This is awesome!
A couple weeks ago I went online to look at different Health insurance plans. My information pre-filled into the information boxes with my phone number. I was under the impression I was on my way to viewing comparisons. Second after this information what was entered, I started receiving solicitation calls from The health Registration Center. These people will drive you nuts. They called me every day, 20 times per today, sometimes minutes apart and sometimes at the same time. The first day I answered 5 or 6 times and asked them not to call me anymore. Each person I talk to said they would update their records. The calls never stopped. They would start just before 8 o’clock in the morning and go on until 8 o’clock at night. I just kept my ringer off and thought I was going to have to change my phone number.
Since downloading this App I have been able to turn my ringer back on. Such a relief! My phone doesn’t even ring anymore when they call. No more voicemails from the robot named Emily or Angie. I get a notification on my screen to open and hear them talking to my answer bot (which has been quite entertaining) and get the option to continue blocking that number. This is the best App ever!
Works fairly well, but calls have increased
The app works pretty well. I purchased RoboKiller after I was constantly getting two calls a day from a fake alarm company. The app instantly managed to block those calls despite the phone numbers always changing. Setting up the app was pretty easy. Although, when reporting spam calls from the recent call list on my iPhone XS I’m not able to scroll through the list of option descriptions to report to RoboKiller the type of spam call (other than the first 4 or 5 choices).
What’s troubling me is the number of spam calls I’m receiving has drastically risen since I’ve installed the application. About a week after installing RoboKiller the number of spam calls I received on average went up to 4 a day and they’re more complex such as IRS spoofing calls, fake collection calls, health insurance calls, and more. I feel like signing up for this service has either added my number to a list that attracts more spam calls, or something the application does when handling these calls has spread my number to more fake calling systems. Either way, it’s now made it impossible for me to not pay for the RoboKiller service since if I stopped paying for it I’d be getting spam calls four or more times a day. The application is also not catching all of these calls with usually one of the four making it through daily. If I get any more fake calls I’ll be back to the two a day I was at before installing RoboKiller.
Great app, a few simple fixes could make it greater
My phone got to the point where I got
15-20 calls per day of spam, scam and spoofing.
I don’t need to go into detail of what they were because by now we all know them. THIS APP WORKS!!! In two weeks I’ve gotten only 3 calls that have come through. One of them was marked “unknown” and there’s nothing any app can do about that. It says it blocks a few a day but I’m sure it’s much more since many spams just hang up and don't interact with the bot. There are however two issues. The first is the default bot message. It says you are using robocall and invites the caller to leave a message if they choose. It also says the message may not be heard. First, the caller ca talk and be recorded while the bot is talking. That makes no sense. I wish it could be a customized voicemail so in those rare occasions were a legit call gets through someone can leave a real message and doesn’t need to know they’re talking to an app. This would be huge especially for someone applying to jobs if they were to miss a call from a hiring company. Also, I missed two calls from capital one and Amex. Since much of this is crowdsourced I’m wondering if people are reporting legitimate phone numbers as spam because those numbers are calling them for legitimately unpaid bills. It’s wrong for people to report numbers as spam because they want to avoid valid calls.
Actually encourages calls
App worked well at first and was amusing. However, a fundamental flaw in the app is despite how fun it is to punish scam spam callers with the recorded messages, the fact RoboKiller technically ‘answers’ the calls to play the funny recordings in fact provides scammer robocaller software autodialer systems an indicator your number is 1) valid and 2) gets answered. This in turn makes your number get shared by these scammers and their call generation algorithms. I paid full year $29 but sadly had to cancel it. The only callers this works on are actual human dialers. I’ve reported a clear robo caller fake debt collector scammer number to RoboKiller for quite awhile and it never blocks. It gets answered by RoboKiller and I hear the robocaller message going on and on at the same time RoboKillers funny voicemail message plays. All that is doing is telling the scammer my phone number is worth calling. Just surprised RoboKiller doesn’t block it even though I’ve reported and flagged it and several other numbers for weeks. I’m going back to just using my iPhone blocking tool. I never answer calls I don’t know anyhow. RoboKiller was fun though! It just shoots itself in the foot answering the calls. Actually encourages call activity and you can read in Popular Mechanics, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal et al regarding the how robocaller software keeps calling and sharing phone numbers that get answered.
2 Star App, NOT 5...
...Now that I’ve got your attention— When I first purchased this app, it worked 90% of the time, which was awesome. About 2 months ago it stopped blocking as many calls every week. More than 3/4 of them. Spam numbers that are similar to mine, which is most of them, and other numbers just started ringing straight through. I got an alert from the app stating that an extension or attachment (something on those lines) had disconnected. I took a screenshot and emailed it to Customer Service. I explained what was going on and let them know I tried to fix it with no luck. I’ve emailed 3 times, but no one will reply. Very frustrating! When I first started using the app, I had questions (and a suggestion) and wrote a couple of emails. I didn’t hear back, but didn’t think anything of it. Recently I wrote a 2 star review similar to this one. I posted it, but it’s nowhere to be found in these reviews. As for the app, seems like once they have your money— they’re finished with you. I see that I’m not alone in other reviews. READ the 1-3 star reviews! I didn’t. And if you get this app, hope that the technical gods are on your side... Because customer service won’t be.
DOES NOT WORK WITH SPRINT!!!
