Consumers Union reports that Aaron Foss, the creator of NomoRobo, plans to roll out an app for iPhone and Android in the coming weeks.
Foss’s NomoRobo was the co-winner of the Federal Trade Commission’s 2013 Robocall Challenge.
Foss has offered the free call-blocking service NomoRobo to consumers with Internet-based home phone service since 2013, and claims to have blocked over 59 million unwanted calls for his 360,000 users. NomoRobo new mobile products will join TrueCaller, Mr. Number, Call Control, and PrivacyStar for robocall-blocking smartphone apps. The app will use a cloud-based blacklist built with spam numbers submitted by consumers and federal agencies like the IRS and the FCC. Foss is aiming for a February release to complement the current tool for home phones.
Consumer Reports tested several home phone call –blocking tools asking participants to devise an effective tool to stop unwanted robocalls. Over 800 people submitted proposals. Over 222 million phone numbers are on the national Do Not Call Registry, and in 2015, the FTC alone fielded over 3.5 million complaints from consumers about unwanted calls.
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