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Wired Says Truecaller Is One of Stockholm's Hottest Startups

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That is why the Truecaller Team is overjoyed to be named as part of Wired's list of hottest Stockholm startups of 2014! We have a big month ahead of us with new recruits to the Team, and brand new features coming to the Truecaller app!

Thanks for the support, and stay tuned!

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The Power of the Block

"....and if you order now, I will throw in a second product for an additional $9.99!"

We have all heard it - and many of us thought we were safe from telemarketers once we switched from landlines to mobile phones. In the United States, and many countries all over the world, there is a special list called the National Do Not Call Registry (NDNC in India). Citizens can add their number to the list to technically reduce their number of telemarketing calls and sales pitches, however, as stated on the U.S. Do Not Call website:

The do not call provisions do not cover calls from political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors, or companies with which a consumer has an existing business relationship.

Furthermore, non-profit companies can also be exempt from the rules if they are calling about informative messages, surveys or political calls, promoting political campaigns, B2B calls, solicitation for charitable contributions, consumers of their business, etc.

While the Do Not Call registry is helpful to end the battle against spam calls, in the end, it is up to the people to identify what is considered an unwanted call. Many companies can still slip through the cracks of the Do Not Call Registry.

That is where the Truecaller app comes into the lives of over 75 million people.

truecaller_block Truecaller is available on all major mobile platforms to help people identify nameless numbers, and also block unwanted personal or telemarketing numbers. One of our main features, and beloved by millions, is the automatic protection against hundreds of locally known telemarketing numbers. Not only will Truecaller users be protected against local and national telemarketers, but they will also be able to see how many other Truecaller users have reported those numbers, and warn other Truecaller users about potential scammers - in real time!

Please note: Due to platform restrictions, some devices are not able to use Truecaller block or live Caller ID. More information can be found on our support page.

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Become a Premium User on Windows Phone 8!

Now introducing Truecaller Premium and Name Search for Windows Phone 8 Truecaller users!

Name Search: Search within your social circle!
Know a name, but not a number? Maybe you want to get in touch with a colleague, or a friend of a friend, but you only know their first name. Truecaller can help you search within your social circle to find to right person and quickly and send them a contact request.

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Other Name Search features include:

  • Send contact requests to Truecaller members outside of your personal network
  • Get notified when someone shares their contact details with you
  • Select who can see your contact details in your settings. WP8-Premium

Please note: Users must approve Contact Requests in order for numbers to be shown to other Truecaller users.

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Contact requests are a Premium feature which allow users to search for a person by name, send a request to unlock the contact details. The person receiving the request must approve the request in order for any exchange of contact details.

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Truecaller Ties Up with Expendables 3 to Launch All New Online Contest

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For the next three weeks, the Truecaller Team joins the cast of the hit movie The Expendables 3 to bring an action packed trail of social media contests leading up to an unforgettable treasure hunt inside the Truecaller app!

Join us this August for your chance to win exclusive Expendables 3 merchandise and Truecaller giveaways! Simply follow the #TrueExpendable hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to participate!

First Round Twitter Contest
Friday, August 8th Enter here

Second Round Twitter Contest
Monday, August 11th
Enter here

The Hunt for Conrad
Friday, August 15 - August 21

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Brand Ambassador of the Month: Hamza!

We have a great set of Brand Ambassadors that are hitting the streets and telling their communities about the Truecaller app. This August, we want to highlight Hamza from Sri Lanka and his achievements in the Truecrew. We welcomed Hamza last month, and so far, he has been a shining star in the Truecrew!

