New customer lines will now come with the anti-robocall service, AT&T confirmed earlier today while existing customers will have the new feature automatically added to their accounts over the coming months.
For $4 a month, the premium version of AT&T Call Protect adds "Custom Call Controls", an option that sends suspected spam calls to voicemail automatically. The feature also allows users to curate a list of individual numbers to block.More news: Women's British Open prize money up 40%
On June 6, the FCC voted in favor of allowing wireless carriers to block robocalls by default, enabling them to stop these scammers and spammers before they reach the customer's phone. Those customers will be notified by text when the service is active. The FCC ruling "clarifies that call-blocking tools may be offered by phone service providers on an "opt out" basis", AT&T said.
AT&T has become the first U.S. carrier to turn on automatic scam call blocking, the company has announced. "AT&T remains committed to working with our government and industry partners in the ongoing battle against unwanted and illegal robocalls".More news: Labour should automatically expel anti-Semites, says Sir Keir Starmer
Consumers receive "tens of billions" of pesky, illegal robocalls every year, according to the FCC. Those customers who want the service immediately can download AT&T Call Protect as an app, or by going into their account settings on myAT&T and turning it on. Verizon's Call Filter service must also be activated before users can find out if a call is likely coming from a spammer. AT&T's Call Protect website says further that "Suspected spam may include service messages and/or other permitted calls".
In advance of tomorrow's Federal Communications Commission annual summit, which this year will focus on the SHAKEN/STIR protocols and their use to combat robocalling, AT&T has said it will add automatic robocall-blocking technology to its customers' accounts. Sprint offers a Premium Caller ID service, but it costs $2.99 extra.More news: Super Mario Maker 2 Now Has Two Million User-Made Levels