Our review ran in June:
Special Report Bonus Review 4: Privus Caller ID
This is as much a warning as a review. Privus Mobileís aggressively priced $83.40/year Caller ID software & service for BlackBerry is a terrible solution in many ways. First, its name is misleading; you expect a Caller ID product to help you decide whether or not to answer a call; BlackBerry handsets already display whatever Caller ID info the carrier is sending; beyond that, if itís a number on the BlackBerry contacts list, itís able to display a name, the type of number (like work or home or mobile), a picture of the caller & play any specified custom ring tone. The Privus product doesnít do any of that. Its action begins after the call ends when it sends the info youíve already seen to a remote server that does a reverse lookup (we all know how iffy a proposition that can be) & eventually displays what it found on the handset, where itís big claim to usefulness apparently centers on making it a smidge easier to enter that info into your contacts list. Between its cut & paste & free applications that can do reverse lookups, weíre not in love with the idea of cluttering a BlackBerry with what we believe to be a slow, clumsy & overpriced application. Did we mention that registering involves agreeing to abandon some personal privacy rights? Bottom line: in our opinion, Privus Mobile Caller ID for BlackBerry is not all that useful, at least somewhat misleading, not appropriately priced, not a good value & probably not that good an idea to begin with.