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There's a lot to like about Google's new Project Fi mobile service, but as we now learn, there are some important caveats to bear in mind if you're a hardcore Google Voice user. According to a reddit user, Google has begun sending out invites to Project Fi, and while the entire process appears to be straight-forward, a possible roadblock comes to us in the form of a Google Voice decision screen: If you happen to prefer your Google Voice phone number over your current mobile one, you'll be able to adopt it at this page. Afterwards, Google will transfer some data from your Voice account over to Fi,... Read more...
At the Mobile World Congress in early March, Google made its intention of tip-toeing into the mobile carrier market known. For many, the mere prospect is exciting - after all, we see what Google has done for home Internet, with Google Fiber. By entering this market carefully, Google is merely testing the waters, but that doesn't mean that its impact can't be profound. Here's a good example of what I mean: the company will be trying to make roaming charges a thing of the past. Anyone who travels outside of their home country should realize how huge that is. I learned the hard way many years ago... Read more...
In late October, we wrote about a suit that was filed against AT&T by the Federal Trade Commission involving the company's sketchy practices with its 'unlimited' packages. Now, an even more relevant agency, the Federal Communications Commission, is getting on the action, as it toys with the idea of fining AT&T for violating government rules for Internet service. This comes hot-on-the-heels of AT&T's move last week to discredit the FTC's right to take action against it, referring to parts of the FTC Act to back up its opinion. Given the timing, it seems... Read more...
Another day, another security revelation. This time, it comes from researchers in Germany, who've exposed some serious vulnerabilities in the SS7 set of protocols that cellular carriers use to perform many basic functions. At the core, SS7 (or signaling system #7) is used to keep people connected, moving them from tower to tower when necessary, but it's also used for services like call forwarding and SMS.After the NSA's dastardly deeds were exposed last summer by Edward Snowden, Germany has been at the top of its game to keep track of how communications are handled,... Read more...
It seems that the high profit margins AT&T has enjoyed all this time as a mobile carrier hasn't been enough: The company has just been handed a massive fine by the FTC for its part in 'cramming'. Cramming is the act of adding unauthorized charges to a bill; in this case, that happened by way of unsolicited text messages. These messages included anything from horoscopes to love tips, so if you're an AT&T customer and were on the receiving end of these, take note. AT&T's total fine is $105 million; $80 million will go towards paying customers back, $20 million will go towards penalties... Read more...
Many suspected that Sprint would be left for dead years ago, but in 2007, a CEO named Dan Hesse stepped in and made a number of moves that ended up reviving Sprint. While the company never quite thrived the way that its primary rivals did, Sprint embraced 4G (albeit with WiMAX at first), pursued unlimited data, ushered in innovative payment options, and made itself respectable once more. Those moves weren't enough to keep Hesse from being replaced this month, though. After a proposed Sprint merger with T-Mobile fell through (which would've likely seen T-Mobile CEO John Legere take over as CEO),... Read more...
We aren't entirely surprised that most CEOs aren't as outspoken as T-Mobile's CEO, but the more John Legere speaks, the more we wish that he'd give lessons in whatever spare time he has. Facing a media blitz regarding bill cramming -- a practice whereby major carriers shoved "Premium SMS" services into bills from 2009 to 2013 -- Legere has come out in defense of his company. In a raw, unfiltered post on T-Mobile's site, the CEO straight up admits that politics are rubbish at times, and he explains what exactly went on, and is going on, in regard to cramming. Essentially, he admits that the T-Mobile... Read more...
Those rumors of Sprint buying T-Mobile? At first blush, it was easy to brush it off as nothing more than a passing whisper, but now, evidence is beginning to mount. Japanese telecomunications company SoftBank is reportedly looking to close a deal "soon" that would see it purchasing T-Mobile. While SoftBank's roots are in Japan, it already owns a sizable stake of Sprint in the United States. SoftBank would then further its grasp on the U.S. market, and if things go to plan, it looks as if SoftBank will pay upwards of $19 billion for the carrier. The process won't be easy. Regulators already spiked... Read more...
This is one of those stories that seems a little too good to be true, but given the fact that T-Mobile has tried hard to disrupt the business of other US mobile carriers, there is some hope. Over the past year, T-Mobile has rolled-out some interesting features, such as free international data roaming and the ability to upgrade your smartphone earlier, and while those are nice, the next program would take the cake. According to the source, T-Mobile is planning to unveil a program at next month's CES that would allow consumers to switch over to T-Mobile even if they're currently locked into... Read more...
For many, hopping onto an LTE network feels like the future. It's so vastly superior to older 3G networks that the difference in speed is astounding, but as technology goes, good enough never truly is. LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) is already being tested in some parts of the world, making a beeline for developed nations whose mobile data users can't get enough. This week, Telsta (an Australian carrier) and Ericsson (an equipment provider) worked together in order to help a live network approach 300Mbps. And we're talking about a mobile network here, not a wireline network. The feat was accomplished using... Read more...
Earlier this month, T-Mobile drastically shook up the wireless market yet again. In the latest of its almost-too-good-to-be-true moves in a bid to become known as the Uncarrier, the company announced that it would be giving tablet users 200MB of free data per month for life. During the initial start-up process, however, a number of to-be customers were dinged for activations, and questions began to arise. In atypical fashion, T-Mobile has issued a detailed statement that clearly lays out what went wrong, and what you can expect going forward. Bottom line? "Anybody who wants to use a tablet on T-Mobile's... Read more...
A lot of companies in the technology realm make a lot of promises, but few live up to their claims. T-Mobile is not one of those companies. After changing its stance and coming out as the "Uncarrier," T-Mobile has made one groundbreaking move after another. First, by enabling phone swaps every six months in its JUMP program; next, by making international roaming free; and now, it's giving any user who snaps up a T-Mobile tablet free LTE data every single month. Yes, free. For years, tablets sold through carriers have been terrible deals. You usually have to buy an expensive data plan, perhaps even... Read more...
Well, this is... odd. T-Mobile's newly-installed CEO has been quite the character, going off in press events and calling rival carriers all sorts of crazy names. He's off the walls, and in an industry that's as suited as they come, it's quite refreshing. But, strangely enough, he isn't beyond the lawsuit. T-Mobile, which was all set to merge with AT&T just years ago, is now suing the nation's most popular GSM carrier. AT&T recently launched a prepaid brand under the "Aio" label, and according to T-Mobile, it didn't pay up before using T-Mobile's classic "magenta" color. Yes, it has that... Read more...
For many Time Warner Cable subscribers, we're going into yet another weekend where CBS is unavailable. Due to stalled negotiations over subscription rates, TWC and CBS have yet to come to terms on what it'll take to get the network back on-air. So, in order to prevent TWC customers from fleeing elsewhere (particularly as the NFL regular season nears its start), the operator is taking extreme measures: it's handing out free antennas. That's right: with CBS blacked-out via cable services, TWC is hoping that its customers lean on over-the-air network waves to capture signal. Time Warner Cable has... Read more...
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