AT&T Will Work to Block Robocalls to Customers

The service covers after the FCC warned service providers to do more.

July 11, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission warned phone providers to crack down on robocalls and AT&T is responding. The phone carrier announced this week that they will begin blocking spam calls and also send spam alerts when a call is suspected to be spam. AT&T will initially provide the service to new customers, eventually rolling out the spam-fighting technology to the entire customer database. 

Unlike similar services provided by T-Mobile and Sprint, AT&T’s service will default to the on setting with an option to turn it off. It also does not require any additional fees or downloading of third-party apps.

The crackdown on robocalls comes after an estimated 46 percent increase in spam calls from 2017 to 2018, regardless of whether or not people are on the National Do Not Call Registry.