Verizon has announced its partnership with Apple to combat the onslaught of robocalls plaguing users, starting with the release of iOS 14.
With iOS 14, Verizon’s Call Filter app will offer additional features that are currently not available. This new feature, dubbed Silence Junk Callers, will automatically recognize calls identified by the Verizon network as potential spam or fraud, and then send them directly to voicemail without ringing your phone.
While the feature will be rolled out in earnest this fall when iOS 14 is fully released, iOS 14 beta users who subscribe to the “plus” version of Verizon’s call screening app will be able to use the app today. functionality. Call Filter is free to download and use, but the “plus” version offers additional functionality.
The free and “plus” versions of the app include spam detection and a spam filter. The paid version includes caller ID, spam scanning, a personal block list, and a spam risk counter.
Call filtering features compared to Call Filter Plus
During the beta phase of iOS 14, only paid tier users will be able to try out the new Silence Junk Callers feature. When iOS 14 launches, it will also be available to free Call Filter users. Call Filter Plus costs $ 2.99 per month for one line or $ 7.99 for multiple lines per account.
Verizon claims it authenticates billions of calls each month between more than a dozen different providers using STIR / SHAKEN technology, as mobile robocalls and spam calls continue to be a nuisance to users.
In December, President Trump enacted the TRACED Act, an anti-robocall law with near unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Apple continues to test iOS 14 with the two developers as well as its public beta program. The third beta of iOS 14 has just been released and contains several changes as Apple pushes development forward.