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Google will expand support for Phone app to even more phones on the Play Store, Verified Calls feature rolling out

Google will expand support for Phone app to even more phones on the Play Store, Verified Calls feature rolling out

Despite attempts by legislators and carriers, spam calls are still a problem for most people owning phones. Some don't pick up their phones at all unless it matches someone in their contacts, which can be a problem for legitimate businesses attempting to quickly reach customers. Google's solution to the problem is Verified Calls, which is now rolling out to the Google Phone app. At the same time, the company is allowing some devices to download the Phone app from the Play Store that didn't originally come with it.

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Automatic Call Screen starts rolling out to the Pixel 3, 3a, Pixel 2 and original Pixel (Updated)

Automatic Call Screen starts rolling out to the Pixel 3, 3a, Pixel 2 and original Pixel (Updated)

Late last year, Google promised that the Pixel 4's automatic Call Screening feature would be coming to all of its Pixel phones in the coming weeks. Well, it's been eight weeks, but it looks like the feature is finally starting to roll out to other Pixel phones. We have confirmed reports that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 have picked up automatic Call Screening, potentially related to the latest Phone app beta.

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Sprint and T-Mobile are latest carrier pair to adopt STIR/SHAKEN anti-spam phone number verification

Sprint and T-Mobile are latest carrier pair to adopt STIR/SHAKEN anti-spam phone number verification

Following T-Mobile's collaborations last year with AT&T and Comcast, the company is now working together with Sprint to help cut back on spam calls. Today T-Mobile and Sprint have announced they're implementing the STIR/SHAKEN anti-spam standards between their two networks, forging yet another carrier pairing that will eventually culminate with industry-wide call verification.

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US files lawsuits against handful of robocalling companies for targeting the 'elderly and vulnerable'

US files lawsuits against handful of robocalling companies for targeting the 'elderly and vulnerable'

The US Justice Department has filed lawsuits against a handful of companies and individuals, accusing them of facilitating hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls. The suits accuse the companies of causing "elderly and vulnerable victims" serious financial harm.

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Anti-robocall bill that will definitely stop all spam calls forever signed into law

Anti-robocall bill that will definitely stop all spam calls forever signed into law

Today US President Donald J. Trump has signed into effect the TRACED (or Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence) Act, aimed to prevent unwanted spam/robocalls, authorizing fines up to $10,000 per illegal call with no advance warning, extending the statute of limitations for violations to four years, and imposing a requirement that carriers implement call authentication solutions, like the existing SHAKEN/STIR verification tech.

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Verizon will begin rolling out automatic spam call filtering today

Verizon will begin rolling out automatic spam call filtering today

No one in the world likes spam phone calls—it's probably the only thing on which everyone can agree. The FCC recently allowed carriers to block these calls by default, and Verizon says it's moving full-steam ahead to take advantage of that. Starting today, it will begin auto-enrolling customers in free spam blocking.

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AT&T starts blocking robocalls automatically, no opt-in required

AT&T starts blocking robocalls automatically, no opt-in required

Robocalls are a problem almost everyone in the US can relate to, and the fact that carriers weren't allowed to block suspected spam calls without the explicit opt-in from customers for a long time hasn't exactly improved the issue. An FCC ruling in June changed legislation around that, and AT&T was quick to act on it. The company is now automatically blocking calls it suspects as spam or fraud.

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[Update: Contacts] Long-awaited robust call blocking features may soon come to Google Phone app

[Update: Contacts] Long-awaited robust call blocking features may soon come to Google Phone app

Your smartphone already lets you block annoying callers so that you never have to deal with them again, but what if it could be proactive? Android could soon allow you to block calls and texts from sources that haven't even called you yet.

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T-Mobile rolls out Caller Verified spam call protection, starting with the Galaxy Note9

T-Mobile rolls out Caller Verified spam call protection, starting with the Galaxy Note9

To say that spam calls are annoying would not only be redundant, but it'd also be a big understatement. These nuisances are primarily why I hardly answer my phone anymore and they've only gotten worse in recent months and years. T-Mobile is taking a stand against it by implementing what it calls Caller Verified technology, starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

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Nearly half of all phone calls will be spam by 2019, according to new report

Nearly half of all phone calls will be spam by 2019, according to new report

Spam calls have become obnoxious as of late for many people - myself included - and it looks like they are only going to get worse. First Orion Corporation, which provides spam call filters to carriers, estimates that 44.56% of all calls in 2019 will be spam.

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