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How to block spam texts on your iPhone

June 26th, 2022

It happens to every single iPhone user… you are being inundated with spam texts, and you can’t handle it anymore. Indeed, it’s been an ongoing and frustrating problem for quite some time now. For some people, it’s only gotten worse recently. What makes the issue particularly irritating is that spammers have become more clever and …


Here’s why you might start getting fewer robocalls after this week

June 29th, 2021

2020 was a waking nightmare, but if there were any silver linings, one of them might have been the precipitous drop in robocalls and spam calls. According to the software developer YouMail, there were nearly 13 billion fewer robocalls in 2020 than there were in 2019, as even scammers were affected by the pandemic. Unfortunately, …

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This is the reason I rarely open Apple’s Messages app anymore

March 23rd, 2021

The SMS messages come with increasing regularity, almost daily now. The Apple Messages app on my iPhone stays loaded up with text messages from Amazon, generally informing me that I’m a winner in the day’s product raffle. All I have to do is click a link within the text message — a message, by the …


Robocalls are the worst they’ve been since the pandemic started

March 5th, 2021

If you feel like robocalls have picked up significantly in recent weeks, you are not imagining it. Citing data collected by YouMail over the last twelve months, CNN reports that Americans received more than 4.6 billion robocalls in February, which was a 15.1% increase over January despite the fact that February was three days shorter. …

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T-Mobile and AT&T are actually working together to stop robocalls

August 14th, 2019

The scourge of robocalls and spoofed numbers is bad as now as it’s ever been, but in recent weeks, the government and the private sector have both been taking the issue more seriously. In fact, US mobile carriers T-Mobile and AT&T revealed on Wednesday that they are teaming up to bring call cross-network call authentication …

Verizon: Free spam and robocall tools

Verizon is giving subscribers free robocall and spam protection tools

January 18th, 2019

In an effort to curb the recent epidemic of spam and robocalls, Verizon announced this week that it will be giving all of its customers free access to protection tools (which were previously behind a paywall) starting this March. As Joe Russo, senior vice president of network operations, explains, Verizon added call and spam screening to …


T-Mobile introduces new features to combat phone scammers

March 24th, 2017

Every year, phone scammers come up with new and creative ways to bilk individuals out of their hard-earned money. From calling up folks and pretending to be IRS agents to robocalling every permutation of phone number possible with promises of easy money, the variety of different phone scams seems to increase significantly with each passing year. …