UPDATE — After I cancelled my subscription customer service admitted that with Sprint the app does not work. They also asked that positive reviews be posted on social media but negative reviews be emailed only to them. Um... no. People need to know that problems exist with this app.
I heard about this app from and friend and was SO excited to try it out. Unfortunately, it’s been a headache for a month. All calls, including spam, are still ringing off the hook at all hours of the day. Also, my actual contacts are all being redirected to a RoboKiller voicemail instead of my personal voicemail on my phone. I have been in contact with customer service several times and they keep giving me new phone numbers to try to correctly install they app but none of them worked. Nor have they directly answered my question, “is this app supposed to filter calls so automated calls and spammers never or rarely actually ring through AND can the app allow my saved contacts and numbers I don’t have saved but are real people who need to reach me ring through and be directed to my personal voicemail if I can’t answer. I’ve been dealing with “Frank” and he seems nice but was utterly unhelpful. He did not respond to my latest inquiry. So to sum up, this app seemed like it would be just what I needed and wanted, but in the end it fell so short I would give it zero stars if I could, and it is not worth $5 to even try it out for a month.
Not Able To Activate!
by KMattie P
I have been trying off & on for about 6 weeks or so to activate this app to no avail. Every time I click on the activate button, it goes through the call process then shows that it’s attempting to activate then I finally get a message that “RoboKiller couldn’t be activated at this time.” It gives you the option to try again or to get help. Well the try again just takes me through the same nowhere process and the get help option opens up a blank screen with no options for anything. So, I have to go back and click “Try Again”. There is a support option in the top right corner of the screen, and when I click on that I get another window that gives me a chat box to click on. That opens up to something that looks like it’s opening up a page then finally get the message that says “Could Not Connect - Sorry we cant connect you right now. Please try again later.” One of the notes on the bottom of the page says to “make sure WiFi is turned off when activating.”
I’ve done all of these things and am still not getting connected. I got my “free” trial period and now I’m a paying customer, but am NOT getting the service I’m paying for. I am NOT satisfied and unless the people or BOTS behind this app can help me, I DO NOT recommend it. There are a lot of good reviews, but unless something changes for me, I will not change how I feel about this app. This has been more than frustrating.
Works for me!
by Let's Review
I have had only two spam calls in the last 90 days - true story!! Although I am using it in conjunction with my free T-mobile spam blocking service as well. So maybe that’s helping too. I’ve been using Robokiller almost 9 months now. I would recommend you give it a try, if you’re getting multiple spam calls a day.
I do wish they would let you delete the “bots” you know you’ll never use. It’s getting a bit bloated with just silly bots that really make no sense at all.
I stay with the “Basic’s list”, myself. The “This number is no longer in service...” (you’ll know it when you hear it), or “Fax machine” bots are ideal for those concerned with triggering “this is a good number”, algorithms. They should figure out pretty quickly no one will ever take their call at this number. They’re just be wasting their time if they keep calling.
Or, if you’re worried you might miss a legit call (not in your contacts), there’s a bot that explains exactly; that you’re using RoboKiller, and they’re free to leave a message, but you may not return their call. The best part is, you’ll never hear the phone ring if your caller is a known spammer, on RoboKiller‘s extensive (over 1 million spam numbers collected, database). Try it for a month.
Reduction in spam calls
I had been receiving 2-8 telemarketer or robocalls a day. The Do Not Call Registry is pretty much useless, and just trying to duck these scammers and spammers is like walking through a minefield, thanks to their ability to use “neighbor spoofing.” As careful as I had been, I had called a couple contractors and was expecting a local call - and in came a couple calls that got me on their list - and the deluge began.
So I signed up for RoboKiller. It has blocked some calls, has let some pass through, and is okay... I do think there was a “magic bullet” that a caller made, and RoboKiller played the “number disconnected” recording. When that one caller heard that, it sounded like he was saying, “what? Hm, uhh...” and next thing I knew, my call volume dropped dramatically - so, to be honest, it seemed like there was a database that a bunch of scammer-spammers were sharing, and once one of them got that message, my number was removed from the database, and all the callers accessing it stopped calling. Good!
But since all that, I am still receiving several calls a week that slip through, about as many as RoboKiller blocks. I don’t think it’s RoboKiller’s weakness, nearly so much as the sophistication the scammer-spammers use to spoof a number that looks legit. Still, it’s not blocking the calls, and I am exploring for a better solution.
An absolute Godsend!!
10 stars plus!! I was at my wits end! I have been receiving numerous harassing spam phone calls from thieves who identify themselves as Apple Support Services. They leave robo messages saying my account has been compromised. These calls are a scam! They have called continuously every waking hour for several days and each call is from a different number. Literally within minutes of installing this app, I got another call followed by many more. To my extreme delight, RoboKiller caught these calls! Initially I used one of the pre-set recordings that RoboKiller offers. It was hilarious listening to these idiots trying to interact with the Russian dude recording I selected. The calls were blocked, but I needed to make a recording specific to these thieves in order for them to cease calling altogether, which is what I did. I deafeningly advised them to stop calling my number, threatened a lawsuit and told them they have been reported to the FTC. I ended with a few choice words in Italian LOL. It seems this did the trick because I haven’t had a call in almost 24 hours and it has been heaven! I cannot thank RoboKiller enough for restoring my peace of mind!! Highly recommend!!