Back in mid-2009, me and my co-founder Nami Zarringhalam discovered a problem we wanted to solve. We were constantly getting phone calls from abroad, either by …
Back in mid-2009, me and my co-founder Nami Zarringhalam discovered a problem we wanted to solve. We were constantly getting phone calls from abroad, either by friends, relatives or work related calls that we didn?t have the numbers to. The dilemma we faced was that it was impossible to lookup their number ? because there wasn?t any service that could do reverse number lookups worldwide.
In Sweden, where we are located there are a couple of services where you can type in a phone number and you get the name of the owner of the phone. But where do you turn to if you want to identify a phone number from India, Jordan, or even the US? Either the services were non-existent or the information was poor and very expensive, so we set out to build a service with a simple belief: number lookup and people search should be available no matter where you are in the world – and Truecaller was born.
Since the very beginning, our mission has always been to make Truecaller available on all connected devices ? where Symbian was one of the first platform we developed for. We think that too many startups nowadays focus on creating products and services that only the high-end users can use. So we asked ourselves why would we exclude more than 1.5 billion people who use low-end mobile phones from our service?
Today, we are proud to announce that Truecaller is available for Nokia S40 phones. We made a quiet beta-launch two weeks ago and we are impressed how huge the demand has been. Even though it?s not considered as a smartphone there are still possibilities to develop apps for S40 platform, and now it?s here. Being able to connect with people should be easy and free, and that?s what Truecaller does.