The Un-carrier wants to unleash the power of technology to block phonies from showing up on your phone.
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T-Mobile declares war on robo and scam calls
There are some free options here and they don’t require you to download anything!
3 ways to get automatic scam protection on your phone
The first two services are absolutely free to anyone on T-Mobile.
Scam ID alerts you when calls come in from known scammers.
Scam Block, meanwhile, lets you block known scammers so they can’t get through to you.
You can dial these codes to activate the new features:
- #ONI# (#664#) enables Scam ID
- #ONB# (#662#) enables Scam Block
- #OFB# (#632#) disables Scam Block if it accidentally blocks desired calls
- #STS# (#787#) can be used to check if Scam Block is enabled
A third new service called Name ID lets you “add Name ID and identify any caller’s name and location.” It also lets you block personal numbers from coming in.
Unlike Scam ID and Scam Block, Name ID comes with a price tag of $4 a month. Though it is provided free of charge on all T-Mobile ONE™ Plus and T-Mobile ONE Plus International plans.
Borrowing from AT&T, but everybody wins
T-Mobile’s latest move takes a page from the playbook of AT&T. Back in December 2016, AT&T released its Call Protect app. The free mobile app automatically vets incoming calls to make sure they’re not associated with robocall scams.
The AT&T initiative has been wildly successful. In April 2017, Call Protect announced that it has thwarted 1 billion robocalls.
We all know the major cell phone carriers like to sling mud at each other in their ads. But the beauty of this situation is that what AT&T and T-Mobile have done puts the customer first! Let’s hope we see similar initiatives from Sprint and Verizon.
Having less scam calls in your life is something everybody wants — no matter who they’re with for wireless service!