note 9There seems to be an increase in spam calls these days, where many people are reporting that they are seeing an increase in the number of calls that they are receiving from strange numbers from a variety of countries. Given that these numbers are constantly changing, it makes it rather difficult to block them.

However T-Mobile is hoping to do something about it in the form of a caller verification system that will identify legitimate calls. “Caller Verified is T-Mobile’s implementation of the STIR and SHAKEN standards. These standards combat illegal caller ID spoofing, which occurs when scammers temporarily hijack a phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix of the person they are targeting, making the incoming call look familiar.”

This sounds like it would be immensely useful in users trying to identify calls that might be spam, and calls that might be legitimate from establishments they might not have the number of. However the downside to this feature is that it is only available to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for now, which means that all other Android and iPhone devices will not be able to take advantage of it yet.

The carrier does not mention when this feature will make its way to non-Note 9 handsets, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

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