Update (4/6): According to a number of user reports around the internet, T-Mobile’s scam blocking feature is now live. To activate the feature for yourself, you can dial the codes listed in the post below.

Original post (3/24): Getting a call is so rare that it’s almost exciting these days. At least for me. But imagine the disappointment when you realize it’s just an automated voice selling insurance. That’s why T-Mobile is pushing out an update called Scam ID for its customers so that known spam and scam numbers show up as such.

See also:

AT&T introduces Call Protect service to help customers avoid nuisance calls

December 20, 2016

Starting April 5, T-Mobile ONE customers won’t have to worry about wasting their time answering spam or scam calls. Whether it’s a salesperson hassling you to buy something or a more malicious imposter call looking to extract money out of you, T-Mobile’s Scam ID update should notify you when an incoming call is likely a scam:

The database is kept up-to-date in near real-time by analyzing every call that comes into the network with behavioral heuristics and intelligent scam pattern detection. When a match is found, the T-Mobile network tags the incoming call and warns the customer that it’s likely from a scammer. Because of the way T-Mobile’s network manages voice traffic, the Un-carrier is capable of analyzing every call to identify and block scammers.

However, if you don’t want to deal with these calls at all, you can sign up for what T-Mobile calls Scam Block. Just as it sounds, Scam Block will not only identify potential spam or scam calls, but it will automatically block them at the network level.

However, if you don’t want to deal with these calls at all, you can sign up for what T-Mobile calls Scam Block.

T-Mobile ONE customers will automatically receive the Scam ID update, but any postpaid customer can dial #ON# (#664#) to enable the feature starting April 5. Unlike Scam ID, Scam Block won’t be enabled automatically for any T-Mobile customer, but all you have to do is dial #ONB# (#662#) to turn it on and #OFB# (#632#) to turn it off. And lastly, to check whether Scam Block is on or off, customers can dial #STS# (#787#).

Will you be enabling Scam ID and Scam Block? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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