Report: Verizon offering free robocall blocking tools this week

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FILE – This May 2, 2017, file photo, shows Verizon corporate signage on a store in New York’s Midtown. Shares of Verizon are falling before the opening bell after the company said it would take a $4.6 billion hit for what’s become an expensive internet foray that’s never panned out. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Verizon is stepping up its efforts to combat unwanted robocalls by reportedly offering new blocking tools for its customers this week, according to Forbes.

Verizon says the features will be available for free for both Android and iPhones, and should be available for download by the end of the week.

Last week, AT&T and Comcast announced that they were able to authenticate calls using a new technology called SHAKEN/STIR, which allows them (and now Verizon) to verify if the phone number on a user’s caller ID is the phone number that originated the call.

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