Mobile, Comcast launch anti-robocalling feature, claim industry's first

New system to fight robocalls

New system to fight robocalls

The feature will be available to T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on certain smartphone devices by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.

In addition, Comcast Xfinity Voice customers will see the same security feature later this year.

The fight against the barrage of spam calls and robocalls continues to pick up steam, as a pair of rival carriers announced today that they're beginning to work more closely together to try and put a stop to the madness.

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T-Mobile said on Wednesday it has launched a call protection feature with Comcast Corp to help protect customers from answering robocalls and spams, as robocalls have swollen into a tide numbering in the millions every day. Not only are these types of phone calls annoying, but they can be risky if you're not careful.

Last month AT&T had announced it successfully tested what it believed was the first STIR/SHAKEN-authenticated call between two different telecom networks with Comcast. "The 'Caller Verified" message will start showing up for Comcast customers at an as-yet undefined point later this year. And it's made it hard for authorities to sort out which robocalls are illegal and which robocalls are spoofed for a legitimate reason, which can be the case when, say, your pharmacist or local school district calls you.

STIR/SHAKEN's goal is tamp down on bad actors who use a technique called "spoofing", which allows them to skirt Caller ID and make it look like they're calling from another number - even phone numbers that are identical or look similar to your own. Although the feature is cross-network, it doesn't include calls coming from the other three big network operators. Or rather, given the nature of some of these calls, a human being they'd actually want to hear from.

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