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TRAI will soon introduce a Truecaller-like caller ID feature

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) may soon introduce a Truecaller-like caller ID feature that will display callers’ names based on their KYC.

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  • The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) may soon introduce a Truecaller-like caller ID feature.
  • The system would allow a KYC based caller name to flash on the screen when you receive a call from someone.
  • The government, with its latest caller ID system, aims to replace Truecaller in the country, which offers similar services.

Tired of spam? You might not have to worry about that anymore as the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) may soon introduce a Truecaller-like caller ID feature. The system would allow a KYC based caller name to flash on the screen when you receive a call from someone. The government, with its latest caller ID system, aims to replace Truecaller in the country, which offers similar services.

Truecaller displays the caller’s name, even if the person’s name has not been added to the contact list. However, the name displayed by Truecaller is not based on KYC. Truecaller displays the name that was defined by the user. The information obtained by these apps is outsourced, so the authenticity of these apps is questionable.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given a nod to TRAI to begin work on the caller ID feature. According to the President of PTI TRAI, PD Vaghela said that the regulator should start working on it in a few months. “We have just received a referral, and we will soon start working on it. The KYC name will appear when someone calls. The mechanism will display the name on a phone screen, in accordance with KYC performed by the companies telecommunications, as per DoT standards,” Vaghela said.

The caller ID feature will not be forced on users. TRAI says it will be a voluntary, consent-based program. The subscriber will have the power to decide whether or not to display his name. This will keep spam calls at bay.

Reacting to the government’s decision to introduce it, the Truecaller spokesperson said, “We welcome all the actions of the mission to make communication safe and efficient.”

“Number identification is crucial to ending the threat of spam and fraudulent calls and we at Truecaller have worked tirelessly on this important mission for the past 13 years. We appreciate this decision by Trai and would like to to reiterate that we remain very supportive of this and any future initiatives they have,” the spokesperson added.