How to Stop Robocalls or at least slow them down

robocalls - How to Stop Robocalls or at least slow them down

Robocalling is certainly not a new scourge, and some it’s recent decline may indicate that blocking technologies and high-profile enforcement efforts are actually working. But many of the truly new defences carriers are working on haven’t fully rolled out yet, and the Federal Communications Commission is still catching up on long-time proposals. On Thursday, the agency finally approved phone carriers to begin blocking robocalls by default, a proposal that first surfaced in the Obama administration.

Though robocalls will never disappear completely there are some things you can do to keep your phone from ringing off the hook all the time.

Download a Call Blocking App From Your Mobile Carrier

The four—soon to be three—major wireless carriers all offer apps and services that block spam calls or at least label them as suspicious, so you know not to pick up. Most of the apps started out as paid features, but the carriers have slowly made the tools free over the last 18 months as robocalling has escalated from nuisance to disaster. Some of these features may get baked into your service automatically now that the FCC has expanded carriers’ legal ability to block spam calls, but for now, use these tools to get some relief.

Verizon‘s “Call Filter” app detects and blocks spam calls, and you can adjust its sensitivity depending on how worried you are about possibly missing legitimate calls. For $2.99 per month, you can add some extra call data and monitoring features, like customizable blocking lists. AT&T’s app is “Call Protect.” It provides similar caller ID warnings and call blocking features, and for $3.99 per month you can get expanded options like reverse number lookup. T-Mobile automatically offers caller ID warnings, “ScamID,” for all customers on monthly plans when a number seems suspicious. You can also use the company’s “Scam Block” feature to screen calls for free.

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