T-Mobile on Thursday launched its new “Caller Verified” features, which is designed to offer it’s users better protection from spammers and scammers.
There are alarming statistics out there about the extent of the spam and scam call problem in the US, with some estimates putting it as high as 50% of all US mobile traffic this year being a scam of some kind. No wonder people are answering the phone less often and using other communication methods, like texting.
The problem is also compounded by the fact that many existing protection apps blacklist known scam numbers, but are helpless when it comes to that other problem you’ve no doubt seen — where a local number gets “spoofed,” with scammers making it seem like a genuine local number is calling you in the hopes that you’ll answer, whereas you [...]
In the wake of a bombshell report detailing how carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile sell real-time location data of subscribers to third-parties, both of the aforementioned carriers have since come out and said that they will stop the practice immediately. While it’s long been known that carriers sell location data to certain third-parties for ostensibly reasonable purposes, the practice has become problematic because the data ultimately winds up in the wrong hands.
As an illustrative example, Joseph Cox of Motherboard managed to track down the real-time location of his friend (who was a willing participant in the experiment) for just $300. The report naturally caused [...]
The Un-Carrier has blocked more than 1 billion scam calls in 18 months.
Few things are as irritating as spam calls, and today, T-Mobile announced that it’s taking a couple steps forward in helping make sure you have to deal with them as infrequently as possible.