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Sometimes having a cell phone as your main line can be more of an inconvenience than a convenience, especially when it comes to unwanted unsolicited phone calls. Google Voice has offered the ability to block unwanted calls for quite some time now, but not everyone wants to transfer their phone number to that service. Recently the folks at YouMail have updated both Visual Voicemail Plus and WhoAreYou on Android, and now they can both take advantage of the newest feature. Now, with just one click any unwanted numbers can be blocked.

To help users understand which calls should be ditched, YouMail’s network of over two million registered users have identified numerous “spammers” and other unwanted callers.  When these users call, they’re clearly identified, making it effortless for users to recognize unwanted calls.

Both WhoAreYou and Visual Voicemail Plus are available in the Google Play Store as free downloads. If you want to easily block callers on the go, be sure to check them out today! Full press release after the break.

YouMail Announces One-Time, Permanent Ditching Of Unwanted Callers

One-Tap Ditching Completely Removes Nuisance of Unwanted Calls to Users of YouMail’s Android Apps

IRVINE, Calif.  – March, 15, 2012.  YouMail, Inc. (www.youmail.com) today announced that it now has a “One-Tap” solution for Android users that allows any caller to be instantly, completely, and permanently ditched, offering the easiest and most effective app-based solution for blocking unwanted calls.  The feature works with either the Android’s YouMail Visual Voicemail Plus or WhoAreYou app.    

When a caller is “ditched,” their calls are no longer visible or ring the phone, they cannot leave a message, and most importantly, they hear a greeting that the current number is out of service, including the special tones that cause most telemarketing, collection agency, and robocallers to treat the number as disconnected and take it off of their call lists.  Even though the Federal Communications Commission has recently approved tougher regulations against robocalls, YouMail remains the first and strongest line of defense against debt collectors, live telemarketers and other unpopular calls.      

“Cell phones have become many people’s only way to communicate, which forces them to give out their cell number in ways that can ultimately lead to unwanted calls,” said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. “As the mobile number increasingly becomes the primary number, the annoying calls once reserved for ‘land lines’ are beginning to shift to those mobile phones. YouMail’s WhoAreYou app and YouMail’s visual voicemail service provide an exceedingly simple solution to solving that problem.”

Users of the company’s WhoAreYou “Visual Caller ID” application see a popup each time a new caller calls, showing a representative image, such as a Facebook photo or business logo, name, and caller id, along with a large “Ditch” button.  Hitting that button ensures that all future calls from that number will silently be sent to voicemail without the phone ever ringing.  If the user then has YouMail’s Visual Voicemail Plus service as their voicemail, it recognizes the ditched number, plays them the out-of-service greeting, and immediately hangs up.  

To help users understand which calls should be ditched, YouMail’s network of over two million registered users have identified numerous “spammers” and other unwanted callers.  When these users call, they’re clearly identified, making it effortless for users to recognize unwanted calls.

“The new features we’ve been rolling into YouMail recently, as well as our large, active community of users, does the heavy lifting when these unsolicited calls come in.”, said Quilici.  “No matter who might be hounding them via their Android device, a YouMail or WhoAreYou user can still keep their number, lean back, and with one tap, get back to using their smartphone in the way they intended, not the way some solicitor might dictate.”

YouMail Visual Voicemail Plus and WhoAreYou are now both available in the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market).

 
There are 10 comments

RETG says:

Now, I need one for blocking SPAM messages....

briankurtz79 says:

Had you mail with my rooted evo but now that I have a stock (for now) epic touch I think i'm sticking with the stock sprint vvm. You mail was great but a little glitchy

nmDXaddict says:

Great timing for this article! I was called 15 times in 30 minutes by the same number this morning. Downloading and using today!

blkav8r says:

@ RETG Call Control 3.0.7 Pro from Kedlin Company also blocks SPAM... Been using YouMail for quite sometime - fantastic product!

l00natic71 says:

hmm.. I'm probably in the minority here. I love unwanted callers... I'm also probably easily amused. I just make up stories and try jokes on them. I see it as public service, the longer I keep them on the line, the less people they call.

silwon says:

been using youmail for a long time, always works perfectly and everyone loves hearing their own custom greeting when they call me, and a bit of a side note, if your too cowardly to tell a ex-(girl)friend or boring aunt/family member that you don't want to talk to them EVER (without outright telling them so), there are carrier specific messages such as "the number you have dialed has been disconnected. message number 17b" or whatever the thing says, i don't remember:\ anyways, I LOVE THIS APP! I no longer have to sit thru 20 seconds of "so and so called on this date at this time blah blah blah". also i don't have to listen to old saved messages once a month to get to the new one i just recieved (can take forever if you save a bunch of old messages like i tend to do. if you go to their website there are thousands of greetings, most are hilarious! best of all the app is FREE! listen to me gush about this shizz, what i'm saying is GET THE APP! you won't regret it.

rpankoe says:

I'm using the Better YouMail App. It's pretty cheap in the market, but works better for me than the Youmail app did. On my phone there was a small glitch with the speakerphone, but the devs were very responsive and quick to fix it!

SoCalMario says:

Google voice does this already. And you DON'T have to port over your number. It lets you block numbers, custom greetings, allow to have the "disconnected" greeting and allows your to receive all your calls to other phones if you desire. Why would I ditch GV for Youmail? GV allows you to designate spam numbers so that they never ring your phone. And the GV app on android is sweet!

{EDIT|} I want to retract my previous statement. Looks like Youmail is a GREAT addition to google voice on my phone! Will filter calls on my REAL number! Excellent service!

jonthedroid says:

I tried it and entered a bunch of number from spam catching sites like http://whycall.me and it didn't have a single number in it's database (what happened to the 2 million user filter?)

Also a problem with those 'community blacklists' is that if a scammer calls your from a VOIP service and gets his number flagged then your GF who's in a different state and is calling from the same VOIP number will also get ditched... Risk of false positives is just too high IMO

silverfang77 says:

Is there any way to get WhoAreYou to block anonymous calls as well?