Here’s How the FCC’s Aggressive New Plan to Combat Robocalls Will Work

From Cuba to Japan, nuisance robocalls are a reality the world over, costing telecommunications firms between $30 billion to $40 billion annually. But one country stands out.

“About 75% of robocalls originate in the United States,” says Jim Tyrell, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Transaction Network Services, a Reston, Va., telecoms networking security firm. And, he adds, with U.S.-based scammers focusing most of their efforts on the home market, the most lucrative in the world, the scam is falling mostly on Americans…


January 18, 2019

Verizon wireless subscribers will finally get a free robocall-blocking app, two years after the competition launched similar services. The Verizon app, with additional call screening options and enhanced Caller ID to alert of potential spam calls, will launch in March. Competitors (T, -0.36%) AT&T and T-Mobile(TMUS, +0.19%) rolled out similar app-based controls for call blocking and alerts two years ago. Verizon, which currently charges subscribers $3 a month for robocall-blocking and more, announced the app Jan. 17.

Billions of automated calls, or “robocalls,” are made to U.S. phone lines annually, making for angry customers and federal actions. In just one case in 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued two operations that the agency alleged were responsible for nearly 900 million robocalls a year

September 20, 2018

You’re not imagining it: Scammers are increasingly blowing up your phone.

First Orion, an Arkansas company that provides caller ID and call blocking services, found that the volume of mobile scam calls has risen from 3.7% of total calls in 2017 to 29.2% in 2018. That number is likely to reach 44.6% by early 2019.

First Orion analyzed more than 34 billion calls made with partner T-Mobile USA (TMUS, +2.01%) and identified about 12% of them as scams. The 58 million T-Mobile subscribers see “Scam Likely” on the caller ID screen if the service determines a call fraudulent in nature.