With nearly half of US phone calls this year, according to recent industry reports, there's finally a glimmer of hope. A major carrier has begun deploying one of the most effective means of combating the illegal disease, but so far this is possible with a single phone model.
T-Mobile announced today that it introduces a new verification system called Calls. If a T-Mobile user calls another person using T-Mobile on a supported device as part of their call screening system, the recipient will see a "Caller Confirmed" notification. Currently, only Galaxy Note 9 phones have a new software update on their phone through this call screening technology. The company says more phones will be able to use this service later this year.
It's a step toward the people who can know if a familiar call comes from a real person who uses his real number, not some asshole spammer.
The company is one of the first companies to implement so-called Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information using token (KEEN) and Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) technologies, which essentially provide some form of digital authentication for phones , FCC Chairman Ajit Pai demanded on 5 November that all airlines begin implementing the technology. Several major airlines responded later this month, showing how close they were to introducing the services.
At the time of submission, T-Mobile seemed most willing to adopt SHAKEN / STIR. Once other carriers have adopted this technology, it does not just have to be a service that benefits only a subset of T-Mobile users when receiving calls from other T-Mobile users – it can be used on all networks ,
Hopefully Sprint, Verizon and AT & T are quickly catching up.