When an unfamiliar number from another country appears on your caller ID, you are not sure whether you should answer. The Swedish company Truecaller is a mobile phone app that helps you find the owner of phone numbers, especially cell and prepaid phone numbers, worldwide. It is an attempt to create the most comprehensive phone directory in the world, with a mix of white and yellow page listings.
According to Truecaller, Scandinavia has about 60 percent of its phone numbers listed in directories. The United States and some Western European countries might have about 30 percent of numbers available in directories, not including cell phones or prepaid lines. Truecaller says many countries do not even have phone directories for the public to consult. In countries such as India and Saudi Arabia, it is difficult to find listings. In some places, you must pay for phone number information.
To find out who owns a phone for free, enter the number on your mobile phone or the Truecaller website.
?For the time being, it?s only possible to reverse number lookup ? and not name search,? Kim Fai Kok, Truecaller marketing manager, told RESCUECOM. ?Though I have to clarify that in Scandinavia, for instance, where there are public phone directories which we also partner with to get extended data, the name search is available. That?s why the name and address field is on the app.?
People all around the world can pool their personal directories and make them available to other Truecaller users. ?The privacy issue is something we take seriously ? that?s why we have made it really easy for people who don?t want to be on our database to opt out,? Kok continued. ?Please note that we don?t give away, share or sell any data that is in Truecaller?s database.?
Truecaller says that in India, there are approximately 600 million mobile subscribers, almost all prepaid. Until Truecaller, there was no method to look up these numbers. Truecaller says it enabled the India lookup success rate to rise from 0 percent to 56 percent. With Truecaller, people looking for U.S. numbers succeed about 60 percent of the time.
Founded in 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden, Truecaller recently released a new Android version. The app works on the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows phones.
Truecaller recently passed 5 million users, with more than 120 million searches conducted a month.
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Truecaller makes it easy to block calls, including those from numbers already identified as spam.
With the $1.3 million in funding it just received from Open Ocean, Truecaller will expand its markets. ?The funds will further boost Truecaller?s product development and international expansion in key markets North America, Asia and the Middle East,? Kok explained.
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