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Mr. Number Reaches 2 Million Users, Fixes the Mobile PhoneMobile App Brings You More Calls When You Want Them and No Calls When You Don't; Alerts Friends When to Call, Blocks Your Enemies, and Identifies Everyone Else (April 20, 2011)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/20/11 -- Mr. Number, the company that lets you control who can call you and when, today announced that it has reached 2 million users and released a major new version of its application for iPhone and Android smartphones. A version for BlackBerry smartphones will be available within two weeks.
The new version of Mr. Number brings the concept of status from instant messaging to mobile voice and text. You can let your friends know when you're free for a call, when you prefer text, and when you're tied up. You can even tell Mr. Number to send all your calls to voicemail and let your friends know when you're free again.
Mr. Number already blocks calls and texts from people and companies that you never want to hear from again and tells you who is calling when you don't recognize the number, using crowd-sourced caller ID and spam detection. Mr. Number has tens of thousands of customers who pay between $1.99 per month and $9.99 per month for Caller ID, depending on the platform. The company also has a dedicated reverse lookup app on iPhone that is one of the top 10 paid apps in its category. Free versions of the service include advertising.
Since launching in May 2010, Mr. Number users have:
* Looked up over 20 million different phone numbers
* Reported problem calls or spam texts from more than 100,000 numbers
* Blocked tens of millions of calls and texts
"It took us a year to reach 1 million users but only 4 months to get to 2 million," said Jason Devitt, CEO of Mr. Number. "People tell their friends about us because we solve real problems, identifying mystery numbers and blocking spam calls and texts completely. The new version brings you more calls and texts from the people you actually want to hear from, by letting your friends know when you're free to talk."
"We quietly invested in Mr. Number last year because we knew they were working on this and were excited about the vision," said Dave Samuel from Freestyle Capital. "Mr. Number is looking at your true social network -- the people you talk to and text every day -- and bringing it to life."
"Phones have been interrupting people for 150 years," Devitt said. "You never know a good time to call someone and often they don't know who is calling. With call blocking, Caller ID, and now status for voice, we're fixing the phone."
Mr. Number is available as a free download for the iPhone in the App Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mr-number/id429011027?mt=8; and for Android devices in the Android Market here: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker.
About Mr. Number
Mr. Number develops apps for smartphones that let consumers control who can call them and when. More than two million people use Mr. Number to let friends know when they are free to talk and when they are busy; to block calls and texts from people that they don't want to hear from again; and to find out who is calling when they don't recognize a number in the first place. With support for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones, Mr. Number brings you more calls when you want them and no calls when you don't.
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