On Tuesday, AT&T became the first major US wireless company to automatically block robocalls for its customers.
“The Commission’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 said in a statement. “AT&T remains committed to working with our government and industry partners in the ongoing battle against unwanted and illegal robocalls.”
AT&T’s service will attempt to block fraudulent calls and alert customers when a call may be spam.
According to robocallindex.com, more than 4.3 billion robocalls, both legal and illegal, were placed last month.
The service will only be available on all new lines at this time, however, it will be added in the coming months to existing customer lines. Those customers will be notified by text when the service is active.
While AT&T is the only carrier to currently automatically block calls, other carriers offer similar options.
Sprint offers a caller ID service, which it says may identify spam calls, for $2.99 per month. T-Mobile provides automatic scam call alerts, and customers can opt-in to block those calls for free. Verizon’s service works essentially the same way.
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