Hiya is an automatic reverse phone number lookup and call blocker app for your smartphone.
The Hiya caller ID app from Whitepages makes it easy to find out who is calling or texting your smartphone. Whenever you get a call from an unknown phone number, Hiya automatically does a reverse phone number lookup and shows you any listing information that is available for the calling number. Hiya helps people identify and avoid unwanted calls, telemarketing calls and text messages on their smartphones with advanced caller ID and phone number blocking technology.
The app used to be called “Whitepages Caller ID,” but the company later changed the name to Hiya. The Hiya caller ID app has been so popular and successful that Whitepages recently decided to spin the app off into its own separate company. The new app reportedly offers users the latest, greatest caller identification and spam protection technology available for smartphone users.
Although the Federal Communications Commission is constantly fighting phone spam, Whitepages claims that there was a 54 percent increase in consumer complaints to the FTC regarding unwanted phone calls as in 2014. Unwanted phone calls from unknown phone numbers can cost people and businesses valuable time and money and can involve dangerous and costly scams.
Hiya fights unwanted phone calls and text messages with phone call and text message identification data, real time spam detection and the ability to block unwanted phone calls. Hiya users can choose to automatically block phone numbers that are known sources of spam activity.
The Hiya phone number identification feature reportedly works for any incoming or outbound phone call, even if the phone number isn’t already on your phone’s contact list. Caller ID information is shown on the Hiya app for all inbound or outbound phone numbers. Hiya originally started out in 2011 as an app for updating your smartphone contact list and address book, but Whitepages decided to turn it into a reverse phone number lookup and call blocking application.
With over 25 million users worldwide, Hiya is one of the more popular caller ID apps available. Other popular and notable phone number identification apps include CallApp, Extreme Call Blocker, Holla, and Truecaller. While TrueCaller is currently the most popular caller ID application, with over 100 million users worldwide, Hiya claims to be the most popular caller identification application in the United States.
According to Whitepages and Hiya founder, Alex Algard, there has been a major surge in the amount of unwanted phone calls and spam messages to smartphones in the past few years. As a result, more and more people are ignoring phone calls that come from any unknown phone number that is not in their contact list. With over 1.5 billion phone numbers in their caller ID database, Hiya helps smartphone users avoid unwanted phone calls from a large list of unknown phone numbers worldwide.
Whitepages is an online directory assistance and people search company based in Seattle, WA. The company offers contact information on over 300 million people through their various people search tools, such as name search, reverse address lookup and reverse phone number lookup.
Whitepages also offers advanced people search data through their “Whitepages Premium” and “Whitepages Pro for Business” services, where users can find more detailed information on people such as street addresses, phone numbers, family members, known associates, public records, court records, mug shots, bankruptcies, foreclosures, liens, judgements, property records as well as personal and professional license records.