T-Mobile launches anti-robocalling feature with Comcast Corp

5.2 billion robocalls were placed in last month, an average of 168.8 million calls per day.

T-Mobile has reportedly announced that it has rolled out an anti-robocalling feature with Comcast Corp to keep customers protected from spams and robocalls. The new feature comes in the backdrop of increasing number of robocalls, which currently stands at millions every day.

According to the Economic Times, automated telephone calls that deliver a recorded message are known as robocalls. These recorded messages are typically on behalf of a telemarketing company or political party and are on the rise. The new feature of T-Mobile detects authentic calls across the network with “Call Verified” sign appearing on phone screens.

The Call Verified feature will be available for T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on certain smartphone devices by LG Electronics Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, cited reliable sources. The mobile carrier has been working with other mobile manufacturers like Apple Inc., to launch the feature in near future.

According to the reliable sources, 5.2 billion robocalls were placed in last month, an average of 168.8 million calls per day. Out of all robocalls, 40 percent were scams.

Later this year, T-Mobile will make this feature available for customers of Comcast Xfinity Voice home phone service.

Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) and Secure Telephony Identity Revisited (STIR) are the industry standards which have been used by T-Mobile for the call protection feature. These industry standards help in recognizing genuine calls throughout the networks.

Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, had reportedly stated in February that the agency will step in to fight robocalls if the major telecommunications providers fail to prevent them.

John Legere, Chief Executive, T-Mobile, was reportedly quoted saying that spam calls and robocalls have become industry-wide problem and all the industry players should join forces to protect consumers. T-Mobile is first to take steps against such calls, he further added.

Reportedly, AT&T had announced in March that it had already tested STIR/SHAKEN-authenticated technology successfully with Comcast to prevent robocalls.