T-Mobile Expands Network-based Scam Call Protection

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T-Mobile announced that it is expanding Caller Verified, its implementation of STIR/SHAKEN standards, to seven more devices.

It’s live today on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ and coming soon to the new Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, as well as LG G8 ThinQ and LG Aristo 3. T-Mobile claims to be the first in the wireless industry to implement STIR/SHAKEN when it launched Caller Verified on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in January.

Since launching free scam protection two years ago, the Operator said it has alerted customers to over 10 billion Scam Likely calls. In addition,  So far in 2019, it has detected and notified customers of 225 million Scam Likely calls per week.

T-Mobile claims that it was first to announce readiness for the FCC-recommended STIR/SHAKEN standards in November and first to launch a new feature of STIR/SHAKEN called Caller Verified on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in January. 

STIR/SHAKEN standards combat illegal caller ID spoofing, which occurs when scammers temporarily hijack a phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix making the incoming call look familiar. Once other wireless providers implement STIR/SHAKEN, Caller Verified will work on calls made across networks.

John Legere, CEO, T-Mobile
If AT&T or Verizon customers want scam protection, they’ve gotta download an app, which only protects them as well as the last app update. We’re fighting scammers at the network level, and we update our defenses every 6 minutes, so T-Mobile customers are constantly protected – without having to do a single thing.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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