The creation of the phone was a revolutionary thing, and it is almost impossible to live our lives without this grand piece of technology. However, it is hard to find anyone who would oppose anyway, shape, or form to avoid ever getting an annoying robocall ever again. Thankfully, Verizon is heading the call of customers throughout the country by rolling out a free app which will do just that.
According to Forbes who broke the story, the new application will feature a new form of authentication called SHAKEN/STIR in order to determine whether the caller is an individual person or if it is a robocall. “To put it another way,” Brook Crothers at Forbes explains, “SHAKEN/STIR (or STIR/SHAKEN as some call it) verification tells consumers if an incoming call is really coming from the number listed on the caller ID display.” Reports show that AT&T, as well as Comcast, will be releasing their own apps with the SHAKEN/STIR function as well.
A report by CNBC in 2018 showed that upwards of 16 billion robocalls were made in the United States alone. In May of that year, 4.1 billion robocalls were made which is “over 12 calls per person.” The flood of robocalls ranging from appointment reminders to businesses sending out notifications to outright scammers leaves many Americans wondering what is legitimate and what could possibly be an over-the-phone phishing scheme. There have been prior attempts to prevent folks who have not opted-in to robocall services such as the National Do Not Call List provided by the FCC, but many Americans still receive the calls regardless.
There are a series of anti-robocall apps currently on the market which ranges from being free to a one time charge per phone line. Hiya is an app available for both iPhone and Android users and utilizes a pre-existing database of spam numbers in order to block the calls before your phone begins to ring. Hiya is also free of charge and is a top-rated app among smartphone consumers. Nomorobo is a monthly subscription app which is backed by the National Consumer Law Center and is only $1.99 per month. Lastly, Robokiller is one of the original robo-caller/spam blocker services and is only $2.49 monthly.
With the three major phone carrier services launching these free apps, it’s only a matter of time until fraudulent robocalls are a thing of the past.
Sources: Forbes, CNBC, FreeApps101.com