Mobile Kills Phone Spam with Caller Verification

No wonder people are answering the phone less often and using other communication methods, like texting. 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".

T-Mobile is rolling out a new tool to prevent spam calls.

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.

Earlier this week, we learned about a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 update that included a new calling service enhancement named Caller Verified. When a call comes in, T-Mo customers with this Caller Verified feature will see "Caller Verified" on the incoming call screen when T-Mobile has confirmed that the call is real and has not been intercepted by scammers.

Additionally, T-Mobile also announced that it's now the first wireless carrier in the industry that's equipped to meet the FCC's STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using ToKENs) standards. Moreover, it joins other tools T-Mobile uses including Scam ID, Scam Block and a name ID app to complement each other and keep bad calls from reaching customers. STIR and SHAKEN digitally validate the handoff of calls so that the consumer knows that an incoming call is really from the person supposedly making it.

T-Mobile had announced in November its readiness to implement the STIR/SHAKEN standards into its network, and finally launched the Caller Verified technology on Thursday.

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".