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Achievements:

  • Is constantly coming up with creative offline campaigns to highlight Truecaller's features
  • His social media presence is full of character (Give him a follow! @Halibhoy)
  • Meets with Truecaller users in neighboring countries
  • Represents Truecaller through philanthropic work with charities

Why did you want to get involved with Truecaller's ambassador program?
Truecaller provides a solution for an important problem that we all face daily- looking up phone numbers. I always wished there was an easy solution to this until Truecaller popped up. The whole concept of an app in today’s tech generation got me excited to want to be a part of the Truecrew and work with the team in further advancing and improving the app for users by participating in Alpha and Beta tests, promoting the use of the app (in Sri Lanka) and obtaining valuable feedback. I found all this and more (True Goodies) in Truecaller’s Ambassador Program that gave me the perfect opportunity to get involved. brand_ambassador

How does team work effect being a brand ambassador? I have a great team of co-ambassadors – Juzer and Avishka. Almost everything we have done as ambassadors has been together and that is why we have been able to put our synergistic ideas to good use. We also have a great Truecrew and super support from HQ at all times so whatever clarifications or issues we have never last for long. This helps us be more responsive to users in the information they want. As a team we were also highly successful in organizing a charity event which could have never been done by me alone.

You do a lot of charitable work in Sri Lanka. What are your main goals this year with your work?
If I were to theme my goals for this year in the lines of charity work it would be “kids and Education.” I believe that education is paramount from setting the right fundamentals in place for people, the society, and the country to grow. It is unfortunate that many kids cannot afford education and as a result some do not go to school while others are forced to drop out. I want to work in such areas by providing scholarships to such students with potential. In addition I hope to also work with homes for disabled kids in providing them with better facilities for education. Education is a never ending process which requires sustainable commitment.

Why do you think Truecrew Brand Ambassadors are important in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is a country that is experiencing high levels of development where businesses and people are working continuously to embrace and trust technology striving to be more efficient. Ambassadors, I believe, play an important role in creating awareness about Truecaller among people and educating them on the ways in which the app functions and how it will be beneficial to them. Above all however, it is important to listen to what people are saying about the app and what they want to see in the app as it provides valuable feedback in developing customized features for the Sri Lankan market and improving the app in general.

What motivates you?
I find motivation in many things. It may be a movie, a good book, a conversation with someone, a random dream and even jealousy.

Gadgets of choice
I like getting my hands on the latest phones and investigating into their features.

Want to join the Truecrew? We are always looking for talented, socially loveable, and naturally social people who love Truecaller. Please visit our website: www.truecaller.com/ambassadors

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Staff Spotlight: Hello, Sakina!

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Sakina is quite the firecracker when it comes to marketing ideas! She has filled our HQ with a lot of personality.

What’s your job title?
Marketing Assistant

What do you do for fun?
I paint and bake!!!!

Where are you from?
Sri Lanka

What is your favorite thing about your home city?
The amazing beaches.

What languages do you speak?
English, Sinhala, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and Swedish (just a little more than the basic)

Why did you choose to work at Truecaller?
I love Innovation and Truecaller is just that!

You’re known for?
My creativity

Favorite Vacation spot:
Sri Lanka. And also Rome (even though I am yet to visit)

What technology would you need if you were trapped on a deserted island?
A beacon device, to send out a distress signal that can be picked up by any nearby places, ships etc.

Greatest Achievement:
Building a mobile service that won an award in Sri Lanka. Also the achievement of the “Orator” and “debater” award.

I Truly Respect:
Honesty

Where I’d Like To Be 10 Years From Now:
A well-known professional marketing figure.

If you are interested in a fun and exciting career at Truecaller, check out our Careers page!

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Exclusive Nokia X Offer: Free 90 Days of Premium!

For a limited time only, new Nokia X users in selected countries can receive free 90 days of Truecaller Premium when they verify their number inside the Truecaller app! It's as easy as 1-2-3!

We will also be handing out giveaways in selected stores when you purchase a Nokia X Range, X, XL or X2 device! You might even end up with your photo on our social media pages with a #TrueNokiaX hashtag.

Download Truecaller for free on your Nokia X device by visiting the Nokia App Store

Offer available in: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon & Algeria

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Truecaller Tester Wins Best QA Award at Stockholm Testathon!

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When it comes to finding bugs, our top pest control is our lead tester, Tanu! It was no surprise to us that she was the winner of the 'Best Quality Assurance Award,' which she received at Global App Testing's first Testathon in Sweden at the Spotify Headquarters.

