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Verizon's free response to the Robocall plague has arrived.

After the company promised to introduce the features earlier this week, the company fulfilled that promise with Call Filter, a free version of what was previously an option for $ 2.99 per month per line.

With the free version, which has the same name as the paid service, iOS and Android users simply need to download the app from the App Store or Google Play to set it up.

After installing and opening, tap Account, Subscription status, and then Subscribe to sign up for your Android phone. iPhone users just need to open the app, tap Get Call Filter, then tap Subscribe to set up the service for their phone.

The free version of the call filter gives you spam detection, a spam filter and the ability to report numbers. A warning message will be displayed if the incoming call is likely to be spam. With Verizon, you can determine the risk that the network will automatically block calls for you and forward them directly to voicemail.

While the free version is released today, Verizon says it will take about three weeks to become available. You do not need an unlimited plan to sign up, but it does not currently work with a Verizon prepaid plan.

The service also works on ordinary phones, as well as older BlackBerry and Windows phones, if you still have them. Certain features may vary. To set up these devices, either call Verizon, go to a store, or sign in to your "My Verizon" account on the company's website.

Verizon's Call Filter hopes to fight Robocalls. (Photo: Verizon)

The $ 2.99 version of "Call Filter" will still exist. Those who choose will receive a Caller ID to identify the names of unknown callers and the ability to create personal spam and revocation lists.

You also receive a "Robocall Risk Meter" A "high", "medium", "low" scale on your call screen, based on their risk of fraud – and the ability to look up spam numbers.

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Verizon, who also announced on Thursday that the "verified calls" feature has successfully completed on its network, can be used to determine whether a caller is legitimate a notification that it is in addition to the full ten-digit Number is verified. If you want to see the name of a caller, you must pay for the Caller ID feature as part of the Premium Call Filter offer.

The company has begun verification throughout the network and will continue to do so in the coming months.

Verizon is the newest major telecommunications provider to enable the verification feature and is part of the industry to combat spammers. AT & T and Comcast announced last week that they handled the first verified call between their respective digital landline telephone networks.

T-Mobile launched call screening on its mobile network earlier this year, but only for calls between T-Mobile customers and on a limited number of devices, while other carriers are waiting for networks to introduce the feature.

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