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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. bdwayneh's Avatar
      bdwayneh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo Tim View Post
      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.
      no there is not an app that will allow you to see who is spoof calling you. It would be nice though However this app is awesome I have friends who likes to block there number to prank call and I could see who it was to get revenge this has been around for a while it use to be free but you could upgrade your service I guess since it got in the app store its not free anymore.
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo Tim View Post
      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.
      so if my phone goes off at work, and i ignore the call, i may be sending my girlfriends phone call to the service?
    1. bdwayneh's Avatar
      bdwayneh -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      so if my phone goes off at work, and i ignore the call, i may be sending my girlfriends phone call to the service?
      The way I understand it is works by conditional forwarding. Basically if you ignore the call it goes to the trapcall service if you let it ring out and go to voicemail it still goes to your voicemail
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Quote Originally Posted by bcondemi View Post
      What about the people that pay their phone providers a monthly fee to have their numbers blocked?

      Can another company unblock the block?

      BC
      Pretty sure there is a difference between a blocked number and a private number. My parents still have a home phone number and they get a TON of solicitors calling them. They usually come up as 'blocked'. However, when I call them with the privacy option turned on on my DroidX, it comes up as 'private', same with *67,
    1. slap690's Avatar
      slap690 -
      Yeah I'm with you guys on the "$5 a month is waaaay too much" especially for something that I may use twice a year. Maybe they'll put out a "lite" version though, I'd really like to see this in action!
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Do not want! They can leave a message if it's important.
    1. Brinker07's Avatar
      Brinker07 -
      Can't find it
    1. trapcall_nathan's Avatar
      trapcall_nathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by matthew_d View Post
      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?
      TrapCall actually does not interact with the power button in any way. The standard way to reject or ignore a call when your phone is locked is to simply press the power button two times. We use this to help explain the app to our users, instead of telling them that they to "reject or ignore" the call which, believe it or not, confuses some people.

      Additionally, I'd like to point out a slightly incorrect statement from this story. Once a call has been rejected and sent to TrapCall's toll-free number for unmasking, we actually loop the call back to your phone again with the Caller ID unmasked so that you can answer this call. We do also offer the ability to get this information as a push notification and a text message as well, but this is in addition to the phone call!

      Also would just like to point out that TrapCall is indeed 100% legal in the United States, which is why Apple ultimately was able to approve our app.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      $60 a year isn't worth it for me. I wish it was a few free ones a month and I would use it. I only get 2-3 blocked calls a month that would be nice to have but not worth it for $5/month.
    1. Syroko's Avatar
      Syroko -
      I have been waiting for TrapCall to be available in Canada for years... Same thing with Google voice, we are always left behind.
    1. Tizocman's Avatar
      Tizocman -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      a camera app cant use the buttons differently, but this app can?

      no the two tap of the power button to ignore the call is a iOS feature, the service (i have i used when it was free) routes all your calls thru there computers and any blocked call gets unblocked, i didnt like it because none of my voicemails would make it thru to my phone i would have to get transcripts(which sometimes are cool) sent to my email or check there site but im guess thats why they have the app so you can still access it on your phone
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      No thanks... I rather continue using iBlacklist. Blocked, Unknown, and anyone on my blacklist can't get through... Heck, they can't get even leave a voice mail!
    1. ntlord's Avatar
      ntlord -
      Cool idea. In reality, not rocket science, clearly you are using ANI to do this. My question, however, is what databases are you searching on? Can this do blocked cellphone numbers? E.g. if I *67 my cell number and call someone, will this come back with my actual info, or just my phone number?
    1. trapcall_nathan's Avatar
      trapcall_nathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by ntlord View Post
      Cool idea. In reality, not rocket science, clearly you are using ANI to do this. My question, however, is what databases are you searching on? Can this do blocked cellphone numbers? E.g. if I *67 my cell number and call someone, will this come back with my actual info, or just my phone number?
      To unmask the call, we don't need to search any database. This call info gets provided to us and then back to our users because we route through a toll-free number. Once we have the number, from there, we can query a name/address database for the name/address info associated with that number.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo Tim View Post
      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.
      I never knew that and I have had iPhones since the 3G
    1. sketchstudios's Avatar
      sketchstudios -
      I just downloaded/installed it and got a month. I had a little trouble with configuring the voicemail from the default "hosted TrapCall" voicemail back to my "AT&T Voicemail", but a quick support chat session with TrapCall helped me out. Everything seems to be working and I got a push notification from them saying the information of the blocked number. I signed up for the $5/month plan, I agree with the rest of the posters that the rates are a bit too high. Having rate plans that are up to $29/month for extra features? yowza, I really cant justify paying anymore than $5/month for this app. And even that is pushing it. And if I dont see much use out of this in the next month or two I'm cancelling. I just like the idea, which is why Im willing to be a guinea pig at the moment
    1. Tali98's Avatar
      Tali98 -
      Being lazy as I am, I wish I could use this service to look up all the address information for all my contacts and update my contact info. Is there an app that can do this?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I wonder if it will show the true numbers to the fools that call me all the time trying to sell me mortgage refi...
    1. Brinker07's Avatar
      Brinker07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Syroko View Post
      I have been waiting for TrapCall to be available in Canada for years... Same thing with Google voice, we are always left behind.
      That's why I can't find it, lol
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i use to have trapcall way back before i had my iPhone and i was worth it, nowadays i wouldnt need it or use it as i just dont answer the phone for blocked calls