T-Mobile expanding Caller Verified to more phones, touts 10 billion scam calls identified

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At the start of the year, T-Mobile rolled out a new feature dubbed Caller Verified that used the STIR and SHAKEN standards to fight scam calls. That feature rolled out to the Galaxy Note 9 at first, and now it’s coming to several more devices.

T-Mobile says that its Caller Verified feature is available on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ starting today. It’s expanding to even more devices soon, including the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e as well as the LG G8 ThinQ and LG Aristo 3.

With Caller Verified, T-Mobile customers will see “Caller Verified” on their incoming call screen when T-Mo has confirmed that the call is real and not a scammer. The STIR and SHAKEN standards digitally validate the handoff of calls, helping to fight caller ID spoofing. This is when scammers temporarily hijack a phone number to match the area code and three digit prefix of a person they’re calling to make their incoming call look legitimate. Once the other major carriers implement STIR and SHAKEN, Caller Verified will work on calls made across networks.

T-Mo also confirmed today that it’s identified more than 10 billion calls as “Scam Likely” ever since it began offering its Scam ID and Scam Block tools nearly two years ago.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • g2a5b0e

    That’s great to hear because I get junk calls and texts almost every day. I block every number, but they keep coming.

  • Sharti24

    Hope to see iphones added to the list in the near future

  • Red

    What’s stopping them from extending to all phones?

    • JG

      Individual phones will need an update in order to understand the new information STIR/SHAKEN is sending.

      I’m curious why they opted for this time of implementation. IMHO, they should have done a more network level approach rather than device level. All they would have to do is alter the Caller ID text. Rather than sending “555-555-5555 Doe, John” T-Mobile could send “555-555-5555 SPAM LIKELY” should the call fail STIR/SHAKEN verification.

      This would allow all phones on T-Mobile’s network to make use of STIR/SHAKEN without having to wait for an update. This would be especially useful given there are likely a fair number of individuals using devices that have long since passed their end of life date and have been long abandoned by the OEMs. Such as the group who still use Gingerbread.

  • steveb944

    I got a new scam likely today, LG V20, it was for a prayer group. Apparently robo calls have no limits.

  • JG

    I’m surprised the Pixel phones have not been included.

    Google sends monthly updates to their phones. It shouldn’t be too hard for the STIR/SHAKEN specific code to be included along with whatever random bug fixes Google has for Android.