FCC Authorizes Carriers to Block Robocalls by Default But Now You Still Need to Request It

The FCC voted to authorize carriers to block robocalls by default. However, currently you still have to call your cellphone carrier to activate scam blocking.

T-Mobile charges $4 per month to get telemarketer and survey calls sent to voicemail. They do provide free protection against pure scam calls but only if you request it.

Americans got more than 5 billion robocalls over month which is about 16 for every man, woman and child.

There is a free app called YouMail, which provides superior screening than what is provided by the carriers.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon offer free services that monitor network activity and use crowdsourced reports to block suspected fraudulent calls. The monitoring services are outsourced to Hiya, First Orion and TNS.

If you are on AT&T. Download an app called AT&T Call Protect. A free level of service will label suspected spammers and gives you the option to automatically block calls that are a fraud risk. You have to pay $4 per month to block telemarketers, political calls and surveys.

Verizon users should download an app called Verizon Call Filter. There is free basic screening. If you pay $3 per month, you’ll also get caller ID.

The FCC says it is committed to doing what they can to protect you from robocalls and is cracking down on illegal calls in a variety of ways:

Issuing hundreds of millions of dollars in enforcement actions against illegal robocallers.
Allowing phone companies to block certain types of calls that are likely to be unlawful before they reach consumers.
Empowering consumers to use call blocking or labeling services for calls to their telephone number.
Urging phone companies to implement caller ID authentication to help reduce illegal spoofing.
Making consumer complaint data available to enable better call blocking and labeling solutions.

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