Now, There’s Nomorobo for Your Smartphone!
Public Policy Fellow
Pictured: Aaron Foss, inventor of Nomorobo
There may be new hope for those overwhelmed with robocalls to their smartphones: You can get Nomorobo for your cell! Nomorobo, the call-blocking service for home phones, just announced a beta version for smartphones. IPhone and Android users will soon be able to download the app, which will automatically identify and block unwanted robocalls. This is exactly the type of service that phone companies should be offering to their customers, for free!
Unlike the free Nomorobo service for Internet-based landlines, the smartphone app will cost $4.99 per month after a 2-week free trial. And because it’s still in the beta version, they’ll likely be still working out a few kinks in the service. Even with the price increase, consumers have flocked to Nomorobo’s website to download the app. According to their website, due to demand, they’ve had to set up a waiting list. Nomorobo says that “We’ll let you know as soon as you get access.”
Consumers Union activists tested Nomorobo for home phones last year and gave it great reviews. Consumer Reports summarized:
“Nomorobo intercepts all calls after the first ring, compares the number to its vast list of robocall originators, and decides whether to let the call go through. Recipients hear the first ring; if the call is legitimate, the phone rings normally. “Only blocked one call that I wanted,” raved one tester. Once he added the number to the wanted-call list, “they got through the next time. I seriously could not be happier.” Among 40 testers, 25 gave Nomorobo top marks on a scale of 1 to 5, and nine rated it 4.5 or 4.”
Many consumers can sign up for Nomorobo for their home phones – click here for a list of providers. Time Warner Cable customers – as well as customers of smaller providers like Sonic, VoIPo, and Ooma Premier – can sign up directly through their customer portals. Customers with AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios, Comcast can sign up through the Nomorobo website.
Nomorobo’s new app isn’t the only option out there to protect your smartphone – click here for a list of robocall-blocking apps, some of them free, from the Wireless Association.
Clearly, the technology is available to protect your phones from unwanted robocalls. That is why we are calling on all major phone companies to provide you with easy-to-access, and effective robocall blocking options – for free! Help push for an End to Robocalls!
Have you tried the Nomorobo app for smartphones? If so, let us know what you think in the comments!