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T-Mobile says it's ready to tackle scam robocalls with FCC recommended tech



 T-Mobile CEO John Legere

T-Mobile CEO John Legere


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T-Mobile says it'll block scam calls better.

On Thursday, the wireless carrier said it had integrated new spoof identification technology into its network. The company said it would comply with the Federal Communication Commission's request to use technology.

T-Mobile has more than 1 billion scam calls over the past 18 months, according to the company's release, and marked another 6 billion as likely scam calls. T-Mobile is working with First Orion – T-Mobile, T-Mobile and others – to detect scam calls.

"This is an industrywide issue." T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a release.

Almost half of US phone calls will be scams by 2019, said a report from First Orion. The percentage of scam calls in the US increased from 3.7 percent last year to 29.2 percent this year, and it's predicted to rise to 44.6 percent next year. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent Letters to the heads of AT & T, Comcast, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google and others on Monday, asking them to adopt a call authentication system that would combat illegal caller ID spoofing. He asked the company to have the system in place no later than next year.

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