Restricted Caller Unmasking App Surprisingly Approved
“Hey, is your iPhone running? You better go catch it!” Yup, we have all gotten quite a few annoying prank calls from a restricted number and have at times wondered who the heck it is that keeps calling – and keeps doing unoriginal jokes that are not funny. If anything, maybe knowing the name, number, and address of this amateurish joker will lead to you giving this guy a few pointers or two. If this prankster knew what he or she was doing, then the prankster should at least be using a caller ID changer. Restricting calls is so yesterday, but people still do it.
TrapCall, an app put through 204 day review period that seemed as if it would never be approved, was made available in the App Store a few days ago. The free app provides you access to the TrapCall service, which costs $5 a month. Not only can you figure out all of a restricted caller’s information, but the app can also automatically block/ignore restricted and private calls among other features.
Simply ignoring a call with by pressing the power button twice will put the TrapCall service into motion, sending you a text message or push notification including the caller’s name, number, and address. Since the app can do this without your launching it, a red flag is definitely raised as to how it gets around and is able to read call data. Not only that, but it seems that the automatic ignoring of restricted calls seems out of the reach of what an app is usually allowed to access and use.
Additionally, you can be alerted about missed calls (useful when your phone has no service at the time of the call or is off) and have voicemails transcribed into text. If that is not enough for you, let blocked callers think that your phone is disconnected with the option to play a message informing them of so when they call.
It seems like just about everything the app offers is stepping over the usual boundaries Apple sets, but after seven months Apple finally caved and figured out the app’s usefulness. 9 to 5 Mac shared a statement from Tel Tech Systems product manager Nate Kapitanski explaining how the service unmasks calls:
“The service is actually 100 percent legal as we’ve even dealt with the FCC on this. The reason the app is legal is because the way the service works is that missed and rejected calls get forwarded to an 800 number for unmasking. The FCC has made it clear that because the owner of an 800 number has to pay for every incoming call to their number, that they’re entitled to see who is calling them – even if the caller ID is blocked.”
Do you think this app could be useful for you? Justify whether or not a $5/month subscription to the service is worthwhile in the comments.
Written by Michael DeLisi
[via App Store]