T-Mobile rolls out Scam Shield and 4/$100 unlimited plan deal

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Today’s a big day for T-Mobile because it’s officially rolling out its latest Un-carrier move.

Scam Shield is now available, with apps rolling out on both Android and iOS. Sprint customers on iPhone can download the Call Screener app, while Sprint folks on Android get the app pre-isntalled.

With this app, you can enable Scam ID to identify likely scam calls as they come in as well as Scam Block, which will prevent these calls from reaching your phone at all. You can also see how many likely scam calls you’ve received, when the calls came in, and what the phone number was.

Scam Shield also comes with free caller ID. This feature will display the information of an upcoming caller, even if they’re not in your contacts list, to help you decide whether or not you want to answer.

Another feature of Scam Shield is Proxy, which is available to customers on a Magenta, Magenta for Business, or Essentials plan. This feature gets you a free second phone number you can give for contests or whoever else you don’t want to share your real number with. This second Proxy number gets its own voicemail inbox and can be shared with other people on your family plan, too.

If your actual phone number is already getting too many scam and robocalls, Scam Shield lets you get a free phone number change.

You can now sign up for 12 months of Be ID Aware identity monitoring, too. T-Mobile customers should go to this web page while Metro customers should go here, enter your phone number, and then use the code 2020McAfee. Sprint customers should go to this page and select McAfee Identity Protection.

One other thing to mention is that T-Mobile also offers Scam Shield Premium. With this add-on, you can choose to send certain categories of robocalls like telemarketers directly to voicemail and also create “always block” lists. Voicemail-to-text is included, too. Scam Shield Premium is available for $4 per line per month or free with a Magenta Plus plan.

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Also launching today is T-Mobile’s new deal that’ll get you four lines of unlimited data for $100 per month. You can also add two additional lines at a rate of $20 per line per month.

This price does include autopay. If you’d rather not use autopay, each line will cost an additional $5 per month. Also of note is that taxes and fees are not included with that monthly rate.

This 4/$100 deal is on the Essentials plan, which means you get unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE smartphone data. 5G access is included, too, if you’ve got a 5G-capable device. The plan also includes unlimited 3G mobile hotspot, SD video streaming, and T-Mobile Tuesdays deals. With data prioritization, customers on this Essentials plan may experience slower data speeds during times of network congestion.

T-Mobile is offering an add-on with this deal for customers interested in a new 5G phone. Sign up for this 4/$100 rate plan and you can get a Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (shown above) for an extra $5 per line per month with qualifying trade-in. The following devices are eligible for trade-in with this deal:

Here are the trade-in values for the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G deal:

Save $600 when you trade in

  • Apple: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11(any variant)
  • Samsung: GS9 series, Note 9, GS10 series, Note 10 series, GS8 series, Note 8
  • Google: Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL
  • OnePlus: 7T Pro McLaren, 7T, 8, 8 Pro
  • LG: V60 ThinQ

Save $300 when you trade in

  • Apple: 7, 7 Plus (any variant)
  • Samsung: GS7 series, A20, J7 Star
  • Google: Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • OnePlus: 7, 7 Pro, 6, 6T
  • LG: G8 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ

Sources: T-Mobile, Scam Shield (iOS), Scam Shield (Android), Call Screener (iOS)

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  • F4LL0U7

    The Scam Shield app keeps telling me that it can’t authenticate me, even after I turn off wifi. Anyone else having this issue? I was able to enable Scam ID and Caller ID by dialing the codes into my phone app, but I’d still like to see what else the Scam Shield app itself can do.

    • Are you using a VPN? I had to disable AdGuard for it to authenticate. I re-enabled AdGuard afterward with no issues.

      • F4LL0U7

        That was exactly it, thank you! I whitelisted the app in Adguard and it worked without issues. Thanks!!

        • It was only an issue with activation, so you shouldn’t have to whitelist it. I suppose it doesn’t matter either way since there are no ads, just a tracker.

    • Doble-A

      What are the T-Mobile short codes for the Caller ID?

      • F4LL0U7

        Scam block: #662#
        Caller ID: #436#

        • Doble-A

          Awesome. Thanks.

        • Thanks for this. I didn’t know the code for Caller ID.

  • Mike

    Free caller ID is appreciated. Any idea why the PROXY line requires a newer plan though? It’s not enough for me to switch from my simple choice plan just to get the PROXY, I’m just curious.

    • I am wondering this too, ever since it was announced. The only thing I can come up with is that they want people to upgrade to newer plans that are likely more expensive.

    • nutmac

      Probably because newer plans have higher profit margin?

      If you want PROXY on non qualifying plans, you can add a DIGITS line ($10-15/month). Be warn that if you have a wearable like Apple Watch plan tied to a voice line number, you cannot use PROXY.

  • mikeZo6

    NAME ID rebranded that was also $4

    • nutmac

      As the article implied, Name ID is rebranded as Scam Shield Premium and it is still $4/line per month. Only Caller ID is free. Block, Send to Voicemail, Category Manager, and Voicemail to Text are the major features of this rebranded paid feature. (Most smartphones can do Block and Voicemail to Text on their own.)

      • mikeZo6

        Name ID never used in post at all.
        not Un-carrier move old stuff we already have.

  • Micho Rizo

    The new plan is called Valued Essentials and this plan doesn’t qualify for any promo.

  • Ver

    It’s annoying how the program tries to get you to upgrade.

  • kmand

    Disappointed, it doesn’t work with prepaid plans.

    • WONDROUS5000

      That’s not correct. Prepaid still gets some features:

      Incoming Caller ID display requires add-on of the CallerIDX SOC.
      Scam ID is automatically turned on, no need to add this on.
      Turn on Scam Block using the USSD Code or by adding the ScamBlckX SOC feature.
      Don’t want the Scam ID & Scam Block services, add on the ScamPSOffX SOC.

  • Matt Macaluso

    Marketing ScamShield as if it were new should be a scam.

  • fromtheright

    Just got another spam call with TMO spam shield basic on.

  • gorilla

    ScanShield doesn’t even work. No option to change plans to 4/$100 on the web. People reported they had to call in order to switch, some were turned down because of incompetent reps that don’t understand about that deal. Tmo’s been shady since John Ledere left.