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BlackBerry Success Story: Call Control App Reaches 1M User Milestone

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We’ve written about Call Control a few times on BlackBerryCool and we’ve been told that the app has reached the 1M user milestone. The app is developed by Seattle developer Ben Sharpe, founder of the self-funded venture Kedlin Company, and has grown through word of mouth and organic growth. This app is a true testament to the new-age of doing business where companies can grow to reach over a million people without the use of a single paid advertisement.

In less than 2 years, Call Control has built a company of a million plus customers* and has empowered them to block unwanted calls and texts from scammers, telemarketers and private-caller nuisances. The only call blocker with a Community Blacklist, generated from over 1,000,000 users, Call Control tracks over 4 Million callers and blocks thousands of unwanted calls and texts before they even reach your device. Call-Control also offers an “Always-On” app experience with constant feature updates and friendly, prompt customer service.
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Mr Number Free Crowd-Sourced Caller ID App with 250,000 Users

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Mr. Number is a mobile caller ID and contact backup app that just announced 250,000 registered users and a new version for BlackBerry devices that can identify telemarketers automatically. Mr Number will back up all of your numbers (including PINs) and you can move them to any supported phone if you lose or break your device.
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PrivacyStar Call Blocking Software Now Available in Canada

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I didn’t know this but apparently March is Fraud Awareness Month in Canada. In conjunction with this announcement, PrivacyStar have let us know that their app is now available in Canada via App World. PrivacyStar allows users to report telemarketers to Canada’s Do Not Call Resitry, in the hopes of keeping everyone’s phone clean of unwanted calls.

See PrivacyStar in the BlackBerryCool Store for more information.

Blackberry Call Control Promises to Curb Unwanted Calls

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The Kedlin Company have announced their BlackBerry app Call Control, which was voted the Best Save Time App by the Verizon development community. The app syncs with a community-generated blacklist of spam callers, to help stop telemarketers and unwanted calls from reaching your phone.

Call Control features include:

  • Call Control stops thousands unwanted calls without the user having to key in individual telephone numbers.
  • Call Control stays up to date with new spam callers by updating your Blackberry on a daily basis.
  • If a spam call does get through, users can easily report the call and instantly block it from calling again, all with one click.
  • Callers with a restricted Caller ID are also blocked from calling.

The app looks promising and it’s going to be important for the Kedlin company to keep their community-generated list accurate. The problem with blocking calls is that even if a single important call gets blocked, it doesn’t matter how many spam calls are prevented.

Call Control is currently available for Blackberry and comes as a freemium service. There is a free Lite version and a paid Pro version for $7.99. Call Control can be downloaded by pointing your device to everycall.us/m/.

CRTC launches National Do Not Call List (BlackBerry Bytes)

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telemarketerGreat news for Canadians who hate getting telemarketer calls on our BlackBerrys (I’m looking at you, GoodLife). The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) launched the National Do Not Call List yesterday, allowing citizens of the Great White North to register their residential, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone numbers. However, registering with the DNCL won’t prevent every solicitation call:

Telemarketers have up to 31 days to update their lists and to make sure they do not call you. You could still receive calls within those first 31 days. Registering on the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) will not eliminate all telemarketing calls. There are exemptions within the Rules that may allow calls from organizations such as charities, those with whom you have existing business relationships, political parties and newspapers.

CRTC National Do Not Call List Registration

(via MobileSyrup)