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Verizon’s anti-robocall ‘Call Filter’ will automatically opt-in Android devices

Carriers have been in a push lately for anti-spam services. Today, Verizon is launching a big expansion of its free Call Filter service which will automatically enroll “eligible” Android users.

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Major US Carriers & State Attorneys General Pledge to Implement New Anti-Robocalling Technology

The Washington Post reports that 12 U.S. phone carriers are joining forces with 51 state attorneys general to work to implement new anti-robocalling technology.

Under the agreement, the carriers have agreed to implement call-blocking technology, make anti-robocall tools available for free to consumers and deploy a new system that would label calls as real or spam.

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Anti-robocall standards finally rolling out between AT&T and T-Mobile

Automatic call blocking is now the rule of the land thanks to your very own United States federal government — that means you should be getting fewer robocalls and cold dials from spoofed (faked) numbers. It also means the roll-out of a two-part authentication system between the network sending and the network receiving named SHAKEN/STIR. This very system has just been deployed for calls between the AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

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

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How to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls

Spam calls have become quite a nuisance nowadays, we want to block robocalls right away. But it has always been like that all the same. Over the last few months, it has become too intense. Robocall complaints to the federal trade commission have quintupled since 2009, having jumped steeply in just the past year to four and a half million in total.

Surprisingly, that’s just robocalls. There are another two and a half million complaints about live telemarketers. Our private numbers are basically everywhere now being linked to our online accounts, pasted at our email signatures and printed on our business cards.

Giving our phone numbers to anyone, there’s a good [...]

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