For the first time in history, there are more household subscribers to digital streaming services than there are to traditional pay TV subscriptions. AT&T and Comcast recently completed a test of verified call in an effort to fight against robocalls.
AT&T and Comcast are telecom giants who have been rivals for years. However, they have come together to fight robocalls.
One week ago the two companies stated that they have the ability to authenticate calls made between the two different phone providers’ networks.
This is an industry first and the latest in an ongoing battle against robocalls.
Verified Call Testing:
Using Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service and AT&T’s phone digital home phone service, the companies successfully tested the new feature over regular consumer networks.
This system uses a relatively new method which was recently developed to verify that a legitimate call is being made instead of a call that’s been spoofed by robocallers, scammers, or spammers.
Then the signature on the recipient’s network will be confirmed by the recipient.
The companies stated that their subscribers will get a notification that a call is verified.
AT&T and Comcast will offer this feature to their home phone users later this year. There will be no additional charges for this service from either of these companies.
AT&T stated that it will also offer this feature to its mobile users later this year.
Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cox, Charter, and Vonage have pledged their support for the verification process. These companies will be announcing plans to test this feature or to roll it out in 2019.
Earlier this year, T-Mobile began rolling out verified calls on its network. However, this feature is only available between T-Mobile customers at the moment.
For this feature to work, you must have a compatible phone. The list of compatible phones is limited, only recent Samsung and LG phones are compatible.
It’s likely that more phones will be added to this list in the future.
This feature was developed due to the increased awareness from consumers about robocalls and spoofed numbers.
A recent report from the Federal Communications Commission cited data from First Orion. This is a company that provides data transparency and phone call solutions.
The report stated that an estimated 44.6 percent of phone calls to mobile phones in 2019 will be scam calls.
A few weeks ago John Oliver, the host of the weekly show “Last Week Tonight” on HBO spoke about his disapproval of the way in which the FCC has been handling robocalls.
Millions of people have watched the segment on YouTube in which Oliver created an automated call to the five FCC commissioners every 90 minutes in an effort to get the agency to deal with this problem more aggressively.