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  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    My friend has been getting calls from a mysterious number. Since he's even worse at this stuff than I am, he asked me to find out who it was. I tried a number of "free" lookup sites, but they all a. couldn't find it, b. wanted to charge, or c. both. Is there a REALLY free way to do this?
     



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  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    I wouldn't bother. It's probably a robocall from a spoofed number trying to scam him.

    Most of the free reverse lookup sites will give you basic information for free, like a name or city, but you pay for the details. Some of them will say the found it but it will cost you to see the data. Those I'd avoid.
     
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  3. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Install YouMail and be done with it
     
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  4. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    What is YouMail? How will it help identify a caller? Does it replace gmail?
     
  5. n0tall0wed

    n0tall0wed Android Enthusiast

    It's a spam call blocker. It's one of the best free ones. Combines user input with online records
     
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  6. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    None of the above.

    I've never used it, but I've seen it mentioned around here lately. It's an app that lets you dispense with robocalls and other unwanted crap automatically.

    Here's its Play Store page.

    It says it has ads. I don't do ads. Perhaps it has a paid upgrade--I didn't investigate that far.
     
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  7. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    I use the free version and never get ads.
    Works great, it does what it should, which blocks spam, spoofed, telemarketers calls, even stops voice messages from them. It will replace your current voice mail, but you can always uninstall it if you find it not to your liking.
     
  8. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    That's odd. I wonder if the developer knows about that.
    Sounds great. Too bad there's nothing like it for landlines.

    I don't normally use free apps. If I try an app and like it, I buy the paid version; if I don't like it, I uninstall it. I appreciate the time, skill, and creativity that goes into creating a nice app, and I want to encourage talented developers to keep 'em coming! And I can't stand ads...
     
  9. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Used to be.
     
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  10. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    You Mail has been outstanding for me for blocking spam. I haven't received one spam call since starting it in April. Now you may have to enter a spam number to add to their database of known spam numbers and that happens with any call blockers.

    The fact that it plays a message stating "This number has been disconnected" to your blacklist or Youmail's blacklist is just great. Also, they can't leave a voice mail even if it is dead air.
    After all, I don't just block spam numbers.

    As far as ads, I use an ad blocker so I don't see any ads on my phone.

    You Mail was known for its voicemail and it's great at that too. Huge library of pre recorded voicemail greetings and works great. Alot better than any of the carrier voicemail apps.
     
  11. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    Yeah, but...that wasn't my point. *shrug*
     
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  12. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Never said it was.
     
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  13. I use YouMail for my mobile, too. It's almost perfect I think. For landline, I always manually look up the numbers on Google or some online complain boards, like http://whycall.me or any other similar websites. It takes a lot of time, but what else can we do?
     
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  14. Kattedjiron

    Kattedjiron Lurker

    Thank you for the useful information!
     
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  15. Bearsyzf

    Bearsyzf Android Expert

    Get Google Fi
     
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  16. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    What the heck is that? Is there a nongoogoo alternative? What does it do? Most of the time I'm just looking for a phone number or email address, rarely a physical address, almost never anything else.
     
  17. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    google fi is google's own telecommunication company.....so basically they have their own cell service you can use instead of att or verizon for example. i think they use t-mobile and US cellular towers though.

    Meet Google Fi
     
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  18. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Did reverse lookup monetize?
     
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  19. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    I've had varying degrees of success using True People Search. They have an app, in the play store, but I just use the web version.

    https://www.truepeoplesearch.com/
     
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  20. buratinio

    buratinio Lurker

    I also had the same situation and I couldn't find the caller. A person called and told me some unpleasant things about my husband. Firstly, I thought that it is his ex but I was wrong. This was not a childish joke because it was the voice of an adult. I asked my husband and he didn't know what to answer. So, I used the service Reverse Phone Lookup to find the number and I got information about the scammer who called. I decided to contact the police, but it takes too much time and action, so I left this venture and just blocked this number.
     
    #20 buratinio, Jan 19, 2021
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2021
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  21. Bedivir

    Bedivir Lurker

    You need to download an app for spam call blocker.
     
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