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13m calls, 25m spam SMES blocked in Nigeria - Truecaller

Over 13 million calls and some 25 million spam Short Messaging Services (SMSes) per month, have been blocked in Nigeria, ITRealms authoritatively reports.

According to the Truecaller application, these are mainly from people predominantly using Nokia and BlackBerry phones, to a wide array of Androids and Apples.

With over 20 per cent of its user-base in Africa, Truecaller app service identifies over half a billion calls a month in the region, and 50 per cent of SMS received were spam.

Confirming this, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Truecaller, Alan Mamedi, noted that the cost of both mobile phones and data continues to nose-dive, people all around are now armed with connected devices.

“There is an increased importance placed on smartphones in peoples’ daily lives. It’s their primary gateway to the internet, their connection with family and friends, people abroad, and increasingly their main banking and finance tool,” he said.

In addition, Truecaller, he said, is pleased and excited to announce that it now has over 100 million daily active users, using the app for their daily communication.


“There are only a handful of mobile-only services that impact as many users each and every day and we are humbled to be able to join this exclusive group,” Mamedi said.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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