Today T-Mobile and Comcast have announced a partnership to crack down on Robocalls through a system called STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) standards to identify authentic calls across both company’s networks. Along with Inteliquent, the three companies will work to block robocalls before your phone even rings.
This system will also ensure that the number displayed on the callerID is a verified number helping block scammers from faking their phone numbers.
“Scammers and spoofers are a scourge on the industry, and at T-Mobile, we’re using every tool available to fight against these bad guys on behalf of consumers,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “We were first to announce STIR/SHAKEN readiness, first to implement caller verification, and first to launch cross-network caller verification … we continue to be on the front lines to keep Un-carrier customers protected, and we won’t stop.”
“Consumers are tired of getting scammed, and Comcast has developed ways to ensure Xfinity customers know the calls they are answering are legitimate,” said Tony Werner, President of Technology, Product and Xperience for Comcast. “This is another milestone in our efforts to implement STIR/SHAKEN. We were one of the first companies to conduct a non-lab exchange of a verified call, and we co-authored many of the core STIR and SHAKEN specifications.”
“The communications industry is committed to stopping call spoofing, which seriously harms consumers,” stated Surendra Saboo, Inteliquent’s President. “Inteliquent fully supports the FCC’s recent STIR/SHAKEN initiative, and we’re excited about our new collaboration with T-Mobile and Comcast. Together, we can prevent scammers from connecting with citizens.”
T-Mobile also recently rolled out a system called Caller Verified to help crackdown on calls with fake caller IDs. Caller Verified is now live for all T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on 17 smartphones, including the LG G8 ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Note9, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+, and more.
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