T-Mobile states it’s obstructed 1 billion rip-off calls

T-Mobile CEO John Legere

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere states rip-off calls are an industrywide problem.

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T-Mobile states it’s all set to obstruct more rip-off calls.

On Thursday, the cordless provider stated it had actually incorporated brand-new spoof recognition innovation into its network to much better guard clients versus rip-off calls. The business likewise stated it’ll adhere to the Federal Communication Commission’s demand to utilize innovation that’ll identify prohibited caller ID spoofing.

T-Mobile has actually obstructed more than 1 billion rip-off calls over the past 18 months, according to the business’s release, and it marked an extra 6 billion as most likely rip-off calls. T-Mobile is dealing with First Orion– a business that offers call management and defense for T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and others– to identify rip-off calls.

“This is an industrywide issue,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere stated in a release. “When the other people join us in embracing [FCC] requirements, every customer will be even much better safeguarded.”

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Almost half of US phone calls will be scams by 2019, said a report from First Orion. The percentage of scam calls in the US increased from 3.7 percent last year to 29.2 percent this year, and it’s predicted to rise to 44.6 percent next year. One of the most popular method scammers use to trick people into picking up the phone is called “neighborhood spoofing,” where they disguise their numbers with a local prefix so people presume the calls are safe to answer.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to the heads of AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google and others on Monday, urging them to adopt a call authentication system that would combat illegal caller ID spoofing. He asked the companies to have the system in place no later than next year. Pai said combatting “illegal robocalls” is the top consumer priority for the FCC.

First published Nov. 8, 12:45 p.m. PT.
Update, Nov. 9 at 5:57 a.m. PT: Adds more background on FCC request.

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