tellows’ Caller ID Protects Against Unwanted Calls on iPhone and Android

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Leipzig, Germany, February 15, 2018 — It gets annoying when the phone rings and at the other end a salesman, a marketing peddler or a subscription cheat steals valuable time. The tellows caller identification and blocking apps put a stop to that. Over 400,000 active users a day rate phone numbers online. As a result, malicious phone numbers are instantly known in the community – and the tellows apps warn directly on the phone screen or block them.

In short:

• New iPhone App: “tellows Caller ID & Block”
• Improved Android app with spam detection and personal blacklist
• Evaluation of unknown calls
• Usage of the knowledge of the tellows community
• Detection of over 200,000 untrustworthy phone numbers
• Use of more than 4 million pieces of information about individual telephone numbers
• Up-to-date spam warnings
• Over 400,000 users a day
• Website: http://www.tellows.de
• App information: https://blog.tellows.de/2012/08/tellows-app/

The iPhone app “tellows Caller ID & Block” is the successor to the previous tellows iPhone app for caller ID with an advanced blocking feature for all iPhones with iOS 10 or higher. For incoming calls, rating, caller type and caller name are provided in real time. Unwanted calls can be blocked in order to not be bothered by unwanted callers. With a daily update, the numbers can be imported on the iPhone to receive all warnings for currently dangerous phone numbers for immediate identification. Several thousand numbers can be easily stored without the user seeing the contacts visible in the contact list.

For Android devices, tellows published a comprehensive update of the current app “tellows Caller ID & Block” which in addition to the caller ID, for the first time has a blocking option and personalization of blacklists available.

In addition to searching, commenting and rating phone numbers, unknown incoming calls are immediately identified. By downloading the current blacklist, calls can also be blocked. This blacklist contains all untrustworthy phone numbers and stores them on the phone. This also makes an offline caller identification possible. The app offers the possibility of logging in to connect to the tellows user account. By using the login, a personalized blacklist can be downloaded. The personal blacklist contains, in addition to the previously reported spam numbers, all negatively rated numbers by the user.

The apps are based on the well-known web service, where more than 400,000 active users rate unknown phone numbers worldwide. The negative entries become available directly to the iPhone and Android app users, so they already know whether to answer the phone when it is ringing. Over 500,000 telephone numbers have already been reported by the community as “untrustworthy.” They are immediately recognized by the apps and reported accordingly.

Christian Anton from the consumer protection platform tellows.de: “The annoyance caused by unwanted calls has continued to increase in the recent years. This makes it all the more important to bundle information about telephone numbers in order to provide the consumer with a reliable solution to unwanted telephone calls. Thanks to the active tellows community, we can quickly detect unwanted phone numbers and provide them directly in the blacklist of the tellows app – so phone spam has no chance!”

“tellows caller ID”: Clear warning against spam calls.

Once the apps are active, they completely work in the background. For an incoming call with an unknown number, the app compares the phone number with the current blacklist and warns the called person in case of a negative call.

The “tellows score” indicates how dubious a phone number is. The score ranges from 1 to 9, where the 9 stands for “extremely untrustworthy.” In the app settings, the user can specify from which score value tellows should step in, in order to display a clear warning on the screen or to block the number immediately. So an unwanted call can be ignored immediately. It is also possible to view details and the comments about the phone number made by the community so far.

If the app fails once because the number of a penetrating caller has not yet attracted attention, then each user can become part of the community and report the number from the app. The most important categories, such as “serious number,” “sweepstake,” “debt collection company” or “aggressive advertising” are given for selection. In addition, a personal comment can be posted to warn other users as well. A reverse search that allows you to actively look up phone numbers completes the apps.

Stefan Rick, CEO of tellows UG (limited liability): “tellows itself is not an official telephone directory and therefore cannot provide data for all existing telephone numbers. The primary focus is not on individual private telephone numbers, but on dubious or well-known telephone numbers of public interest. tellows is based on the wisdom of the many. The more users share their experiences within the community – either on the website or with the apps – the more powerful tellows becomes.”

Related Links:
Website: https://www.tellows.co.uk/
Blog: http://blog.tellows.co.uk
Magazine: https://www.tellows.co.uk/c/about-tellows-uk/the-tellows-magazine-for-the-uk/
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.tellows
iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tellows-caller-id-block/id1166263660?mt=8
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tellows
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tellows_en

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Maria Burns

Maria Burns

Maria is a Viral News Editor who graduated from the University Of California. She likes social media trends, being semi-healthy, Buffalo Wild Wings and vodka with lime. When she isn’t writing, Maria loves to travel. She last went to Thailand to play with elephants and is planning a trip to Bali.
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