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AT&T and T-Mobile are now working together to stop spam calls from reaching you

Yes, this is the STIR/SHAKEN thing you keep hearing about.

t-mobile and att team up against spam
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Last year, the FCC lit a fire under the phone carriers to start cracking down on spam calls. The implementation of the STIR/SHAKEN protocol that the major carriers agreed on is now starting to roll out, with calls between AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks the latest to join the authentication party.

That should result in a reduction in the plague of robocalls for users of those two networks.

AT&T and T-Mobile have started the roll-out of cross-network authentication

We had some 48 billion spammy robocalls last year as Americans, even though the automated systems are illegal to use. Call authentication like this won’t fix the problem on its own, but at least you’ll have more information when you’re deciding to pick up the phone or not.

This isn’t the end of robocalls though, just a way to reduce the amount between these two networks. The telcos have until the end of this year to get in cooperation mode and authenticate all calls on their networks, or the FCC might actually do something regulatory. Well, maybe, I mean what happens if the scammers use international networks instead?

What do you think? Will this actually do anything to keep spam calls down? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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