We are always hooked to screen and with this connectivity increase the chances of you facing a varying degree of spams.
According to the data shared by Robokiller, an organization that provides an application to block robocall on iPhone and Android, around 5.51 billion robocalls were made in the month of March in 2019.
This equates to one person receiving 22 spam calls which are quite annoying.
What is robocalling?
For the uninitiated, a robocall is a phone call when a computerized autodialer is used to send a prerecorded message similar to a robot.
Robocalling can be used to deliver a varying message from asking for charity to political campaigns.
Interesting data from the National Consumer Law Center suggest that out of 20 most prolific robocallers, 15 are debt collects and at least two of them are scammers.
How to block robocalls? Is there an app for Android and iOS?
There are several options provided by several app developers and carriers to block robocalls on your phone.
Let’s take a look at the options provides by major carriers.
Verizon recently launched a free robocall blocking which provides features like spam detection and spam filters. There is a paid service from Verizon that cost $2.99 per month that offers an additional caller id and personal block list
AT&T also has its free app and a paid option that cost $3.99 per month.
There are other apps Robokiller, Hiya and Nomorobo are some popular options to block the robocalling.
All these apps provide basic features like Caller ID, ability to block call and create a personal block list.
Robokiller provides an option called Answer Bots which attends the robocalls.
Hiya has partnered with phone carriers and smartphone manufacturers to provide a reliable experience. All these apps have premium and free plans for users. Finally, the last option is to turn on DND on the phone but remember to add the exceptions to contacts.
All the major carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are working on a new authentication tech which is known as STIR which will authenticate and check the incoming calls.