First Orion PrivacyStar Application for BlackBerry Launches in Canada

Powerful Privacy Mobile App Allows Users to Block Unwanted Calls, Identify Unknown Callers and Telemarketing Violations and More

Jan 13, 2010, 10:11 ET from First Orion

BOSTON and CONWAY, Ark., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- First Orion, a corporation with a significant intellectual property portfolio dedicated to phone privacy and preference, today announced the availability of the PrivacyStar™ application for Canadian BlackBerry® users. PrivacyStar can be downloaded by visiting or BlackBerry App World. In App World simply search for PrivacyStar and the download link will be sent via email.

PrivacyStar is a simple-to-use mobile app that enables users to take complete control of their phones by blocking any and all unwanted callers, using Caller Lookup to identify unknown callers and easily report unwanted telemarketing violators to regulatory enforcement authorities.

Users can also view all call information, including how many times a blocked number has called. An 800-search service can even identify those calling from a 1-800 number – callers can no longer hide behind the 1-800 prefix.

With PrivacyStar, BlackBerry users can change their phone's privacy preferences directly on the device or on their own synchronized personal web portal. Blocked numbers can be added or removed from the application through their BlackBerry or personal web portal. The web portal is fully integrated and synchronized with the device and any change made through either the portal or the device is automatically synched with the other.

PrivacyStar is the first and only mobile app that helps authorities identify and locate potential telemarketing violators. PrivacyStar captures detailed information about possible violations including date, time, number and identity and allows the user to effortlessly provide this information to law enforcement authorities for investigation.

"Since its launch in September 2008, over seven million people have registered with Canada's National Do Not Call List, clearly demonstrating that privacy and the ability to block unwanted calls are important," said Keith Fotta, CEO of First Orion. "PrivacyStar captures the information authorities need to enforce unsolicited telecommunication rules. Our Caller Lookup feature is very popular allowing users to identify the name associated with incoming calls. The recently added 800-search service further enables users to identify callers calling from 800 numbers."

PrivacyStar Features and Benefits

  • Simple to Use – After receiving an unwanted call, select the number from the call log to add to the Privacy List and that call will be blocked in the future
  • Report Potential Telemarketing Violations – Upon the user's request, PrivacyStar captures detailed information about possible violations including date, time, number and identity. PrivacyStar allows users to easily provide this information to law enforcement authorities so they may take action
  • Caller Lookup – After receiving a call from a number that is not recognized PrivacyStar Caller Lookup allows a user to identify unknown callers by name and take appropriate action, such as adding to the contacts list or Privacy List
  • Web Portal – Utilize the fully integrated personal web portal to manage blocked callers (including unblocking), provide additional details on violations and manage the PrivacyStar account

Pricing and Availability

PrivacyStar is free for the first 30 days and is available immediately for download. Following the free trial period, PrivacyStar is available for $2.99 (USD) per month. To download the PrivacyStar app visit:, BlackBerry® App World or text myprivacy to 74700.

About First Orion

First Orion delivers the only network-based privacy and preference service to wireline, wireless, VoIP users and smartphones. First Orion has patented numerous privacy and preference solutions and has offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Conway, Arkansas. The company provides consumers the best in phone privacy solutions. For more information about PrivacyStar, visit

First Orion and PrivacyStar are registered trademarks of First Orion, Corp. All registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.


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