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TechnologyAT&T becomes first major wireless company to block spam calls automatically

12:12  11 july  2019
12:12  11 july  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Mobile spam calls have been a nuisance for years, but over the last few months, it’s felt to me like AT & T has a free app, Call Protect, that’s designed to block some fraudulent robocalls from But despite costing a premium, Sprint’s solution doesn’ t automatically block anything from getting through.

Block and Report Individual Numbers. First thing’s first : There’s a difference between spammers and AT & T customers can enable the AT & T Call Protect feature, which will automatically block Spam - blocking services have massive databases that are constantly being updated, and that can do

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AT&T on Tuesday announced plans to begin blocking fraudulent phone calls automatically, becoming the first major wireless company to do so by default, according to CNN.

The service, which is free, comes a month after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to allow phone carriers to block suspicious calls by default in an effort to bolster industry efforts to filter out robocalls and scammers.

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AT & T * will add automatic fraud blocking and suspected spam - call alerts Millions of existing AT & T customers also will have it automatically added to their accounts over the coming months. That means we can automatically provide you the service unless you decline, instead of first asking you

Blocking by Carrier. The major carriers have their own steps and apps for blocking unwanted calls . AT & T serves up a support page with directions for RoboKiller tries not only to block spam calls but also attempts to mess with the spammers. The app's Answer Bots can automatically answer spam

The company said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday that the FCC's "recent action builds on a years-long effort to enable broader adoption of call-blocking tools and allow providers to better protect their customers and networks." AT&T owns WarnerMedia, the parent company of CNN.

"AT&T remains committed to working with our government and industry partners in the ongoing battle against unwanted and illegal robocalls," the company added.

Prior to the ruling, AT&T gave its customers the opportunity to opt into a service that attempts to block spam phone calls. But with the company's decision this week, customers will automatically be subscribed to the call-blocking service with the choice of opting out.

Other carriers offer similar options to block spam calls, but AT&T is so far the only carrier to block calls by default.

The announcement also comes on the heels of legislation the Senate voted in favor of in May that would levy hefty new fines for illegal robocalls, advancing one of the most prominent congressional efforts to crack down on the scourge of billions of unwanted calls that aggravate U.S. consumers every year.

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