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More Than Half of American Homes Don't Use a Landline

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With the ascent of mobile, landlines dip back to World War II-era penetration....
More Than Half of American Homes Don't Use a Landline

Interview: AT&T's Glenn Lurie on Being the New Sheriff in Town

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Some people were scratching their heads a bit Monday after AT&T announced its plans to get into the home security game. For his part, AT&T’s Glenn Lurie says he’s a bit surprised by everyone else’s surprise. The move, he says, is a natural fit for the communications company. First off,...
Interview: AT&T's Glenn Lurie on Being the New Sheriff in Town

Mexican watchdog: Carlos Slim’s Telcel dominates the mobile market

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Mexico’s federal antitrust commission (CFC) confirmed a decision declaring Telcel the dominant mobile player and opening the door to specific regulation, the Wall Street Journal reports. As you may know, this Mexican telco belongs to America Movil, itself controlled by the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim. According to the WSJ,...
Mexican watchdog: Carlos Slim’s Telcel dominates the mobile market

All EU citizens given the right to switch phone providers within 24 hours and sign shorter contracts

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New rules for the telecommunications industry that were originally set out by the European Commission two years ago have finally come into full effect, granting citizens significant new rights over the length of their phone contract, personal data and provider of choice. All EU citizens, regardless of what country they...
All EU citizens given the right to switch phone providers within 24 hours and sign shorter contracts

Send Faxes From the Web: Three Services Tested

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Though you might be tempted to ditch your office fax machine, you probably have to send out at least a few faxes every year. Windows lets you fax from the OS itself; but it requires you to use a landline that your small business may not want tied up, and...
Send Faxes From the Web: Three Services Tested

VoIP provider Vonage gets into the calling card biz

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Vonage, one of the pioneers in the voice over IP calling market has launched a new product that bridges the old telecommunications world and the new — a digital calling card. Vonage says about 20 percent of international calls are still made using calling cards, but such products are also...
VoIP provider Vonage gets into the calling card biz

Get an Ooma Telo home phone system for $109.99

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Want to lose your landline? Ooma's Internet phone system gives you free local and long-distance calling for life, with almost no monthly fees. [Read more]...
Get an Ooma Telo home phone system for $109.99

textPlus seeks to "redefine global communications", enabling international calls from its Android app

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textPlus has announced that it is expanding its services to now allow international calls to be made right from its Android app. The mobile communications company believes that it can compete against other services like Skype or Vonage to make international calls to users’ loved ones by offering a lower...
textPlus seeks to "redefine global communications", enabling international calls from its Android app
Op-ed: Verizon willfully driving DSL users into the arms of cable

RIM patent application ponders a desk dock for your BlackBerry

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It's that special time of the week when we examine the what-ifs and whys of the patent system. Research in Motion applied for a patent last year to construct a telephone-dock that'll nestle your BlackBerry when you're sat in the office. Plonk your device in the carved out slot...
RIM patent application ponders a desk dock for your BlackBerry

Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies

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The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven’t proved they are eligible to receive them. The Lifeline program — begun in 1984...
Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies
AT&T should be investigated for ‘fraudulent’ data policies, public interest group says

Boot up: Path's spam burst, the curly smartphone, Galaxy S4 v iPhone 5 (redux)

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Plus Jawbone tries BodyMedia for size, the endless meme of the 'smaller iPhone', original iPhone approaches obsolescence, and moreA burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamThe antisocial network: Path texts my entire phonebook at 6am >> Branded3Stephen Kenwright: 6am: When I rolled...
Boot up: Path's spam burst, the curly smartphone, Galaxy S4 v iPhone 5 (redux)

Ofcom to investigate price rises on 'fixed' mobile phone contracts

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Ofcom has received 1,600 complaints from consumers whose mobile bills have risen despite being on 'fixed' contractsMobile phone companies could be banned from raising people's bills mid-contract after Ofcom said the existing rules potentially "harm" consumers.The regulator's announcement that it will consult on how to protect people on "fixed" mobile...
Ofcom to investigate price rises on 'fixed' mobile phone contracts
Sprint rolling out HD voice in late 2012, Evo 4G LTE is first compatible device

Vodafone boss calls for moratorium on mobile phone regulation

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Mobile World Congress: On eve of European vote to cut cost of using phone abroad, Vittorio Colao says move would cost jobsThe chief executive of Vodafone, Vittorio Colao, has called for a "moratorium on regulation" in the telecoms industry, warning that unless Europe stops imposing price cuts, mobile companies will...
Vodafone boss calls for moratorium on mobile phone regulation

