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Verizon to Help Us Hang Up on Robocalls

Wireless provider expected to provide free spam alerting and robocall blocking tools


I get at least 5 robocalls a day on my cell. Calls that pop up "California" or "Texas" (don't know anyone from there who would be calling me) or "spoofing" calls that come from my phone exchange, but end up being a robot voice named Daisy, cheerfully trying to sell me health insurance.

If you're as annoyed by these calls as I am, Verizon is set to announce something that will be music to your ears. USAToday says the nation's largest wireless provider is expected to provide free spam alerting and robocall blocking tools for wireless customers who have smartphones that can support the features, including Android and iPhones.

Verizon announced the features two months ago, and the company's communications director expects the company to tell people how to get and use the app by the end of the week, Forbes reported . The company says it has identified nearly 300 million numbers linked to spam and robocalling.

"The robocall problem shows no signs of letting up." Alex Quilici, CEO, YouMail

Some providers are already offering robocall-block. T-Mobile currently offers the Caller Verified feature on six devices - Samsung Galaxy Note9, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ - with two more to come. T-Mobile has offered free Scam ID and Scam Block features since 2017. Verizon currently charges $2.99 monthly Caller Name ID app to warn you about incoming calls that may be spam. The new service will be free.

Despite calls to get rid of robocalls they're still a problem. About 4.9 billion robocalls were received nationally in February, according to YouMail , a company that provides a service to block such messages.

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