Telecommunications companies AT&T and T-Mobile have joined forces to verify phone calls made between their networks in the fight against robocalls…
Last year, Americans received approximately 48 billion robocalls. This represented an increase of 57 percent over the previous year, in 2017. Right now, the average American receives 150 robocalls per year, with some getting as many as 16 to 20 per day.
With the nuisance only worsening, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation to block robocalls. Also, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to allow phone companies to block spam calls.
Now, the telecoms are likewise taking real action to battle the scourge of robocalls. AT&T and T-Mobile have teamed up to verify calls between their respective networks.
AT&T and T-Mobile Team Up to Verify Phone Calls between Networks
The new AT&T and T-Mobile partnership will use SHAKEN/STIR or Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs, basically cross-references data to ensure calls are originating from legitimate numbers.
This follows a demand by FCC Chair Ajit Pai, who demanded the implementation of the authentication system by the end of 2019.
A spokesperson for AT&T tells Engadget confirmed the partnership and stated the carrier is testing the SHAKEN/STIR tech to work for its customers at no extra charge.