Despite efforts to crack down on these unscrupulous types, I still get auto-calls all the time from someone telling me that my credit card is fine, but to stay on the line. Why I’d do that I have no idea. It has gotten to the point where I don’t even answer anonymous calls any more. If it’s important, they’ll leave a message. But then I think of my own habits. I never leave voicemails. The problem is that these two components are incompatible. If only there were a way to look up the phone number without paying the typical fees of a reverse directory. That’s where Mr. Number comes in. Started as a contact backup, it has expanded its reverse caller ID to cover any mystery number. The service, of course, is not perfect. True reverse caller ID systems use an actual directory and do cost money. Mr. Number works by harnessing the power of its users. It does browse some directories, but it recognizes many numbers because of Mr. Number users who opt into the caller ID service. It claims to return a valid number for 70 percent of incoming calls. Unfortunately, if you’re on a CDMA network without WiFi, you won’t get a live name to go with the phone number. You’ll have to wait until after the call misses to see the caller. Just another disadvantage of not being able to use the web and voice at the same time. GSM users, however, can see who’s calling before answering, making it easier to pick up the calls you want to take and ignore the rest. Mr. Number also backs up your contacts, though you should probably be doing that anyway with Desktop Manager. They just released an update, and all the recent reviews in App World have high ratings. And one of the zero-star ratings didn’t actually try the app, but instead based it off the lone review that was present at the time. Which is, of course, why you can’t trust App World ratings unless you have a few dozen of them. You can get Mr. Number for free. Via BlackBerry Rocks.
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