AT&T announced today that they plan to add automatic fraud call blocking and suspected spam-call alerts to their customers’ accounts.
New AT&T customers will have the feature automatically added to their new accounts, while “millions” of current customers will be notified of the addition “over the coming months.” If anyone wants to add the feature right away, they can go ahead and install the AT&T Call Protect app or add the feature manually through their accounts to get the benefits.
Because of a ruling by the FCC, AT&T can now provide call-blocking tools on an opt-out basis. In other words, they have been given the go-ahead to add robocall blocking services to your account, so if you don’t want them, you’ll have to turn them off in the near future.
We aren’t typically fans of opt-out services from wireless carriers, but robocall blocking is something we all need in our lives. Hopefully, carriers don’t start abusing these new powers.
AT&T says they have additional robocall-related announcements to make in the near future.