Verizon announced this week that it will offer free spam and robocall protection to its subscribers starting in March. Features included in its current $ 3 add-on call filter app, such as spam blocking, robocall filtering, and call blocking, will be offered free to all Verizon customers with phones that support these. features, including iPhones and Android phones. This decision finally puts Verizon on an equal footing with competing operators such as T-Mobile and AT&T which offer the same spam filtering service free of charge.
Preventing robocalls has been a difficult process as unwanted callers have found ways to make fraudulent calls from local numbers increasing the likelihood of people taking calls. In late 2018, the Federal Communications Commission required operators to adopt a new framework called STIR / SHAKEN by 2019, which visually alerts customers when they receive spam calls. T-Mobile has already started implementing these standards with the call verification feature it launched last week, though it’s only supported on the Galaxy Note 9 at the moment.
Verizon claims to have blocked nearly a billion unwanted calls to date and identified more than 300 million numbers associated with robocalls. The company plans to offer more information on how to sign up for the free service as the feature gets closer to launch.