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at&t wants to extort $4 a month from victims for automatic robocall and spam blocking
 

 
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With free version, you get "personal block list" instead of automatic blocking


AT&T yesterday said it will add "automatic fraud blocking and suspected spam-call alerts" to mobile phone lines for no added cost, but the carrier still imposes limits on blocking of spam calls unless customers pay extra.


"New AT&T Mobility consumer lines will come with the anti-robocall service. Millions of existing AT&T customers also will have it automatically added to their accounts over the coming months," AT&T's announcement said.

Despite the change, customers will still have to manually add undesired phone numbers to block lists or pay $4 a month to send all suspected spam calls to voicemail. That's because this is little more than an expansion of AT&T's Call Protect service, which has a basic free tier and a paid tier with automatic blocking of spam calls

Call Protect has been available since 2016 but only if customers opted in to it. The difference now is that Call Protect will be added to AT&T phone lines automatically

The Federal Communications Commission voted last month to let phone companies block robocalls by default even when consumers have not opted in to robocall-blocking services. 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.

AT&T said the FCC vote is what allowed the carrier to expand Call Protect to users without waiting for them to opt in. The FCC ruling "clarifies that call-blocking tools may be offered by phone service providers on an 'opt out' basis," AT&T said. "That means we can automatically provide you the service unless you decline, instead of first asking you to download an app or go to your settings to 'opt in.'"

Call Protect is not available to AT&T prepaid customers, but AT&T told Ars that it will be added automatically "to most consumer, postpaid HD Voice lines" in the coming months. Customers will be notified by text message when the service is added. If you don't want to wait, AT&T says you can download the AT&T Call Protect app or enable Call Protect in the myAT&T account settings


No automatic blocking of spam calls


As we previously mentioned, the service doesn't automatically block all nuisance calls. Notice that the AT&T announcement promised "automatic fraud blocking and suspected spam-call alerts" but not automatic blocking of spam calls. Calls that AT&T categorizes as "fraud" won't ring your phone, but calls categorized as "spam" will ring your phone despite coming with a warning.

Fraud calls, naturally, are those in which AT&T suspects the caller is trying to defraud the user. By contrast, "spam calls are calls that a customer may consider to be a nuisance, but that is subjective to each customer," AT&T told us. AT&T's Call Protect website says further that "Suspected spam may include service messages and/or other permitted calls." AT&T says it identifies fraud and spam calls "through data analytics and network blocking, as well as reports from customers."

There are two ways for AT&T customers to block those spam calls. The first way is cumbersome but free, and the second way costs $4 a month but automatically sends the spam calls to voicemail.

The free way is to make a personal block list using the basic version of AT&T's Call Protect service. But that requires adding unwanted numbers manually. Both iPhones and Android phones have built-in call-blocking features that work independently from your carrier anyway


For $4 a month, the premium version of AT&T Call Protect adds "Custom Call Controls," an option that sends suspected spam calls to voicemail automatically. Call Protect Plus also includes Enhanced Caller ID that identifies the caller name and location

The FCC vote in June did not require carriers to offer call blocking for free, even though Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel had urged the Republican majority to mandate free robocall blocking

AT&T said it will continue offering the fee-based Call Protect Plus service and hasn't promised any changes that would move spam blocking into the free tier. "The Call Protect Plus service will still be offered, however we will have more to share in the coming months," AT&T told us
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 1 month ago '04        #2
mprnc2000 16 heat pts16
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I'm tired of robocalls and junk mail
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 1 month ago '13        #3
mikejuheard 44 heat pts44
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Them Unknown Callers are annoying af
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 1 month ago '06        #4
Hit Em' Up 64 heat pts64
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 mprnc2000 said
I'm tired of robocalls and junk mail
You need to be very selective who you give your number out to. Get a texting app, use that number any type of bullsh*t you are signing up for...use your real number for friends, family, work, doctor,etc...text app for everything else. When i was younger id even use the text apps for side hoes...its like a second phone that u can delete in a second and when you reinstall all the convos are still saved lol.

