Cell phones are great and convenient machines, but when you get an unknown call, things can get kind of tricky. In the old days of home phones and Caller ID, just about everyone’s number was listed and came up. Now, who knows who that call is from. One app is aimed to make the anonymous caller known once again.
CallerSmart Reverse Lookup Phone Book – Community Caller ID & Free White Pages App By Caller Smart Incorporated is a “community phone book” of sorts that is helping everyone avoid those unknown or unwanted phone calls and texts. Here is the app’s full description:
CallerSmart is a caller ID app that helps you with unknown or annoying phone calls and texts. It’s the first community phone book that’s free – and actually fun! – to use.
A reverse look up white pages app for you and each of your friends to help one another find out more about a mystery call or text. Plus, a place to warn others about bill collectors, telemarketers, scammers, old flames, robodialers, and prank callers – all so you don’t mistakenly call someone back you don’t want to talk to.
Best of all, we made it fun to help each other out. Identify or share useful feedback about calls or texts you’ve gotten and you’ll get free prizes and fun Smart Badges just for contributing.
- Look up mystery phone numbers for free - Investigate any suspicious call or text before you respond - Identify where a phone number is from - See useful comments from other users - Monitor activity from others on your phone number - Earn free prizes and fun Smart Badges for contributions to our phone book
To set up CallerSmart, connect through your Facebook or Google account, or with an email address. Once you have created an account you can begin searching and reporting phone numbers in the community. The app states it will help you block phone numbers, though this isn’t really done within the app. The app comes with tutorials in the menu bar that will walk you through easy ways to block calls and texts from numbers right within your iPhone. Good information to know if you didn’t already but not an actual feature of the app. Though they have included links on how to join the Do Not Call List and where to register complaints for those violations to help you prevent further unwanted calls.
CallerSmart has devised a scoring system for profiles in the community called Caller IQ. You can earn points and badges for updating the phone book with numbers of people and businesses. I really liked how their rules and guidelines were written, explaining that CallerSmart is meant to be a useful tool and not for complaining or slamming various businesses and/or people. Searching numbers is easily done from the profile page, and if that number has been reported, any comments and info is displayed, including location and spam score.
I found CallerSmart to be a more than useful tool. I am one that never answers their phone unless I know the caller, but of course, I still want to know who is calling me. Googling the numbers usually works, but can take a little digging. CallerSmart is easy, more convenient and the more people use it, the bigger their phone book gets. Just paste the phone number in the search bar and you are done. Thanks to CallerSmart, I’m never talking to another telemarketer again.
CallerSmart Reverse Lookup Phone Book is available for free in the App Store and compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.