Need to block unwanted calls and messages
Smartphones have become more of a basic necessity these days instead of being a luxury. With the help of various apps, these phones are able to several things that makes our life easier. How often do we get frustrated with the frequent calls from credit card companies, banks, broking firms, insurance agencies, etc.? With our mobile number being shared in several online sites and company databases, it is very easy for sales people and marketing people to get hold of our number. This leads to innumerable calls from them on a regular basis. Also, we keep getting promotional text messages from e-commerce websites, deal websites, banks, investment companies, etc. After a certain period of time, we get irritated from such pesky telemarketing and sales calls as well as messages. The best way to get rid of such calls and messages is making use of relevant Android apps. Using particular Android applications, you will even be able to block calls from irritating friends, colleagues, etc.
Best Android call blocking apps
Call Control - Call Blocker
This app is provided by Kedlin company. It is available for free download on Google Play store under "Communication" category at: Download Call Control Android app
It is an advanced call and text message blocking app powered by community. This powerful Android app allows you to determine who can call or SMS on your phone. The community-powered feature of this app makes it very different from other call blocking apps.
Some useful features are listed below:
This app is available for free with the LITE version with certain limitations like only 3 personal blacklist entries, one update for community blacklist, etc. However, the pro version (with all features) is available for 14-day free trial and later you have to pay for it.
NQ Call Blocker
NQ Call Blocker is provided by NQ Mobile Security and is available for free download on Google Play store under "Business" category at: Download Call Blocker Android app
The unique thing about this app is that apart from blocking unwanted calls (by rejecting them or forwarding them or replying with an automatic SMS) and unwanted text messages (through blacklist or allowing only phonebook contacts to message you), it even protects the privacy of your phone by not letting other check your call log (or call history) and SMS. It even allows quick backup of your contact list (to a server) for later use. With this feature, you will be able to transfer data to new phone across platforms (Android, Blackberry, Symbian, etc.). From the privacy perspective, using Private eraser, you will be able to delete call history and text messages that you do not want to be seen by others.
It is also available in the premium version (paid) which provides the Private space feature enabling users to move some private messages and call logs to a separate private space (which can also be hidden).
Call Blocker X
This app is available for free download on Google Play store under "Communication" category at: Download Call Blocker X Android app
It is a location-based call blocking app that requires internet connection along with Google Maps. The USP of this app is it's usability and very less battery consumption. It helps to identify locations from where you don't want to receive calls. You can use this app to block calls and messages by location, time and group. Also, you can straight-away block unknown calls. You are even allowed to set specific ringtones to specific groups or set automatic SMS responder. A minor drawback is that this app will not be able to block any calls or messages from Facebook, Skype or Google Voice.
This app is available for free download on Google Play store at: Download Mr.Number Android app
It is an easy-to-use app for blocking calls and text messages along with the added feature of identifying spam by enabling lookup to unknown phone calls.
Key features of this app are:
This app did feature in the list of PCMag 100 Best Android Apps of 2012 and receive the 2012 Appy Award for Best Communications app.
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