Do you get calls from scammers and telemarketers?
Trick question! We all do!
I stopped getting so many recently, thanks to Hiya. The claim?
Hiya identifies the calls you want to pick up and automatically blocks the ones you want to avoid.
And guess what? As of iOS 10.1 it sure does. I installed it after a day when I had eight scammer credit card calls in a row. In November, a day happened when I got a series of robocalls, and I didn’t answer any of them. My phone flashed, said it had a call, and then it went away, like a hangup. Curious, I popped into my call log to see who’d butt dialed me and saw Hiya flagged the number as a scammer.
They were right. They’ve been nothing but right since I installed it and configured it, and I’ve been unbothered by crazy phone calls.
Setting up the app is onerous, I’ll warn you. On an iPhone, after I installed Hiya, I had to go in to Settings -> Phone -> Call Blocking & Identification. There I had an option for Hiya to allow the app to block calls and provide caller ID. And once I toggled that on, it took minutes for my phone to sync everything up but … Once it was done, the app worked exactly as expected.
The bother went away.
As a California resident, I can write and request (once a year) for a list of everyone they gave my information to, so I may do that later, but they appear to be on the up and up. They’re FTC governed, though given that the drama with all this started because they’re doing fuck all at stopping spammers, your milage may vary.
Me? I’m kicking scammers to the curb.