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Wireless carriers, US government join forces to lower phone theft

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Major US wireless providers—Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile—are joining forces with the US government in an effort to combat phone theft. The Wall Street Journal reports the wireless companies will build and maintain a centralized database to track phones reported as lost or stolen. Phones on the list will then...
Wireless carriers, US government join forces to lower phone theft

In rural New Mexico, no 3G for me

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Crave writer Eric Mack tries getting broadband to his home via wireless providers in part 4 of his weeklong series "Bringing broadband to the boonies" -- and strikes out. [Read more]...
In rural New Mexico, no 3G for me

T-Mobile goes even lower: bring in old iPhone, waive $99 fee for iPhone 5

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If you think zero dollars sounds better than $99, T-Mobile has an iPhone deal for you. Starting on Friday, if you trade in an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, the carrier will waive the down payment for a new iPhone 5. Friday is also launch day for the T-Mobile iPhone....
T-Mobile goes even lower: bring in old iPhone, waive $99 fee for iPhone 5

Hesse, Masayoshi Son Met With FCC to Pitch SoftBank-Sprint Deal

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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son met last week with members of the Federal Communications Commission to pitch the benefits of their proposed deal. In a regulatory filing with the commission, Sprint confirmed the meeting as well as details of its pitch for approval of the deal....
Hesse, Masayoshi Son Met With FCC to Pitch SoftBank-Sprint Deal

Cellphone industry opposes California location privacy bill

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On Tuesday, the California Senate Public Safety Committee is hearing arguments on the California Location Privacy Bill (SB 1434). It's a new bill that would provide more consumer protection for law enforcement access to mobile phones. As currently written, it would require a warrant before police gain access to location...
Cellphone industry opposes California location privacy bill

Will the latest NSA surveillance scandal be a wake-up call for the power of data?

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Remember when the New York Times tried to make that whole, your-cell-phone-is-a-tracking-device idea happen? Well, it seemed that most of the population didn’t care. But perhaps the news that the National Security Administration has been collecting phone metadata on Verizon’s customers inside the U.S. might help people get hip to...
Will the latest NSA surveillance scandal be a wake-up call for the power of data?
Rogers, Bell, and Telus sued by Canadian Competition Bureau for misleading ads

Briefly: Verizon tops, Spotify likes, Michael Jackson

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Verizon Wireless once again claimed the top spot among US carriers in terms of customer loyalty. The company reported today that its second quarter churn rate was 0.84 percent. Verizon edged out the unnamed second place finisher, which tallied a 0.97 percent churn rate. Third and fourth place carriers saw...
Briefly: Verizon tops, Spotify likes, Michael Jackson
FCC now requiring phone providers to clearly identify third-party charges
Verizon's controversial spectrum purchase from cable companies nearing FCC approval, Reuters reports

US carriers agree to build stolen phone database, blacklist hot handsets

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What's the best way to deter a thief? Ruin the spoils, of course. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to a broad outline that will culminate in the creation of a central database for stolen cellphones. The goal? To block lifted units from functioning on US shores. Over...
US carriers agree to build stolen phone database, blacklist hot handsets
Verizon board blasts shareholder vote on wireless net neutrality
Cell phones are being monitored more than ever before
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski: 'The US Is Killing It On Mobile Innovation'

T-Mobile swaps spectrum with Leap to help launch LTE

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Wireless providers T-Mobile USA and Leap on Monday revealed they will exchange spectrum in some US markets in order to improve coverage. Part of the deal is Cook Inlet, a joint venture that T-Mobile has a non-controlling majority stake in, as well as Savary Island Wireless, in which Leap has...
T-Mobile swaps spectrum with Leap to help launch LTE
Number of devices running Jelly Bean doubles in a month, Gingerbread still dominates Android

Wireless providers side with cops over users on location privacy

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The trade association representing AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint opposes a California proposal for search warrants to track mobile devices, claiming it will cause "confusion."...
Wireless providers side with cops over users on location privacy
Alteryx raises $12M to make predictive analytics user-friendly

