Mobile launches caller verification to protect customers from scams

Doris Richards
January 11, 2019

Then you'll have to wait, but perhaps not too long: T-Mobile said that "Caller Verified will be available on more smartphones later this year".

Earlier this week, T-Mobile - alongside Ericsson and Intel - achieved the world's first 5G data call and video call on 600 MHz, both on a live commercial network.

T-Mobile says that Caller Verified is the carrier's label for the use of the STIR and SHAKEN standards, both of which are created to detect when scammers spoof a local number.

To start, a software update will push to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Call Verified attached. However, the carrier promises it's going to expand the tool later this year.

Customers using the new technology will see "Caller Verified" on their screens for incoming calls that T-Mobile has verified as authentic and not intercepted by scammers and spammers. It's not a call blocker, though, in case you were wondering.

Caller Verified is a new T-Mobile feature that uses the STIR and SHAKEN standards to fight scammers.

You won't need to do anything to get caller verification working, according to T-Mobile, which stated that "it's already working for [updated Note 9 users]. for free".

Few things are as irritating as spam calls, and today, T-Mobile announced that it's taking a couple steps forward in helping make sure you have to deal with them as infrequently as possible. "These standards combat illegal caller ID spoofing, which occurs when scammers temporarily hijack a phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix of the person they are targeting, making the incoming call look familiar". Once the technologies are adopted by other carriers, Caller Verified will work on calls made across most networks.

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