Truecaller now wants to be your entire communication toolkit, allowing you to send messages or money to your friends instead of just serving as your caller ID app. The app has just added the option to make VoIP calls to your friends, but it is now enhancing its chat feature by adding group discussions that prioritise privacy.
With the addition of group conversations, Truecaller’s iOS and Android apps now provide users another way to spam their pals with texts. According to the official press release, an invitation-based system and the phone number’s secrecy are what set Truecaller’s group chat apart. Let’s examine each one separately:
The administrators of the group will not be able to randomly add anyone from their contacts list to the conversation in Truecaller, similar to the recently implemented group controls in WhatsApp. Instead, users will be sent an invitation to join the group chat, which they can accept or reject. The business claims that in developing the group chats tool, it made use of their spam-free philosophy.
Moving on, until a person saves the contact to their device, Truecaller won’t display a member’s mobile number if they have joined a group that contains someone they do not already know. To protect everyone in the group’s privacy, you will need to email that person a request in order to display their phone number.
When receiving incoming chats or SMS, Truecaller automatically separates messages based on saved numbers, unsaved, and spam.
In a group chat, users can view the profiles of other participants to find out with whom they are now chatting. The ease with which you can switch from sending an SMS to sending a message over data is another notable aspect of this capability. The former is available when you have an Internet connection, but if your connection is spotty, the talks will still go on. SMS texts will be useful in this circumstance.
There is potential for the Caller ID to enter the messaging market by winning over new users with its current user base of over 100 million active users in India and over 1 million paid customers. However, it would difficult to break the monopoly of WhatsApp, Hike, and other established services in the country.