Online directory service Truecaller has crossed 100 million users in India. A BGR report added that the company had reached 80 million users in India last month and added 20 million more users in less than a month. In August last year, we reported that more than 50% of Truecaller’s 70 million registered user base was in India, translating to at least 35 million registered users in the country, up from 30 million in April last year.
Truecaller claims to have a database of 1.7 billion numbers from the country and blocks over 120 million spam calls daily. The company plans to hit 150 million users in India by the end of this year.
Late last month, the company introduced an ‘availability’ feature on its Truedialer Android app where users could turn their availability to on and off. This feature is available under “Availability” in settings which reads ‘show other Truedialer users that I am busy during phone calls (3G/WiFi needed), calendar events and silent mode’. For this, both the users trying to call each other need to set Truedialer as their default calling app for to see these details, implying that the feature will be visible to only other Truedialer users
Funding in the pipeline?
In August, we reported that the company was looking to raise $100 million in funding from as yet unnamed companies (possibly new and existing investors including Google and Twitter). The funding would value Truecaller at $1 billion and be used to grow the product, expansion and build an office in the US.
Truemessenger SMS app
In July, Truecaller launched an Android messaging app called Truemessenger, which claimed to have an automated spam filter, for the Indian market. Truecaller said that it would roll this app out globally in the near future. Truemessenger would essentially do what Truecaller does for phone calls: identify the sender of the SMS through its claimed 150 million wide user base, especially for contacts outside a user’s phone book.
In May, OS-maker Cyanogen partnered with Truecaller to make the caller ID and blocking service app as its default native dialer app. The platform would roll out this integration in future OTA updates for OnePlus One and YUREKA users, as well as integrate it in future smartphones that came preloaded with Cyanogen OS. The feature would also be integrated in upcoming versions of the OS and be available for all users across the globe.
Truecaller’s ~ $80 million funding
Launched in 2009, Truecaller secured $60 million in funding from Atomico, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and existing investor Sequoia Capital in October last year. Prior to this, Truecaller had raised $18.8 million investment from Sequoia Capital, Open Ocean, Truecaller Chairman Stefan Lennhammer, and an unnamed private investor, in February last year. The company had also raised $1.3 million from the Open Ocean in September 2012.
In October last year, Truecaller introduced an alternate dialer app called Truedialer for Android and Windows Phone that provided information about the number users were about to call and allow them to search unknown numbers on Truecaller.
Our Truecaller coverage here.