We cover the widespread — and still growing — problem of robocalls and spam calls pretty extensively, in part because the people behind this seem to get more creative at finding ways to essentially spam our phones while industry and government officials seem to make little headway fighting back. Thankfully, though, that’s starting to change, little by little.
We told you last month about T-Mobile’s new “Caller Verified” tool that’s designed to crack down on spoofed calls — those calls you get that seem to be coming from a local number but that are really just from spammers who are trying to trick you into answering the phone. [...]
Ahead of the FCC’s meeting on Wednesday focused on toughening up caller ID rules to make it harder for spam callers to hide their identity, a new report is out that shows the effect such calls are having on Americans’ overall smartphone usage. No surprise, one of the big takeaways is that we’re answering our phones less often.
Spam phone calls are righteously one of the most annoying and time-consuming things ever created. If you are sick and tired of the endless spam calls, here is what you can do to avoid them:Do Not Call Lists
If you have not already done this, then you need to register your phone, and your landline numbers with FTC’s Do Not Call Registry. You will have to go onto to their website and verify your registration, add your information and finalize the verification of your number. Once you are done with this, you can easily report unwanted phone calls. This agency will not act on your complaints specifically, but it will suggest for you the steps that you can take to block of [...]