New AT&T Mobility consumer lines will come with the anti-robocall service, and existing AT&T customers also will have it automatically added to their accounts over the coming months.
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. Whether or not the new system will accidentally block legitimate calls also remains to be seen, but as the service becomes more widespread, users can expect to discover more details about the system.
We aren't typically fans of opt-out services from wireless carriers, but robocall blocking is something we all need in our lives. "The Commission's recent action builds on a years-long effort to enable broader adoption of call-blocking tools and allow providers to better protect their customers and networks".
AT&T said Tuesday it was able to make this change thanks to a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission last month that lets U.S. carriers "aggressively block" unwanted robocalls, allowing them to turn on blocking features by default instead of as an opt-in service.
AT&T announced today that they plan to add automatic fraud call blocking and suspected spam-call alerts to their customers' accounts.
Call Protect has been available since 2016 but only if customers opted in to it.
In advance of tomorrow's Federal Communications Commission annual summit, which this year will focus on the SHAKEN/STIR protocols and their use to combat robocalling, AT&T has said it will add automatic robocall-blocking technology to its customers' accounts.
AT&T is the first carrier to launch a feature for blocking fraudulent calls which is turned on by default, but other carriers offer similar features. Sprint offers a caller ID service, which it says may identify spam calls, for $2.99 per month.