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Published on March 25th, 2017 | by Callib Carver

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T-Mobile Is Fighting Scam Phone Calls

Scam phone calls happen, over the past two weeks I’ve gotten one every day from the same number, and short of changing your number they’ll continue to happen. But T-Mobile hopes to give their customers an edge with their new Scam ID and Scam Block.

Both of these services are ” patent-pending T-Mobile technology built right into the Un-carrier’s advanced network – which also means scam blocking works on every single phone on T-Mobile’s network.” according to their press release. That latter bit is probably the best part of this announcement.

It works with every phone on their network, so users with an older phone that might not get all the “cool” features can still use the new scam blocking tools.

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Image courtesy of T-Mobile

“Here’s how it all works: every time someone calls a T-Mobile customer, as soon as that call reaches the T-Mobile network, patent-pending technology analyzes it – in milliseconds – against an advanced global database of tens of thousands of known scammer numbers.” T-Mobile stated in their press release, “The database is kept up-to-date in near real-time by analyzing every call that comes into the network with behavioral heuristics and intelligent scam pattern detection. When a match is found, the T-Mobile network tags the incoming call and warns the customer that it’s likely from a scammer. Because of the way T-Mobile’s network manages voice traffic, the Un-carrier is capable of analyzing every call to identify and block scammers.”

The other part of the “un-carrier’s” new spam tool would prevent scam calls from even coming through. Essentially blocking the calls altogether. “If a customer prefers never to be bothered by scam calls, they can simply turn on Scam Block, and T-Mobile will terminate the call before it ever reaches the customer”

T-Mobile said they would be releasing these new spam tools with current T-Mobile ONE customers receiving them on a rolling basis. While new T-Mobile ONE customers will be able to enable these feature as of April 5. “T-Mobile postpaid customers can also enable Scam ID for themselves beginning April 5 by dialing #ONI# (#664#) and pressing the call button in their phone’s dialer. To turn on Scam Block, customers can dial #ONB# (#662#) or, turn it off, dial #OFB# (#632#). To check whether Scam Block is on or off, customers can dial #STS# (#787#).”

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About the Author

Callib Carver is the founder & editor of o7 Magazine. Having spent three years as a student journalist, focusing in photography & video, and working with several small publications, he now writes for his own publication, blog, and is an active freelancer in Washington state.


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