T-Mobile and Comcast have teamed up with voice and messaging services provider Inteliquent to demonstrate the first end-to-end call over three networks using the Shaken/Stir framework, which validates where calls originate. The news is a big step forward in implementing the technology, which many hope will slow the growing pace of annoying robocalls.
The companies say they've worked out the technical details to ensure that the numbers displayed on a call get verified as that call gets routed over Inteliquent's network, as well as directly between
and the Xfinity Voice landline phone service.
"Scammers and spoofers are a scourge on the industry, and at T-Mobile, we're using every tool available to fight against these bad guys on behalf of consumers," John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, said in a statement.
Robocalls use autodialers and recorded messages to make millions of phone calls. One of the most common scams involves so-called "neighbor spoofing," in which scammers hijack a phone number to match the area code and three-digit prefix of the person they're targeting. This tricks people into answering their
since people are more likely to answer calls from numbers that look familiar.
Also as part of Thursday's news, T-Mobile announced that its implementation of Shaken/Stir is available across 17 phones, with more coming soon.
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