June 30 was an important date when it comes to the fight against the spam calls we all receive on a daily basis. As of a few weeks ago, all phone companies in the US are now required to start using Stir/Shaken technology. While it may sound like something out of a James Bond movie, there are, unfortunately, no cocktails involved. Instead, Stir/Shaken is a project where phone companies like T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast will start verifying all incoming and outgoing calls routed through their networks. By verifying each call, the number of fake or spoofed calls will be reduced, in turn, causing our phones to ring less often. Huzzah!
There's nothing you need to do on your end to take advantage of the new feature. The technology means your service provider is handling it before a call ever reaches your phone. That said, the new tech isn't going to completely stop robocalls from reaching your phone -- including scams promising a free trip to Jamaica or falsely scaring you into believing your Social Security number is suspended.