T-Mobile Adds New Anti-Robocall Feature with Comcast

By Anna Breuer on 17 April 2019
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"Did you say your name was Robbie the Robot?"

“Did you say your name was Robbie the Robot?”

T-Mobile announced plans to introduce new fraud-prevention technology that will prevent mobile subscribers from receiving calls from spoofed numbers as well as from robocallers. The announcement was made in conjunction with Comcast, which will implement the same technology to protect its customers.

The feature will work across both companies’ networks to prevent spoofed calls and robocalls.

“Robocalls and spam calls are an industry-wide problem, and we’ve got to join forces to keep consumers protected,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “T-Mobile continues to remain on the frontlines in the battle against unwanted calls, and we won’t stop.”

The feature uses an industry standard that will block robocallers and spoofed calling numbers called STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs).

The announcement is the first time that the standard will be available across networks and is a move towards industry-wide call verification, T-Mobile said.

The self-described “Uncarrier” also said that its Caller Verified feature, which uses STIR/SHAKEN, is now available on ten smartphones including the LG G8 ThinQ and the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Note 8. Subscribers who have the latest software updates on the devices will see “Caller Verified” on the display for authentic calls made either on the T-Mobile or Comcast Xfinity Voice networks.

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