We used to offer two ways to screen your calls: Mr. Number Call Block for people that you never want to hear from again and Mr. Number Caller ID to identify mystery callers. But some things belong together, like peanut butter and jelly, Ernie and Bert, or Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber. Call blocking and caller ID are both ways of screening your calls and texts and they belong together in one app.
Our first attempt for BlackBerry devices was an app called Mr. Number Professional. Not surprisingly, you found three apps even more confusing than two, and it didn’t help that we released cool new features like text blocking for one app but not the others. (Sorry.)
Instead we’ve added Caller ID as an option in the latest version of Mr. Number Call Block (1.13). Anyone who downloads the app can try Caller ID for 7 days without having to pay or share data. After 7 days the feature turns off and you can activate it again by subscribing for $1.99 per month or sharing data to get it for free. (Call blocking is always free.)
We’ve also redesigned the app to make it easier to use.
Instead of a separate blacklist and whitelist, the new app has one list of blocking rules and you can add exceptions to any rule. (Yes, this works exactly the same way. But when we offered two separate lists, some users thought they had to add all of their contacts to the whitelist no matter who or what they put on the blacklist.)
We added lots more information to the history and added buttons like call, text, and add to contacts. (If you use Caller ID, all your lookups get saved to the history too.)
We grouped all the custom settings together on one tab, including the on/off switch for call blocking.
We fixed many small bugs and one big one: Mr. Number may have told you that it was blocking texts from private numbers. Oops. It is not possible to send a text message from a private number, so those messages were phantoms. Spooky.
We have ‘retired’ Mr. Number Pro. He’ll keep on working indefinitely, but to get new features please switch to Mr. Number Call Block and Caller ID.
Finally, did Mr. Number stop working for you? On BlackBerry devices, 90% of problems are related to permissions. Strange forces can reset your permissions from time to time. Go to BlackBerry Options (click on the Options or Settings icon). Click on “Applications” and choose Mr. Number. All the permissions should be set to “Allow.”
Thanks for all the great reviews, we’ve got lots more coming soon.
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