Technology The industry’s magic bullet for robocalls is currently useless on an iPhone
AT&T and T-Mobile offer cross-network protection against robocalls
AT&T and T-Mobile announced today the carriers are offering robocall identification across networks in a first step toward SHAKEN/STIR implementation.
Robocalls are a scourge, but cellular networks have finally started fighting them with a, which work to verify that a call is coming from a real phone number and not a spoofed robocall or spammer.
Apple finally added support for STIR/SHAKEN with iOS 13, which should be great news in theory, adding millions of new devices that will now get this verification technology. But there’s just one problem: Apple’s implementation of the feature is essentially useless for actually identifying incoming robocalls, rendering the whole thing moot.
T-Mobile and AT&T are actually working together to stop robocalls
The scourge of robocalls and spoofed numbers is bad as now as it's ever been, but in recent weeks, the government and the private sector have both been taking the issue more seriously. In fact, US mobile carriers T-Mobile and AT&T revealed on Wednesday that they are teaming up to bring call cross-network call authentication protections to their subscribers. That's right -- two of the industry's biggest rivals are working together to help you. © Provided by Penske Media Corporation T-Mobile-Robocall © Provided by Penske Media Corporation t-mobile-sign-2 T-Mobile and AT&T will take advantage of the SHAKEN/STIR caller authentication technology to ensure that anyone who
On Android devices, when you get a call from an unknown number and both you and the caller are on a network that supports STIR/SHAKEN call authentication (which right now isand in the US), you’ll get a “Caller Verified” notice if your phone supports the feature. iPhones support this tech in theory with iOS 13, but Apple won’t display that information on the call screen: just the number and the location, as it usually does.
Now, you can still find out if a call is a verified call on iOS 13, but only after the fact, by going to the call log where a new checkmark icon is now displayed next to any verified calls. It’s certainly better than before, when there was no support at all on iOS — but the main purpose of the verification feature is to help you figure out if a caller is real before you pick up the phone. Showing it in a log that’s only accessible after you’ve gotten (and potentially answered) the spam call renders the STIR/SHAKEN system mostly useless.
A T-Mobile representative noted to The Verge that they’re “hoping Apple will change this” in the future. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this piece if we hear back.
The EU will cap the price of calls made between Block
countries Parliament and the EU Member States have reached a preliminary agreement on a law limiting the cost of phone calls from a bloc country to a other, hoping to get a new popular success after removing the roaming charges.
The agreement was reached on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday after 12 hours of negotiations, as part of a broader overhaul of the 15-year-old telecommunications laws.
This redesign aims to encourage operators to invest in fiber optic networks and open up radio frequencies for 5G services.
But unlike the initial proposal, the European Parliament pushed for international call prices within the EU to be capped, believing that these prices were often disproportionate.
Under the interim agreement, calls from one EU member state to another will be limited to 19 eurocents per minute. The sending of SMS will be capped at six cents of euro.
"No more expensive calls and SMS! Today we decided to cap prices if you call or send an SMS from your country to another EU country," said a member of parliament negotiations, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, in a message on Twitter.
Last year, the EU celebrated with great fanfare the elimination of roaming charges, anxious to show citizens that it is acting in their interest and stressing that this measure would benefit the 500 million citizens of the bloc.
However many mobile operators, the European Commission and Member States saw the capping of international calls as a useless and populist measure, consumers being able to call abroad with services such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp , all free.
According to the BEUC European Consumer Organization, the price of a call between EU countries is currently between 5 and 80 eurocents per minute.
"Excessive surcharges for phone calls from a consumer's country of origin to another EU Member State are far from people's expectations in a single market," said BEUC's Deputy Director, Ursula Pachl.
Last week, the Parliament and the Member States concluded an informal agreement on a part of this law that would allow incumbent telecom operators, such as Orange and Deutsche Telekom, to benefit from deregulation if they make investments with competitors.
Under the new law, optical fiber network licenses will be awarded for at least 20 years, compared to 25 years in the original proposal, which disappoints the industry.
"The law does not help telecom operators accelerate the deployment of 5G and fiber, putting pressure on national authorities to ensure the application of new rules favorable to investment", said Phillip Malloch, president of ETNO, an association of leading European telecommunications network operators.
The agreement must be approved by both the Member States and the Parliament before being adopted. (Jean Terzian for French service)
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