Carriers

Device unlocking bill narrowly passes House

Those advocating for the freedom to unlock their carrier provided devices might soon be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, H.R. 1123 has just passed voting in the House, but last minute changes almost caused it to fail.

US Senators now backing “kill switch” proposal

In a rather strange turn of events, lawmakers across the country are now trying to put their weight behind the almost aborted kill switch solution to smartphone theft. This new push came after California lawmakers proposed making it mandatory for smartphones sold in the state of California only.

Verizon Smart Rewards launched, gives you points for just about everything

Verizon recently introduced a rewards system, which acts just like the one you likely have for a credit card. The difference here is it’s via Verizon, and seems slightly more subversive than your “earn a point for every dollar you spend” credit card program. For those deeply entrenched in Verizon, this could be a boon. For those who just want to use a device on a carrier and not have them intrude on your life, it’s not going to sit well.

Group asks the FCC to limit Verizon and AT&T’s options in upcoming spectrum auction

A group of smaller carriers have banded together to ask the FCC to place restrictions on Verizon and AT&T in an upcoming spectrum auction. The group, made up of some familiar names as well as a rag-tag bunch of also-ran carriers, is asking that the FCC do something about the two domestic behemoths. The group worries that having such a widespread portfolio will hurt them as well as consumers.

AT&T Next shortens upgrade requirement to 6 months

Carriers seem to be scrambling to let their subscribers switch to a new device or a new plan as soon as possible in an effort to keep them from considering the competition. The latest to do so is AT&T who is now offering existing subscribers the option to upgrade to a new device after just 6 months.
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