Truecaller: Are spam calls a thing of the past?

Android app will identify junk callers, saving you time

We've all received either spam or marketing calls that are unsolicited. There's always an awkward call to be made; are you rude to the caller or do you just sit through a few minutes of misery? 

Well, that may well be a thing of the past now. European start-up, Truecaller, provides caller ID information for incoming calls, using a number directory that is "crowdsourced" by its users. This means the app will inform users  who is calling them, even if the incoming number is not saved in the user's device. 

With a community-based spam list of more than 200 million numbers, it's safe to say their database is rather extensive. Key features of the app include:

- Always see who’s calling — works for saved contacts and unknown numbers 
- Block PPI nuisance callers and telemarketers
- Search for any name or number
- Make calls directly from the app
- No more unknown numbers in your call history
- See when your friends are free to talk
- Copy a number anywhere (e.g. website or apps) and Truecaller will tell you who it belongs to

Apple unveiled a spam-call identification feature as part of it's iOS 10 launch. The app is already available for those with developer accounts and will be available to everyone by September.