A big thanks goes out to PrivacyStar for giving us three subscriptions to give to our readers in a giveaway.This app is a great app that protects you from receiving unwanted calls and allows you to file complaints for unwanted calls. PrivacyStar subscribers just passed a great milestone, check it out…
First I’ll explain what PrivacyStar is for those of you who don’t know. The download is free from BlackBerry App World and comes with a free one week trial. Each month is only $2.99. There are also discounted semi-annual and annual subscriptions. The features of PrivacyStar are as follows:
- Real Caller ID & Number Lookup from your Blackberry menu
- Unlimited Call Blocking from your Blackberry menu
- Block all private or unknown callers
- SmartBlock automatically blocks the top 25 numbers blocked by PrivacyStar users
- Block SMS text messages
- Do Not Disturb feature automatically sends an SMS to the caller with your own personal message such as “I’m in a meeting and will call you back”
- Report potential violators of Do Not Call laws to authorities
- Share blocked numbers with other PrivacyStar users
- Fully integrated with your personal PrivacyStar portal
What milestone are we referring to? Here’s the information from the Press Release:
CONWAY, Ark. – February 9, 2011 – First Orion, makers of the popular PrivacyStar application for Android and BlackBerry smartphones, today announced that PrivacyStar subscribers have filed over 100,000 complaints with the Federal Trade Commission. PrivacyStar includes many productivity tools, including allowing individuals to block all unwanted callers and also report potential Do Not Call Registry and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations direct from their smartphone, making complaint filing easy, accurate and accessible. In addition to the ability to report telemarketing and debt collection violations, PrivacyStar’s suite of features also includes call and text blocking, Caller ID, Do Not Disturb and more.
“With an estimated 150 million telemarketing calls being made daily in the United States and of those, as many as 20% may be Do Not Call violations, we knew there was a growing need for the PrivacyStar reporting function, but did not expect it to take off as it has,” said Jeff Stalnaker, CEO of First Orion. “We are now averaging over 10,000 complaints filed per month and the response from customers has been amazing.”
PrivacyStar expanded its reporting function to include debt collectors at the request of customers and after working with the Federal Trade Commission. PrivacyStar complaint data is automatically generated by users and fed directly into Consumer Sentinel, the secure database available to more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad for consumer protection purposes. Based on PrivacyStar statistics, 35% of all complaints filed are related to debt collection practices while about 25% relate to telemarketers
PrivacyStar is available for all BlackBerry devices running OS 4.5 and up. You can download it from BlackBerry App World for free for a one week trial here:
For me, it seems like AddOnIs with the spam blocking ability of SmrtGuard and the reply text of ASAP. All are three apps I keep for those little blocking apps and ability to reply when I’m busy, so to have it all in one app is pretty nice indeed.
Now for the giveaway. First you need to leave a comment letting us know what you’re going to do with PrivacyStar and what call or text you’re looking forward to blocking most. Good luck, and let the contest begin!