A man checks his mobile phone as he stands on a busy road in Kolkata, India January 6, 2017.

The average Indian smartphone user receives 22 spam calls per month

22.6 spam calls

Indian smartphone users receive an average of 22.6 spam calls per month, the most among 20 countries ranked by call identification app Truecaller.

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A man checks his mobile phone as he stands on a busy road in Kolkata, India January 6, 2017.
22.6 spam calls

Average number of spam calls per month

A man checks his mobile phone as he stands on a busy road in Kolkata, India January 6, 2017.
22.6 spam calls

India reached 1 billion mobile phone subscribers in 2015. And this booming market is fueling those spam calls.

A man checks his mobile phone as he stands on a busy road in Kolkata, India January 6, 2017.
22.6 spam calls

More than half of spam calls in India come from mobile operators trying to sell services and offer promotions.

A man checks his mobile phone as he stands on a busy road in Kolkata, India January 6, 2017.
22.6 spam calls

Other sources of spam calls include financial institutions and insurance companies.

A man checks his mobile phone as he stands on a busy road in Kolkata, India January 6, 2017.
22.6 spam calls

But some of those calls are not so harmless: 20% are nuisance calls (ranging from pranks to harassment) and 3% are scams.

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