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Apple, Samsung in talks to help create standardized e-SIM card

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

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When Apple and Samsung aren’t actively suing each other, they can get some killer stuff done.

This may be what they’re trying to do, as the firms are reportedly in “advanced talks” with telecom operators from all over the world to launch new electronic SIM cards. These e-SIM cards would be standardized among both smartphone makers and come embedded in their devices, creating a “common architecture.” Unlike physical SIM cards, e-SIM cards offer more flexibility to users. Instead of being locked into a cellular plan, you will be able to sign up to a new plan or switch plans instantly.

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FCC announces plan to block robocalls, spam text messages

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Date: Friday, June 19th, 2015, 08:26
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Maybe the FCC can help put an end to robocalls and spam text messages.

In recent days, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is working on a new rule that would allow consumers to block robocalls and automated text messages if requested. The move clarifies the agency’s interpretation of a 1991 consumer protection law that banned telemarketers from making cold calls to consumers. Companies have skirted that ban by using automated dialing machines, prerecorded calls and text messages. The new rule makes it clear that texts are the same as phone calls, and that phone carriers may block robocalls to consumers if asked.

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AT&T found guilty of data throttling, lack of transparency, issued $100 million fine

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Maybe this is the slap on the wrist that AT&T needs to deliver what it offers.

Following up on thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, the FCC has issued wireless carrier AT&T a US$100 million fine for throttling data speeds. AT&T was found to have violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule with the two violations as follows:

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Verizon Wireless, Sprint to pay $158 million in settlement fees for overcharging practices

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Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 07:33
Category: News, Uncategorized, wireless

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You might want to check your Verizon Wireless or Sprint bill to make sure it’s accurate.

Or at least look into the class action lawsuit against the carriers to see if you qualify for part of the settlement.

Wireless carriers Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined total of US$158 million to settle billing complain charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission.

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T-Mobile responds to Verizon campaign, offers improved incentives in try-out and switch deal

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Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, 07:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized, wireless

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It’s competition that makes life interesting.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is responding to Verizon’s “Never Settle” ad campaign, which offers to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of US$650.

T-Mobile is also offering to settle any outstanding payments on your phone within the US$650 limit when customers go with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

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Verizon allows for partial removal of UIDH “perma-cookie”, leaves some elements behind

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Date: Monday, February 2nd, 2015, 08:42
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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This is the kind of thing that makes you wish your wireless carrier was humanoid, anthropomorphic and had a face you could punch at your leisure.

Despite criticisms and public outcry, Verizon isn’t giving up on its UIDH “perma-cookie” advertising program—but the company will give subscribers a larger say in the matter. Verizon customers will soon have the ability to opt-out of the UIDH program.

“We have begun working to expand the opt-out to include the identifier referred to as the UIDH, and expect that to be available soon,” a Verizon spokesperson said via email. The company did not provide a specific date for when the opt-out program would be available.

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Some users experiencing Wi-Fi-related issues after OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 08:31
Category: iOS, News, Software, wireless, Yosemite

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If you’re slamming your head against a nearby object about your Wi-Fi performance after the OS X 10.10.2 and/or iOS 8.1.3 updates, you’re not alone.

Per Macworld, a second OS X 10.10 update, labeled 10.10.2, was publicly released Tuesday. Leading off the improvements offered in the update was “resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,” according to the release notes.

Despite this claim, Apple’s support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users who upgraded to 10.10.2 and still had weak or nonexistent Wi-Fi connections and trouble using Wi-Fi with Bluetooth-enabled devices.

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T-Mobile launches “Un-carrier 8.0″, data stash feature promotion

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Date: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 11:32
Category: News, wireless

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It might not be the most ground breaking promotion to ever exist, but it could come in handy.

Per 9to5Mac, wireless carrier T-Mobile announced its latest Un-carrier initiative on Monday with a new “Data Stash” feature that allows customers to bank unused data and carry it over month-to-month for up to a year.

The carrier is also offering 10 GB free for new and qualifying customers to kick things off, but it notes that the “data does not begin carrying over until after free 10GB runs out.” The free 10GB promotion will last until 12/31/15.

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T-Mobile offers cheaper family plans, other deals in promotional efforts to win marketshare

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Date: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 14:23
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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The wireless carrier price wars continue.

And maybe you can use it to your advantage.

Per Macworld, T-Mobile is rolling out yet another limited-time offer on wireless service, this time bringing the cost of unlimited data way down for families.

The carrier is now charging US$100 per month for two lines with unlimited 4G LTE data, down from a regular price of US$140 per month. Additional lines cost US$40 per month—same as before—and subscribers can have up to 10 total lines at this price.

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Sprint launches new promotion, offers to halve the wireless bills of customers switching from AT&T and Verizon

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Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 09:20
Category: News, retail, wireless

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Sometimes competition is a good thing.

Per Re/code, Sprint unveiled an aggressive new price promotion Tuesday that it claims will halve the bills of customers who defect from AT&T and Verizon in the latest salvo of an increasingly bitter price war.

Under the terms of the deal, which kicks off Friday, a customer can bring a current AT&T or Verizon bill to a Sprint store and store representatives will set up a new plan that is half of the service portion of that bill (the cost of calls, texting and data). In addition to that service cost, though, customers have to buy an unsubsidized device, either up front, through installments or using one of Sprint’s new leasing plans.

Sprint will also pay up to US$350 in early termination fees or remaining device-installment payments, though customers must turn in their existing devices.

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