Android users on Verizon don't have to lift a finger for protection from spam and scam calls



With spam and scam calls expected to make up half of all calls received on mobile phones in the U.S. in 2019 (just this morning we received four spam calls including one as we were writing this story), Verizon earlier this year launched a free version of its Call Filter tool in the states. Today, Verizon announced that it is auto-enrolling eligible Android devices in its free Call Filter service.

So what does this mean to Verizon subscribers sporting an Android-powered device? If they receive a call that has previously been reported as a fraud, the call will be blocked and sent to voicemail. If a Verizon customer gets a call from a number known to be used for spams or scams, the display will read "Potential Spam" instead of the caller's name. Verizon subscribers can activate the call blocking features of Call Filter to prevent these callers from wasting their time. Calls from names and numbers found in the Verizon subscriber's contacts list will be handled normally, and all international calls can be blocked. That's important because many spam calls originate overseas.


While these features are free, for an additional $2.99 per month per line (or $7.99 per month for three or more lines), Call Filter Plus will allow Big Red subscribers to create their own spam and block lists, identify unknown numbers, quantify the risk of each spam or scam call using a "Risk Meter," and more.

The updates will be rolling out to Verizon's Android devices immediately and eligible subscribers can install the app if they can't wait. Keep in mind that only Android devices are being auto-enrolled in the program and those with an Apple iPhone or iPad will have to download the app from the App Store. Verizon says that this year it will help its subscribers identify 1.5 billion spam calls.

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7 Comments

1. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I think the approach Verizon is wouldn't solve it , I was a brutal victim of spam calling for Years now, but it's more complicated than that . The government should crank down on spoofing apps . Period ! Most spam callers uses spoofing apps, which could be very dangerous with the approach Verizon is taking , a spammer could spoof anyone's number to call multiple people and when the call receivers mark such number as spam, the actual line owner becomes the victim , the government has ignored this for a very long time now , Verizon approach to it would only cause more damages for unaware victims that has no idea some sc*m been spoofing their numbers

2. Penny

Posts: 1870; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I feel like the current spam calling issues definitely have the FCC's attention. The FCC has taken some good passive actions in making sure blocking tools are allowed at various levels, but I do feel like actual enforcement efforts have been lacking, at least if the results prove anything.

5. Jrclean

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 2019

Totally agree. Ive gotten spam calls and the caller id shows my own number

3. TBomb

Posts: 1671; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Weird that Verizon is charging people to give a rating and all that. They should make that a mandatory feature of the free version and then charge $2.99/month to be ale to bypass the effort. The free tier builds your database and gets the benefits and the paid tier reaps the benefits without work.

6. liteon163

Posts: 78; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I'm a Verizon user and I DO have to lift a finger, as I'd have to download and install their app.

7. Brewski

Posts: 730; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

No, watch the video. It says that Android and Apple users used to have to download the App. Now is included by Verizon with Android users, but Apple still has to download the App.

8. Brewski

Posts: 730; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I'm curious if this only applies to Android phones purchased through Verizon or if it also includes phones bought from Best Buy for example and activated on Verizon's network.

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