Google Voice Deals With Anonymous Callers By Creating New Caller Groups

Don’t you hate it when you get a call and the number is “restricted” or “unknown”? It’s annoying because you know full well that it’s most likely spam calling. If you are a user of Google Voice, however, you can now get your sweet revenge on telemarketers everywhere with the introduction of two new customizable caller groups.

Basically, calls can now be divided into those in your address book (All Contacts), and those that are unknown (Anonymous Callers). The anonymous group is where you can have some fun by setting up a custom greeting that picks up after one ring. Use this message to tell anonymous callers just how you feel about them being… well… anonymous. Or, if you’re not in the mood to be creative, simply send them to voicemail directly and deal with them later. Awesome addition, Google.

source google voice blog


Name ID comes to T-Mobile as first real Caller ID for smartphones

T-Mobile just introduced Name ID, which is essentially the same type of caller ID that is available for landline phones. Right now when someone calls your smartphone, the name is only displayed if they are in your address book. Name ID will give you the name and phone number of everybody who calls you, including the ones that are not in your address book.

I can’t think of how many times my phone rang and I was wondering who it was: should I ignore or answer? This is a welcome addition, but as expected, it is not free. They are offering it free for 10 days, but after that runs out, it will cost you $4 extra per month. I am not sure if it is worth it to me because anyone who is important is already in my address book, but for those of you that may use your phone for over 1,000 minutes per month, you might find it to be a good deal.

For now the service is only available on the Samsung Exhibit 4G, and later this month the myTouch 4G Slide will be supported. Of course, more phones will jump on board in the near future.

One other interesting tidbit is that this service is handled by Cequint, who are the makers of City ID, which comes preloaded on many phones as bloatware.

[via phandroid]

First Orion Launches PrivacyStar Caller ID App for Android

Have you ever received solicited calls from marketers even though you are on the Do Not Call list? How about calls from people prank calling or creditors that are harassing you constantly and you want to block them? I have been in situations where I receive a call from a number I do not recognize but it might be a call I needed to take. Now PrivacyStar for Android brings the same service that was on landlines to your mobile. With PrivacyStar you can identify callers and even add numbers to block lists if necessary.

First Orion offers a 7-day trial for PrivacyStar for Android and is usable on version 1.6 and above. Once the 7-day trial is over First Orion offers several payment options for their service including $2.99 a month, $15.99 semi annually, and $28.99 annually. If you want a way to identify your callers then give PrivacyStar a try and let us know what you think.