AT&T will introduce automatic blocking for robocalls 'over the coming months'

  • AT&T will introduce automatic blocking for robocalls 'over the coming months'

AT&T will introduce automatic blocking for robocalls 'over the coming months'

The service will immediately be active for new subscribers and should extend out to existing customers in the coming months. The app allows users to detect suspected spam calls, manage a list of blocked numbers and receive enhanced caller details. Carriers can enable robocall blocking "as long as their customers are informed and have the opportunity to opt out of the blocking", the FCC said at the time.

New AT&T Mobility consumer lines will come with the anti-robocall service.

The free service comes after the Federal Communications Commission ruled in June that phone service providers can offer call-blocking options for customers who choose to be part of the service.

AT&T has become the first USA carrier to turn on automatic scam call blocking, the company has announced.

"When consumers complain to us, they don't distinguish between illegal calls, scam calls, telemarketing calls and spoofed calls", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in an op-ed for USA Today earlier this year. "AT&T remains committed to working with our government and industry partners in the ongoing battle against unwanted and illegal robocalls".

Call Protect has been available since 2016 but only if customers opted in to it. AT&T also announced that the blocking service will be added in the coming months on lines where it already automatically added suspected spam alerts, but not fraud blocking, so if you're one of those customers, you'll be notified when you'll get the new feature.

For customers who are exhausted of these calls and don't want to wait to get access to the new blocking protection, AT&T says downloading the AT&T Call Protect app will offer this same benefit. Sprint offers a caller ID service, which it says may identify spam calls, for $2.99 per month.

Robocall blocking uses algorithms and network scanning to identify unwanted calls, similar to how email providers scan for spam messages.