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Goo receives FAA clearance for 70Mbps in-flight technology, hopes to deploy units later this year

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Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 08:53
Category: News, wireless

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You’re about to get faster Wi-Fi on hundreds of additional flights.

The FAA has approved in-flight broadband provider GoGo’s 2Ku technology, allowing for in-flight data speeds up to 70Mbps. GoGo is hoping to launch the service this year.

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, opening the door for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company is hoping to launch commercial services this year.

This was the final hurdle to be cleared before Gogo could launch tech technology.

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Sprint launches iPhone Forever offer in response to T-Mobile promotion, offers immediate iPhone 6s access upon release

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Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 08:45
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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If your competitor does it, it’s usually a good idea to do something similar.

Wireless carrier Sprint has announced that it will follow T-Mobile’s lead and offer customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s upon its release. The deal, dubbed “iPhone Forever”, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

The plan will retail for US$22 a month for the 16GB model.

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Rumor: German wireless carriers back September 18th for next-gen iPhone release date

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Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 08:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, wireless

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Sometimes it’s the German wireless carriers that give away the details you want to hear.

A group of German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple’s next-gen iPhone on September 18th, a date in line with a rumored press event earlier in the month.

At least two out of three major German carriers have apparently signed on for September 18th. The carriers are thought to be at least two out of three, the German market being controlled by O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile DE (owned by Deutsche Telekom). All three will likely be ready on the same day, since they already carry the iPhone 6.

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Apple denies MVNO rumor, defuses idea of company becoming cellular carrier for U.S., European markets

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Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, 09:07
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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It was an interesting rumor while it lasted, but Apple appears to have nipped it in the bud.

Apple on Tuesday directly addressed and denied a recent rumor that Apple was looking to launch its own MVNO service in the U.S. and Europe, thereby becoming its own cellular carrier further down the line.

The rumor stated that Apple would lease space from existing network carriers and build SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such feature being built by the company.

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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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