A Testathon is similar to a hackathon, but for app testers to identify bugs and give solutions to why they are important to fix. The best testers will be awarded prizes for different categories including creative catergories like 'Funniest typo' and 'Talkative Person.'

During the Testathon, testers were split into teams of 5, and then were given 2 sessions (one to test Spotify's app, and another to test iZettle's). The testers worked together to report bugs, and give feedback on why fixing certain code was critical to the app's development for the users.

I got to know what people look for when testing at other companies, so it was nice to see other strategies and how people work differently and similar to me. -Tanu, Truecaller Senior Test Engineer

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The award Tanu won, was based off of quality of the bug reports written and the value of the bugs found.

What was Tanu's secret to winning the Best Quality Assurance Award?
Many of the testers brought 1 iPhone and 1 Android - both of the latest model. However, Tanu brought a total of 6 devices that ranged from top of the line devices (iPhone 5s and HTC One X8), to low memory Androids, and even an iPhone 4s running on iOS 6. She was able to catch bugs that others might have missed when using only high end phones.

Love what we're doing? You may be our next Truecaller Team member! Visit out Careers site to see what we're up to!

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Born in the U.S.A, and working in Sweden!

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In spite of the Fourth of July, we decided to sit down with our two American co-workers and pick their brain!

Tobias is originally from San Francisco, California and has recently moved from germany to join the Truecaller Team as a Release Manager. Lindsey is also from the West coast of the United States, hailing from Seattle, Washington. She is Truecaller's Community Relations Manager!

What is the most exciting thing about living abroad?
Tobias: Being able to experience a new culture at its roots.

Lindsey: I like being able to know I can be in Italy in 3 hours. It's also always exciting learning how other people have grown up - when it comes down to it, humans have pretty similar familiarities wherever you travel!

How can an American have an influence on working with a tech company in Stockholm, like Truecaller?
Tobias: You bring insight to the company that can only be derived from growing up in The U.S. We see things from the American perspective and this knowledge will be used to improve our product.

Lindsey: In my job, I handle the social media and help a lot with copy writing, so being a native English speaker has its perks. The U.S. is one of the toughest markets to break into from abroad, so hopefully having knowledge of my country will help market towards Americans.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July while abroad?
Tobias: I usually spend my 4th's with other Americans. We'll bring out grill, grab some steaks, and someone will make potato salad.

Lindsey: My mom always sents me a care package filled with American 4th of July stuff. Then, I usually try and make some weird red, white and blue cookie I found on Pinterest. Other than that, if there is no 4th of July party, thou shall become the 4th of July party!

What is your best discovery of food in Stockholm that reminds you of home?
Tobias: Stockholm recently became a big on burgers. The best burger I've had is at Pet Sounds Bar. If you're in town and want a good burger, go there first!

Lindsey: There is nothing like American food, but when abroad, you need to scavenge. There is a burger place called Vigårda that I have discovered. It is really tastey.

Do you need to speak Swedish while working in Stockholm?
Tobias: Not at Truecaller, our office language is English because we have many different nationalities working here. I can see you needing it if you work at a bank or something a bit more corporate.

Lindsey: Truecaller actually offers free Swedish lessons, which is wonderful because they want to help us get around while we live here. But to be honest, everyone here loves speaking English!

How do you survive the dark, cold winters in Sweden?
Tobias: I haven't experienced one yet.

Lindsey: America has blessed Sweden with Netflix.

What is your main advice for any American looking to work or travel abroad?
Tobias: Keep your options open but don't settle. Make sure you are well informed about the cities and countries you are applying in. Read up on housing, neighborhoods, recreational activities done by locals, and you may want to join an expat community. Although English may be spoken widely, integrating can be a difficult process. Finding people that are in the same boat as you can be comforting.

Lindsey: Moving abroad can be a hard decision, but it has been the best decision I have ever made. I have actually grown 'closer' to my family, and realized the things I took for granted while living at home. I think anyone who is looking for a change, an adventure, or about learning how people work in different parts of the world should at least once in their life live abroad.

Interested in Truecaller's job opportunities? Visit our careers page!

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