Carriers

FCC, carriers may have come to agreement on device unlocking

The FCC and carriers may have come to an agreement on device unlocking. Reports now suggest that both carriers and the FCC have agreed, in principle, to a method for notifying customers of their rights regarding unlocking devices. This all comes after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said he preferred to see a day when carriers weren’t so stringent about device regulations, especially once out of contract.

US police revealed to have spent millions to buy cell phone records from carriers

Here is yet another case pointing to the government's overarching police power and how far, or how much, it is willing to go to gather intelligence about its citizens. US Senator Edward Markey has disclosed that, based on figures coming from major US carriers themselves, law enforcers have spent more than $26 million last year to buy information from these telecommunications companies.

FreedomPop announces “Bring your Own Device” option, free service

FreedomPop, who recently offered up the HTC Evo 4G for service on their network, has added another interesting feature. The service, which works on the Sprint network, is now open to those with compliant devices to enjoy all that FreedomPop has to offer. With service being offered at a low cost, and even free, it’s an enticing service. There are a few distinguishing caveats, though.

US carriers band together to end premium SMS reign of scams

Some major US carriers, which include AT&T and T-Mobile, today announced their commitment to stop scammers in their tracks who utilize their networks' premium SMS services for less than honorable purposes. Though it will take some time to fully implement, this is the first step in ending scams that have robbed customers of varying amounts of money in the past years, some reaching even $10 a month.

US Carriers kill Samsung’s kill switch anti-theft measure

Smartphone theft and muggings have reached an all time high, costing customers more than $30 billion last year and causing law enforcers to derisively refer to the wave, at least as it relates to iPhones and iPads, as "Apple picking". Samsung offered a rather drastic proposal to help improve the situation but was shot down by major wireless carriers in the US.

AT&T moves away from voice-centric subscriptions

More and more phone users rely on the Internet to keep connected with others and network carriers need to adapt to this growing trend in order to remain relevant and competitive. That is why AT&T is slowly moving away from plans that revolve around voice calls and text messages towards more data-centric offerings.

AT&T to fold Aio into Leap Wireless if buyout pushes through

If all goes according to AT&T's plan, new subscribers to its newly launched Aio Wireless prepaid service might see themselves shuttled off to a new company. According to an FCC filing, the carrier plans on merging its prepaid subsidiary with Leap Wireless' business if the acquisition of the latter proves to be successful.
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