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Blocking Robocalls

A cell phone provider is taking the issue on head on, but it will come with a cost for customers

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 6:00 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 6:00 PM

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calls from unknown numbers are mind- numbing and they're getting increasingly clever. according to call management firm first orion...there has been a drastic increase in the calls since 20-17. now-one of the nations leading cell phone providers is looking to block those unwanted calls for you... but it isn't free. k-i-m-t news three's jeremiah wilcox is digging into the cost of stopping the unwelcomed calls. block robocalls-bintro-3 block robocalls-lintro-2 that's right george you and i both get them and they're very annoying. you can try to hang up but you never know when they'll call. a-t-and-t says they'll block those annoying calls for you...but for a fee. many people i spoke to today aren't happy. xxx block robocalls-lpkg-1 block robocalls-lpkg-3 nat: phone ringing vo:sam eischen takes his phone wherever he goes... so wherever he goes he gets aggravating robocalls . block robocalls-lpkg-4 sot: they're very annoying and it's easy to get rid of and it keeps coming back and it's one of those things you wish you didn't have to deal with. block robocalls-lpkg-5 vo:over four million people have complained to the federal government about frustrating calls. block robocalls-lpkg-6 sot: most of the time it's somebody who's nothing but a pain. block robocalls-lpkg-7 vo:they're getting messages like this. nat: ignoring this will intentional second attempt to avoid federal law. vo:in june...the u-s federal communications commission allowed phone companies to offer robocall- blocking services. block robocalls-lpkg-8 sot: our collective message to robocallers is simple its time to call it quits. block robocalls-lpkg-9 vo:a-t-and-t will be the first to automatically block spam phone calls...but will charge customers for the service. they have a free service that will alert customers of a suspected spam numer...but for four dollars a month they will automatically send the call to voicemail. eischen believes it should be free. sot: you're paying for their service. you're paying to be texting and calling, data whatever. i think it should be kind of a courtsey service that they do for you. vo:customers paying extra to end unwanted calls. block robocalls-btag-3 the f-c-c is cracking down on those unwanted calls. on their website they have issued hunndreds of millions of dollars in enforcement against illegal callers. one way they say is to hang up d never give out any personal information. reporting in rochester jeremiah wilcox kimt news 3. thank you jeremiah, that free service will roll out to millions of a-t- and-t phones over the next few months. / a man
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