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AT&T and T-Mobile declare war on the telephone spam


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As part of the constant war against the calls, prerecorded or fraudulent, from now on the calls made in the united States between the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile will be subjected to an authentication process that will tell you if you really are trying to contact a person of flesh and bone or if you are receiving an automated call (known as “robocalls” in English). When it rings your phone you will receive a message informing you that the call has been verified, in the case of a human being. Otherwise you still will ring your phone, but you will know that this is a call not desired and you can ignore it in good conscience.

Thousands of millions of automated calls or spam is a big problem currently in the united States. This is the main complaint received by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, for its acronym in English) of agreement with its president, Ajit Pai, who recently criticized the lack of sufficient measures on the part of the telephone operators and demanded that for this year it implemented the protocol SHAKEN/STIR, which verifies the calls. This protocol is the one that is being used now by AT&T and T-Mobile to combat the automatic calls made between their networks.

Although the protocol SHAKEN/STIR only can inform you with certainty when a call is authentic and not when it is automatic, it is expected that as more and more companies will join this initiative, the frequency of automatic calls, which in many cases could be treated on issues illegal as fraud or identity theft attempts (or simply telemarketing, or politicians who try to get your vote, among other things), decrease significantly.

Despite the fact that not all automated calls are illegal, for the majority of the people are annoying and a waste of time. Therefore, it is expected that other phone companies will follow soon the example of AT&T and T-Mobile.

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