Smartphones help boost Everything Everywhere

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• 71% of contract customers own smartphones• Nearly 500,00 pre-pay customers defect in Q1 • ... but 151,000 contract customers sign up• 90% of new customers take broadband tooEverything Everywhere, the UK's largest mobile phone operator, has turned the rise in smartphone owners to its advantage by curbing the revenue...
Smartphones help boost Everything Everywhere

Why Parents Care About Teenagers Texting

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The mainstream media always seems to suggest that teens texting is not only annoying, but it's also a bad thing. Is this fact or media myth? A new study out yesterday from Pew shows that texting is yet again on the rise, from 50 texts per day in 2009...
Why Parents Care About Teenagers Texting

Impact Dialing Uses the Humble Landline for Election Campaigning

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You’ve heard a lot from the media (including right here) about how much of an impact social media, and big data, and email, and online donations, and cookies, and other high-tech fandangles are having on this election, but the importance of one simple, totally unsexy technology is often overlooked. And...
Impact Dialing Uses the Humble Landline for Election Campaigning

The Lengths Cable Companies Will Go to Sell You a Bundle of Shit You Don’t Need

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(Photo: sorryalltheclevernamesaretaken) Anyone that’s ever had the pleasure of a telephonic interaction with their unfriendly, corporate cable and broadband provider knows just how invested they are in upselling. Calling because you’re cable box stopped working for no discernable reason? Well, how would you like add a landline while you wait....
The Lengths Cable Companies Will Go to Sell You a Bundle of Shit You Don’t Need

Panasonic KX-TG7740 and KX-TG7730 cordless phones feature Linke2Cell, iPhone ringtone integration

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Sure, you may have long ditched the landline, but you could still be in the market for a cordless phone. Two such rigs from Panasonic let you tap your mob for a voice connection, with Link2Cell. The KX-TG7740 and KX-TG7730 can both sync up with Bluetooth-enabled phones, letting you...
Panasonic KX-TG7740 and KX-TG7730 cordless phones feature Linke2Cell, iPhone ringtone integration

FCC cracks down on robocall telemarketers

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Federal regulators are making it harder for telemarketers to interrupt dinner and eat up cell phone minutes. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved rules that require “robocall” services — pre-recorded and automated marketing calls — to first gain written permission from consumers before blasting them with surveys, promotions...
FCC cracks down on robocall telemarketers

It’s Official: Samsung Galaxy Note Launches Feb 19 on AT&T for $299

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Samsung and AT&T made the release date and pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note official today. The leaked roadmap from last week was almost right. Consumers get to scoop up the Note on February 19th, not the 18th. One extra day to wait. Unless you pre-order. Customers that do so...
It’s Official: Samsung Galaxy Note Launches Feb 19 on AT&T for $299
U.K. Telecoms Watchdog Wants Consumers To Be Able To Exit Contracts Without Paying A Penalty If Prices Go Up Mid-Term
Google Left Phone Service Out Of Its Fiber Rollout Thanks To Pesky Regulatory Hurdles

magicJack: Cheap, Way Overhyped, But Really Works [Personal Technology]

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When I see a high-tech product that’s advertised mainly via frequent hard-sell TV ads, as if it were a diet pill, I tend to assume it can’t be very good, especially if its price is absurdly low. So, I haven’t paid much attention to a product called magicJack, a small...
magicJack: Cheap, Way Overhyped, But Really Works [Personal Technology]

Is a Landline Still a Lifeline?

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The Washington Post reports that 2.3 million Northern Virginia subscribers were left without emergency 911 service for several days after the torrential windstorms in the Washington area in late June:The 911 failure, of which the generator failure was only one factor, began hours after the severe derecho thunderstorm passed through...
Is a Landline Still a Lifeline?

How The NSA Monitors America's Phone Trafffic

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Leaked court records revealed that the NSA is monitoring phone calls made by millions of Verizon customers--but how do they do it? A scoop from The Guardian confirmed what many people suspected--the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on the phone activity of millions of Americans. Using a secret...
How The NSA Monitors America's Phone Trafffic
Mobile phone users sorely mistaken about how much privacy they have

Over half of American homes don't have or use their landline

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It’s not really surprising but over half of Americans don’t have or use a land line, according to data published late last week by the Centers for Disease Control. The study tracks the demographics of land line telephone use and was designed to help the CDC adapt its data collection...
Over half of American homes don't have or use their landline
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