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Line, the messaging app that’s an alternative to the likes of Whatsapp, has boasted of an install base of 300 million users. And it’s now stepping into a new market by launching Whoscall exclusively for Android, which serves as a caller ID for company numbers.

The app differentiates from Truecaller by being only about commercial phone numbers. Truecaller Truecaller: Cross Platform Called ID & Phone Lookup App Truecaller: Cross Platform Called ID & Phone Lookup App Read More also works with any individual’s phone number, which Line is avoiding.

Line Whoscall claims to have a database of over 600 million phone numbers from around the world, but they state that it works only with company and store number—individual users aren’t covered, as Line uses only numbers published by companies and store in the Yellow Pages or online. It’s similar to one of the important features of Android KitKat Android 4.4 Is Out: 6+ Reasons You And Your Non-Techie Friends Should Care Android 4.4 Is Out: 6+ Reasons You And Your Non-Techie Friends Should Care Android KitKat is out, and there's no way you've missed it. But should you care? Why, yes, yes you should. Read More , which Google will be rolling out soon.

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The cool part with this is that you can create ‘blocklists’ to stop being bothered by certain companies. Blocklists will thwart both calls and text messages, and you can block individuals or entire categories such as all international numbers or all numbers not in your contact list. “You can also use Whoscall to manage phone numbers by category or tag, and block calls and text messages from numbers in your contact list,” Line says.

Line Whoscall is available as a free download from the Google Play Store. Of course, if this isn’t to your liking, there are other caller ID apps to annoy telemarketers Four Free Caller Identification Apps That Will Annoy Your Telemarketers [Android] Four Free Caller Identification Apps That Will Annoy Your Telemarketers [Android] Sick and tired of unknown callers hammering away at your sanity? The vast majority of such calls originate from commercial entities, rather than your friends or loved ones calling from roadside assistance phones. But how... Read More .

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Source: Line blog via The Next Web

  1. Javier
    January 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

    It's pretty funny to me, that LINE pretends to give anti-"spam" solutions, when they are the main spam source in my phones...

  2. Tom W
    January 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    In my experience, the most annoying phone calls come from companies that don't list their number anywhere. This would reduce the effectiveness of Whoscall.

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