Mobile and AT&T join hands to combat robocalls

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2019

The FCC, which has named stopping illegal robocalls as its top consumer priority, said last month that carriers have been slow to roll out options for curbing unwanted spam calls. But calls that fail the new Caller ID verification test will not come with warnings unless there's another reason to suspect that it's a scam, T-Mobile told Ars. If a call is important enough, they'll leave a voicemail. That way, the originating carrier signals that the call actually is coming from the person the caller ID claims to be. In fact, U.S. mobile carriers T-Mobile and AT&T revealed on Wednesday that they are teaming up to bring call cross-network call authentication protections to their subscribers. However, AT&T and T-Mobile said: "More calls will be verified over time as more device providers participate, and as more network providers implement the standards."For instance, Comcast started testing the SHAKEN/STIR framework with AT&T in March, and then began rolling it out with T-Mobile in April".

The scourge of robocalls and spoofed numbers is bad as now as it's ever been, but in recent weeks, the government and the private sector have both been taking the issue more seriously.

The carriers jointly announced SHAKEN/STIR (or STIR/SHAKEN) deployment this morning.

In order to use Caller Verified, you'll need one of 12 Samsung or LG devices on T-Mobile or Metro by T-Mobile.

It's a technique that the US FCC has been recommending for digitally validating phone calls.

The free version of AT&T's Call Protect service automatically blocks calls that AT&T categorizes as "fraud". AT&T says it categorizes calls as spam if they appear to be nuisance calls but aren't necessarily trying to defraud people. It will make it easier for customers to filter out unwanted calls. Name ID is included for no extra cost in the $15-per-month T-Mobile One Plus add-on and T-Mobile's premium "Magenta Plus" plan but is a separate $4 charge for other customers.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE