Carriers

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.

Know My App website by CTIA shows how much data your favorite apps consume

There is no doubt that mobile data usage is growing at a rapid pace, but users who are still adjusting to the trend my not be fully aware of the literal cost of their new adopted lifestyle. Carriers are coming to the rescue with a new Know My App website that tries to give users an idea of just how much data is being used by some of the most popular mobile apps on the market.
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