Microsoft officially declares war on robocalls

Costea Lestoc By: Costea Lestoc
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We all hate robocalls! These annoying automated phone calls deliver recorded messages and usually promote products or services, or even a political party. Following users’ complaints, many tech companies decided to take action and develop solutions to prevent, detect, and filter unwanted robocalls. The newly-formed group is named Robocall Strike Force and the Federal Communications Commission is hosting its first meeting.

The Strike Force was formed after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler suggested industry leaders to address consumer concerns regarding robocalls. This is the full list of companies that accepted to deploy anti-robocall solutions: AT&T, Apple, ATIS, Bandwidth, Blackberry, British Telecom, CenturyLink, Charter, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, Consumers Union, Cox, Ericsson, FairPoint, Frontier, Google, Inteliquent, Level 3, LG, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Silver Star, Sirius XM, Sprint, Syniverse, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, West, Windstream and X5 Solutions.

Members of the Robocalling Strike Force group will have to conform to VOIP caller ID verification standards once the group makes them available, adopt Signaling System 7 solutions associated with VOIP calls, develop a new “Do Not Originate” list if needed, find and implement solutions to prevent unwanted calls from reaching customers and help other carriers to adopt call-blocking technologies.

Windows phone users have long been complaining about robocalls, but unfortunately, Microsoft couldn’t do much to help them. Let’s hope the new Robocall Strike Force will reduce the number of robocalls. Truth being told, we doubt Microsoft and the other companies activating in the technology field will ever be able to stop robocalls altogether, but at least reducing their number will give users more peace of mind.



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