Congress, wireless industry team up to make stolen phones worthless

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It is a horrible feeling: you reach in your pocket for your smartphone, but it’s not there. All of a sudden, you realize you left the phone on the table back at the bar. Not even five minutes have passed, so you run back but nobody’s seen it, or turned...
Congress, wireless industry team up to make stolen phones worthless

RIM's 4G LTE PlayBook to Launch in Canada August 9; Available in U.S. in "Coming Months"

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“Later this year” has finally arrived…sort of. Research In Motion announced this morning that its new, 32-gigabyte, 4G LTE-equipped PlayBook tablet, running BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, will be available through Canadian wireless providers on Aug. 9. No word from RIM on exact price — or on when the device...
RIM's 4G LTE PlayBook to Launch in Canada August 9; Available in U.S. in "Coming Months"

Voice over LTE could slash smartphone battery life in half

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Wireless providers in the United States see voice over LTE, more commonly known as VoLTE, as the future of mobile phone calls. The transition to the new technology may not be well received by consumers, however. According to a new report from Spirent Communications, VoLTE can reduce a smartphone’s talk-time battery life...
Voice over LTE could slash smartphone battery life in half

Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile launching HTC EVO V 4G as first 4G phone

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Coming out of CTIA 2012 today, Virgin Mobile has announced it plans to launch the HTC EVO V 4G on May 31 as its first 4G device. Of course Sprint’s no-contract subsidiary will be offering the device without a commitment, which means you’ll have to hand over $299 and...
Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile launching HTC EVO V 4G as first 4G phone

Wireless competition turned upside-down — In theory

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Are fewer competitors better for mobile broadband customers? Yes, according to the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, which says that when spectrum is used up, fewer firms lead to lower prices. The February study “turns the conventional view of wireless competition on its head,” according...
Wireless competition turned upside-down — In theory

Cloud storage to hit 1.3B subs by 2017 but where's the money?

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More than a half billion subscriptions to cloud-based storage will be sold this year, up from less than 300 million in 2011, according to new data from IHS iSuppli.  And that’s not the end of it: the researcher forecasts subscriptions will hit 625 million next year, up 25 percent and expects...
Cloud storage to hit 1.3B subs by 2017 but where's the money?
Facebook’s New Initiative Promises to Make Cross-Platform Mobile Payments Real

Some Dissatisfied Wireless Customers Leave A Complaint, Others Do This…

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We’ve all had our moments of rage when dealing with wireless providers. It’s a difficult relationship. We need our phones in a way that makes us far more dependent than any human should be on a large corporation, and because of this, carriers are able to take advantage of...
Some Dissatisfied Wireless Customers Leave A Complaint, Others Do This…

Carriers Band to Fight Cellphone Theft

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The nation's major wireless providers have agreed to a deal with the U.S. government to build a central database of stolen cellphones—part of a broad effort to tame an explosion of thefts nationwide....
Carriers Band to Fight Cellphone Theft

Charts: If you're concerned about privacy, don't use your cell phone

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Law enforcement and other government bodies, it seems, aren’t shy about asking for or demanding data about users from wireless carriers. In an article Monday morning, the New York Times highlighted some of the statistics about this activity, based on data several companies provided to U.S. Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA)...
Charts: If you're concerned about privacy, don't use your cell phone

Alltel, US Cellular team up to offer U Prepaid cell service

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Regional wireless providers US Cellular and Alltel have teamed up with Walmart on an upcoming launch of a new no-contract service. Called U Prepaid, it will be available in nearly 500 Walmart stores in 18 states. The service will focus on offering simple and easy-to-understand service plans.......
Alltel, US Cellular team up to offer U Prepaid cell service

Wireless providers side with cops over customers on location privacy

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Trade association representing AT&T, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Sprint Nextel opposes bill requiring police to obtain search warrants to track Americans' mobile devices, claiming it will cause "confusion." [Read more]...
Wireless providers side with cops over customers on location privacy
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