Recently, T-Mobile sent a new update for Galaxy Note 9 with December 2018 security patch and a new feature called 'Caller Verified (Stir/Shaken)'. Now T-Mobile has officially summarised this feature and its future in the industry.
'Caller Verified' is a caller ID and scam protection feature based on the STIR and SHAKEN standards. Through the latest Galaxy Note 9 software update, calls on the T-Mobile network to an updated Note 9 are now Caller Verified, and customers see “Caller Verified” on the incoming call screen when T-Mobile has verified that the call is authentic and not intercepted by scammers/spammers (first seen by TMONews).
What is Stir/Shaken?
Sir/Shaken are the calling safety standards marked by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs). These standards allow customers to know the calls they are receiving are verified as authentic and not spoofed or hijacked.
The company said Caller Verified feature will fight against illegal caller ID spoofing, which occurs when scammers temporarily hijack a phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix of the person they are targeting, making the incoming call look familiar.
Back in November 2018, T-Mobile became the first mobile carrier that announced readiness for STIR/SHAKEN adoption, and with recent Galaxy Note 9 update, the Un-carrier became the first in the industry to launch caller verification using the STIR/SHAKEN standards.
Once other wireless providers implement STIR/SHAKEN, Caller Verified will work on calls made across networks.
The company also said, This technology is available now and free for all Un-carrier customers. Caller Verified will be available on more smartphones later this year."
So there are good chances that it'll soon land in other Galaxy devices.