This wont k*ll every random spam call but it'll get rid of most. Also i think most phones have the option to block unknown calls...get on that too. If you get spam texts the text back "STOP!" without the quotations marks and it'll unsubscribe you.


Last edited by Hit Em' Up; 07-15-2019 at 07:40 AM..
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 1 month ago '15        #5
Hellmatic 3 heat pts
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I get calls bout car insurance and my needing to get fixed. bi*ch I never had no car!
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 1 month ago '06        #6
King Allister 36 heat pts36
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 Hit Em' Up said
You need to be very selective who you give your number out to. Get a texting app, use that number any type of bullsh*t you are signing up for...use your real number for friends, family, work, doctor,etc...text app for everything else. When i was younger id even use the text apps for side hoes...its like a second phone that u can delete in a second and when you reinstall all the convos are still saved lol.

This wont k*ll every random spam call but it'll get rid of most. Also i think most phones have the option to block unknown calls...get on that too. If you get spam texts the text back "STOP!" without the quotations marks and it'll unsubscribe you.
the new jig is numbers near your phone number call you
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 1 month ago '17        #7
Timberwolves 112 heat pts112
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WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU. THIS IS YOUR FINAL COURTESY CALL TO GET YOUR CREDIT INTEREST LOWERED.

bi*ch gon tell me his name is John Smith sounding like Krishna Rajesh Sanjay Gupta
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 1 month ago '07        #8
willie_s 1 heat pts
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And when I call back busy signal
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 1 month ago '06        #9
LYTE 184 heat pts184
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T mobile
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 1 month ago '06        #10
LYTE 184 heat pts184
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T mobile has something similar


Plot twist, what if these phone companies are creating this problem just to charge subscribers for a solution??


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 1 month ago '05        #11
old head 205 heat pts205
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its baaaaaaadd for me.. this is only half the day

I live in CALI, and dont know nobody from these areas





 1 month ago '17        #12
Timberwolves 112 heat pts112
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 old head said
its baaaaaaadd for me.. this is only half the day

I live in CALI, and dont know nobody from these areas




ayyyy S/O to my 612 Minneapolis bots
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 1 month ago '05        #13
old head 205 heat pts205
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 LYTE said
T mobile has something similar


Plot twist, what if these phone companies are creating this problem just to charge subscribers for a solution??
Ive thought about this exact same sh*t bruh

I feel like this is a strong possibilty....which also makes sense as to why these carriers are moving at a snail's pace in regards to taking action

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 3 weeks ago '06        #14
sunsetnVine 21 heat pts21
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 LYTE said
T mobile has something similar


Plot twist, what if these phone companies are creating this problem just to charge subscribers for a solution??
They did. At least Verizon did... itís bullshyt but Americans are stupid and too busy to pay attention to getting fleeced. Good voice helped for me
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 3 weeks ago '04        #15
jewelz1132 5 heat pts
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it's so bad that i'd prob pay it.. I get weird a*s calls from lithuania and nigeria.. local numbers talking about car insurance for some sh*t i don't even own.
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 3 weeks ago '04        #16
Javon23 344 heat pts344
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Its even worse for people who have had their number for 10+ years.
I've had the same number for 20+ years and i get spam calls literally 24/7.
At least 10 day.
Another fu*ked up thing is there use to be many decent free call blocking spam filter apps out there but in the past year the majority of them have switched to a subscription service. All about $$$$$$ these days.
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 2 weeks ago '07        #17
Cartel-Clipz 38 heat pts38
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sh*t is annoying. It sucks because I run a business where people call me all the time and I never know if it's legit a customer from out of state or one of these robo calls.

I wouldn't pay to stop it though. I'll just hang up, or wait to check the message they leave and then add them to the block list.
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 2 weeks ago '07        #18
PurpleKush 14 heat pts14
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Alot of these robo calls come from dating apps..yall be carefull signing up
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 2 weeks ago '04        #19
Duntaz 71 heat pts71
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 Hellmatic said
I get calls bout car insurance and my needing to get fixed. bi*ch I never had no car!
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