Hiya Reviews 2020: App to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls
Hiya, previously White Pages Caller ID and Call Blocker, started out as just a reverse number lookup service but has added call-blocking and caller ID services.
Is it Hiya a good app to identify and block robocalls, telemarketers, and fraudulent calls? Keep reading this complete Hiya app review to find the answer.
What is Hiya (on Samsung)?
Hiya (previously White Pages Caller ID and Call Blocker) was once just a reverse-number lookup service. Now the app also blocks calls and offers a caller ID service.
Launched in 2016, this free caller ID application now has more than 3 million users in 196 countries. It allows you to block calls, blacklist unwanted phone numbers and text messages, reverse phone search incoming call information and receive spam alerts.
Hiya is native to Samsung Galaxy devices that are used on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the US and can be added to Galaxy or other non-Samsung phones by downloading the apps. Hiya is completely free to use and is well rated in both the App Store and Google Play Store.
Hiya Review: What Hiya Can Do?
Spam Call Blocker
Hiya identifies and blocks robocalls, telemarketers, debt collectors and fraud calls like neighbor spoofed call scam.
Phone Number Lookup
You can lookup the phone number of a call from an unsaved contact to find out the true caller name and whether it is likely a robocaller. Whether it’s a call from a business, friend or potential spammer, hiya’s global database of caller names gives you real-time context on who’s calling.
Spam alerts and Fraud Detection
When you receive a call, Hiya will look up the number in its database to check if it needs to be flagged or not. If the number is suspicious, it will display a warning message so that you can reject the call.
Add names and addresses from Hiya to your phone book contacts to keep them accurate, complete, and current.
Is Hiya App Safe to Use?
Dan Hastings, a senior security consultant at cybersecurity firm NCC Group, found that Hiya uploaded device data — device type, model and software version, among other things — before a user could accept their privacy policies.
Hiya confirmed that it sends some device data to third-party services when opening the app but claims it doesn’t collect personal information and sell them.
Is Hiya Free to Use?
Free users can receive incoming call spam detection with daily updates and spam reporting while automatic blocking will only be available for Premium users. Free users will can also enjoy unlimited free lookups for spam and scam numbers.
If you want to access to a more detailed database of Caller IDs or block fraud and spam call automatically, you can start a 7-day free trial of Hiya Premium. After the trial, the premium version of the call blocker app will cost you $2.99 a month, or $14.99 a year for the annual plan.
Hiya Reviews: Is the Call Blocker Right for You?
Anyone that is receiving an intolerable amount of telemarketer, spam, or robocalls may appreciate the features of Hiya. However, the same as Truecaller, Hiya does collect some data from you as you use their service. It is your hand to make the decision.