Truecaller now does more than just flag spam
Popular call management app Truecaller has evolved into a much powerful tool than it used to be. Identifying unknown callers and blocking spam calls and messages are not the only calling cards it is using to acquire more users. You can now make payments, recharge your phone and even chat with friends using the Truecaller app.
We take a deep dive into Truecaller to find out what all it has in store for Android and iOS users.
Truecaller is one of those few non-wallet apps which offer peer-to-peer payment, using National Payments Corporation of India’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) for it. The argument in favour of UPI is that it is more reliable and allows users to send/receive money directly into their accounts, instead of a third party wallet. To access UPI on Truecaller, go to app menu->Payments->and verify mobile number. First-time UPI users can create their virtual payment address on the app and even check their account balance and transaction details.
Another cool feature of the Truecaller app is that it allows users to recharge their prepaid numbers and pay their postpaid bills. This feature is linked to UPI though and requires users to login into the account on Truecaller app. To acess it, go to Menu->Recharge.
Truecaller is trying to get into the social networking space with a feature called Flash messaging. It allows users to connect with friends sending a pre-defined message or emoji. It can come in handy when one doesn’t have the time to type a full message. Users can save a pre-defined message which they can use afterwards. To send a flash message, tap on the thunderbolt icon next to the contact’s name. Flash messaging is free and needs internet connection to work.
Scan number to call and pay
Truecaller has added a new feature which allows user to scan and dial a number written on a paper. Users won’t have to manually enter the number in the dial pad as the app will auto-generate by scanning the number. Users can access it in the app’s dialler page. One can also use it to scan a number for UPI payment.
Video calling on finger tips
Another foray into social media space is the tie-up with Google which makes video calling available to users right from the Truecaller app. Users can start a video call in the Truecaller app by tapping on the Duo icon next to the SMS icon in the contact profile page. However, for this to work, you need internet connection and the Duo app on the smartphone.
This is an attempt to improve upon the spam filtering capabilities of Truecaller. It can identify all spam messages and send them automatically to a separate folder. This will give the message inbox a cleaner look and also save the time spent on scrolling through a long column of useless messages. This works only if you are using Truecaller as the default messaging app.
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