WhitePages acquires Android call-blocking app Mr. Number


Contact information services firm WhitePages has acquired Mr. Number, a popular call blocking and spam identification app for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, with more than 7 million Google Play downloads to date. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The free Mr. Number blocks messages and calls from any person, business or phone number prefix, including private and unknown numbers. Users can customize the app to automatically pick up and hang up on some callers or send others to voicemail. Additional features include reverse lookup for mobile and landline numbers, Business Caller ID details and spam reporting. Mr. Number has earned an average Google Play user review ranking of 4.3 stars out of a possible five.

Serial entrepreneur Jason Devitt and former Google executive Mike Wells launched Mr. Number in 2010. In mid-2011, the startup secured $3.5 million in funding from Menlo Ventures.

WhitePages boasts more than more 50 million unique monthly users and powers more than 2 billion searches per year across sites including WhitePages.com and 411.com. The company also serves roughly 15 million active monthly mobile users across its mobile website and iPhone and Android apps. WhitePages will continue to offer Mr. Number alongside mobile services like Current Caller ID, which identifies the vast majority of incoming calls or texts and delivers real-time social networking updates for frequent contacts.

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