AT&T to offer automatic robocall blocking feature at no extra charge


When AT&T enables the automatic blocking, customers will have to go into the app and opt out if they wish to deactivate the service.

Hiya, the company whose algorithms support AT&T's Call Protect, recently issued a robocall report, which shows that robocalls grew to 25.3 billion in the first half of 2019, up 128% compared to the same period a year ago and almost reaching the 26.3 billion robocalls Americans received in all of 2019.

If you are an AT&T Phone customer with a home line, you also can get help.

The company already provided call blocking to mobile customers who downloaded the AT&T Call Protect app or opted in via their account settings. Customers will be notified by text message when the service is added. Alternatively, customers can sign into myAT&T and enable fraud call blocking in their account settings.

The wireless carrier is able to expand its Call Protect service because of a June ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that allows carriers to provide call blocking on an "opt-out" basis, the company said.

As we previously mentioned, the service doesn't automatically block all nuisance calls.

On July 9, AT&T announced that it will bring automatic fraud call blocking as well as suspected spam call alerts to all of its mobile customers for free.

Fraud calls, naturally, are those in which AT&T suspects the caller is trying to defraud the user.

Other carriers offer similar options, but AT&T is the first so far to automatically block calls. The first way is cumbersome but free, and the second way costs $4 a month but automatically sends the spam calls to voicemail. Both iPhones and Android phones have built-in call-blocking features that work independently from your carrier anyway.

I think we'll all agree that spam calls and robocalls are just the worst. Call Protect Plus also includes Enhanced Caller ID that identifies the caller name and location.