India has one of the fastest growing online/ mobile populations in the world and is facing many of the same challenges of uncontrolled malware, diverse cybercrime and mobile abuse that the global Internet community has been fighting for years. India might be winning the battle but losing the war on spam calls. While data shows that unsolicited phone calls and texts from telemarketers are on the decline, WhatsApp and Internet-based spam is on the rise, industry experts say. Calls from telemarketers can eat up your monthly minutes, or just plain waste your time. If you’re tired of answering or calling back there are so many apps to help you.
Cell phones are a fantastic way of communication, but they come with unexpected surprises like unwanted phone calls. Maybe the cell phone number allotted to you belonged to someone else. Or, your number mistakenly appeared in some directory. Regardless of the cause, solutions are popping up ranging from downloadable apps and 3rd party services that can help manage the experience.
Propose a technology that will stem the flow of unwanted calls, and the industry will definitely listen — but if it’s Facebook that is doing the proposing, suspicion and fear follow that interest. Facebook is developing a new Android dialer that leverages the social network’s massive database of phone numbers. After trying its hand at ephemeral messaging and news reading apps, Facebook is all set to launch a phone dialer and caller ID app, called ‘Hello‘ for Android users. Facebook is working on a caller ID system for phones that would diminish spammers’ ability to fake or spoof the origin of calls. Other players like Nimbuzz have come out with their own similar approaches. We must admit, the thought of Facebook adding caller ID app to its ranks never got the right kind of encouragement and why would it, after all F.H has been only released officially in US right now. But when has that ever been the reason to not use an app, especially with Android? Just download the F.H apk file and you get all the features right onto your phone.
Nimbuzz recently launched its new call management platform called Holaa. Holaa is basically a free caller ID app. It is available only on Android. Holaa!, like Truecaller, allows users to see details like the caller’s name, photo and location during an incoming call live. It also helps block spam calls from pesky spammers or other unwanted callers. The app regularly provides additional information about phone book contacts, which the user can add to their directory by using the ‘Merge’ feature. Users can also share contact information for both phone book contacts and unknown contacts with their friends using a share option allowing the sharing of names, mobile numbers, photos and e-mail addresses.
Truecaller delivers an experience that goes beyond the limitations of today’s phonebook apps so that people always have access to the right information, people and businesses they need. It lets you search for contact information (based on name or number), identify incoming calls, block calls you don’t want to receive, and make personal contact suggestions based on time and place – so you never have to leave the service to find the right contact.