Mozilla has announced a new feature aimed at trying to eliminate spam received via cell phone calls and messages. The function is part of Firefox Relay, a service launched two years ago. Initially only available in the US and Canada, the company will charge $5 for the feature, which does not allow you to make calls or send messages.
Relay is nothing more than a feature that masks your real email address in order to protect your identity. According to Mozilla, the service has blocked more than 1.3 million unwanted emails since its launch.
Now, the company wants to embrace the function of hiding phone numbers to try to avoid receiving unwanted content on the smartphone as much as possible.
How many times have you shared your number without thinking too much? […] Having your data shared across multiple companies increases the chances of your information being leaked. Before you know it, your number has landed on a spam call list.
This way, Relay subscribers will receive a system-generated number that allows them to receive up to 50 minutes of calls and 75 text messages per month; email masking is unlimited.
From there, calls and messages can be forwarded to the user’s cell phone and it will still be possible to answer or answer them, if desired, without the sender discovering the real number.
If the user is receiving unwanted spam content via text or call, it will be possible, according to Mozilla, to practically block all phone numbers or select specific ones.
Function is only available in the US and Canada
The service is now available and it costs US$ 4 per month in the annual modality – in total it is US$ 48. However, in the monthly plan its price goes up to US$ 5.
It is worth mentioning again that it does not allow you to make calls or send text messages. In addition, the user can only have one masked phone number and the service is initially available only in the US and Canada.
For those who prefer to have just the email hidden, Mozilla still allows you to choose between the free and the premium plan, which costs US$ 2 for the monthly plan and US$ 1/month for the annual plan, totaling US$ 12.
There is no information that the service can reach Brazil.
With information: Mozilla