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  • Apple Finally Allows Controversial TrapCall App into the App Store


    TrapCall was trapped for months in Apple's App Store purgatory, withstanding one of the most stringent known reviews in App Store history. For 201 days, TrapCall - an app that allows users to find out who's really behind blocked phone calls - was being analyzed under a microscope given the obvious privacy concerns such an app raises.

    But now comes word that TrapCell has made it through. And its' presently available from app maker Tel Tech Systems. TrapCall, it should be noted, is a free app to download, but Tel Tech Systems charges $5 a month to provide the un-blocking service. According to the makers of the controversial app, TrapCall is the only known app of its kind to offer this particular functionality - something we all wish we've had at one time or another.

    Here's how it works. If you receive a call from a blocked number, simply tap the sleep button twice to decline it and direct the call over to TrapCall. Within seconds, the service sends your handset a text message with precise caller information, including the name, telephone number and address of the blocked caller.

    Some are naturally speculating that this app won't be allowed to remain in the App Store for very long as the legality of the service provided is questionable at best. Still, the app is, indeed, available for now. And if you want to check it out, click here.

    Source: TelTech Systems
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Finally Allows Controversial TrapCall App into the App Store started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      $5 A Month? I rarely get any blocked calls anyway, only on rare occasions. Would be fun, but it ain't worth the money.
    1. MPS3's Avatar
      MPS3 -
      my phone company just blocks unknown numbers
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      a camera app cant use the buttons differently, but this app can?
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      well...for 5 a month that is ok if u receive blocked calls all day everyday...other then that, thanks but no thanks...i have a better option and its free...send blocked calls to voicemail...if they leave on great if not , it never existed
    1. bcondemi's Avatar
      bcondemi -
      What about the people that pay their phone providers a monthly fee to have their numbers blocked?

      Can another company unblock the block?

      BC
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I think this is very cool and very useful for me i am down for getting it
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      a camera app cant use the buttons differently, but this app can?
      what are you saying?
    1. I Am Zak's Avatar
      I Am Zak -
      5$ a month? I'll pass. Doubt it's even out here in the UK either.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I definitely don't receive blocked calls enough for this to be worth $5. They might want to consider lowering the price...
    1. TristianLyons1022's Avatar
      TristianLyons1022 -
      If you own and pay for an iPhone but are worried about debt collectors calling you, perhaps you need to get your priorities straight and temporarily downgrade to a GoPhone lol.
      I'm just kidding, I find it funny that they used a Debt Collection agency to advertise their app. I really dont think this app will be used for anything other than a one time "hey look at this!" type situation, it seems kinda silly to pay monthly for a service that you likely wont use. If there was a choice between 5/mo for unlimited lookup or like 25c to look up one number I could see it taking off.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      I use iblacklist to block unwanted callers . As for blocked calls that dont show the phone number , I just dont answer . If its someone that blocks their calls , its for a reason . SO screw them.
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      what are you saying?
      A camera app was pulled because it allowed you to take pictures using the volume buttons, yet this app (so far) remains in the app store for revealing private info about others.
    1. Nintendo Tim's Avatar
      Nintendo Tim -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      a camera app cant use the buttons differently, but this app can?
      When he said "press the sleep button twice", he's referring to the built-in feature of the iPhone. The first time is to set the ringer to silent while the phone is still "ringing", and the second time allows you to ignore the phone call altogether, sending it straight to voicemail; it's an inherent feature of the iPhone, or really, any phone out there.


      My question is will this work with call spoofing? Myself - along with several friends - were hit with several spoofed calls (where the caller forwards his call to appear as if it's coming from someone else) about a month ago. The creepy thing is that the guy not only called me through someone else's number - it would show up as a different contact each time - but he pretended to be that person. Later that night after changing my number through AT&T, he called my girlfriend using my old number.

      I'm sure it's not "backwards compatible" in the sense of a month old phone call, but it'd be nice to know if call spoofing is covered.
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      what are you saying?
      I was refering to the sleep button sending the call to be unblocked
    1. matthew_d's Avatar
      matthew_d -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      what are you saying?
      I think he's pointing out that apps like camera+ won't let you take pics with the volume buttons but this will let you do a command with the sleep button.

      And does anyone know of a jailbreak app that will do the same thing?
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Why would this be illegal? It should be illegal to block your number from others seeing it!
    1. kadernal's Avatar
      kadernal -
      yea I get one or two blocked calls a month tops. Id rather just not pick up. maybe if they charged like 50 cents per call it would be worth it.

      as far as "revealing private info about others" thats crazy talk. There is no reason I shouldn't be able to know who is calling MY phone. This should be built into iOS as far as I'm concerned.
    1. JoeStorm's Avatar
      JoeStorm -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      $5 A Month? I rarely get any blocked calls anyway, only on rare occasions. Would be fun, but it ain't worth the money.
      What I was going to say.
    1. jonathan1683's Avatar
      jonathan1683 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kadernal View Post
      yea I get one or two blocked calls a month tops. Id rather just not pick up. maybe if they charged like 50 cents per call it would be worth it.

      as far as "revealing private info about others" thats crazy talk. There is no reason I shouldn't be able to know who is calling MY phone. This should be built into iOS as far as I'm concerned.

      +1
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      this seem like a really cool app but could also cause some controversy. I have no problem with it because if im calling someone, i need to to talk to them, i dont need them wondering who it is calling them