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What cell phone companies are doing to cut down on robocalls

Posted: 1:58 PM, Jan 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-21 17:54:10-05
What cell phone companies are doing to cut down on robocalls

It's 2019 and there’s still no solution to end robocalls. Now, cell phone companies are taking their own steps to block these annoying calls.

T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint have either already started, or will soon begin, implementing the STIR/SHAKEN standards, which are protocols that verify if a call is real or if it comes from a computer.

T-Mobile also has additional measures to protect you from these calls. The company built its own database of fake numbers. Anytime you get a call from these numbers, your caller ID will label the call as "spam likely."

AT&T also hooks up its customers with a free app called Call Protect. It's similar to No-Mo-Robo, which blocks robocalls. AT&T identifies robocalls by looking for patterns in the calls. A paid version is also available.

Sprint offers premium caller ID at an additional price. Every call that comes through your phone will be identified.

Now, Verizon doesn't use STIR/SHAKEN on its network. However, the company is about to offer a free app that blocks robocalls. It'll also alert customers of potential spam calls and will provide a caller ID on all calls.

The new app rolls out in March.