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A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.
Verizon Wireless ranked highest among its peers in four out of five categories in a national study by RootMetrics.com that measured network performance. In a six-month review of reliability, speed, call quality, data and text messaging, Verizon Wireless's score was 89.7 out of 100 and AT&T Inc.'s was 86.2.
Verizon Wireless, bowing to competitive pressure from T-Mobile US and AT&T, will double monthly data allowances for some customers and include international text messaging under existing plans. The changes were announced Thursday.
The Broadband Report: On the heels of the president's progress report on ConnectED last week, a majority of American adults rated the current state of technology in U.S. public schools with a mediocre C grade or worse. According to a new poll from the LEAD Commission, voters support the implementation of better access to high-speed Internet in classrooms to help improve that grade.
President Obama has secured commitments from U.S. companies worth about $750 million to get more students connected to high-speed Internet. AT&T, Sprint, Apple and Microsoft are among the companies pitching in.
AT&T, the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier is introducing service plans aimed at families that use lots of data, cutting $40 a month from premium users' bills. Under the new offer, families with four smartphones can pay $160 a month for 10-gigabits of shared data, unlimited calling and text messaging.
The FCC will let telephone companies led by AT&T. conduct trials of digital services, in a step toward loosening rules written for copper-wire networks in the fast-fiber age. While AT&T hailed the decision, the Open Technology Institute says much work needs to be done in reshaping phone networks and ensuring quality service at affordable rates.
Verizon Communications, the second-largest U.S. phone company behind AT&T, reported fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as customers' wireless bills increased even as competition intensified.
As it fights to reclaim the power to require equal treatment of Internet traffic, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has two paths in a regulatory battle pitting phone carriers against Web companies: Seek new legislation or look at "Ma Bell" monopoly phone regulation as in the days of the breakup for AT&T.
Verizon Communications's victory in an appeals court challenge to U.S. equal treatment rules for the Internet could leave companies such as Netflix and Amazon.com facing higher charges for the fastest service.
Higher Internet charges coming? Verizon Communications wins its challenge to U.S. open-Internet regulations as an appeals court ruled against the Federal Communications Commission, saying the agency's restrictions have no basis in federal law.
T-Mobile US Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Legere, a self-styled rebel of the wireless industry who was thrown out of an AT&T party this week, took the stage Wednesday to back up his bluster with results and offer to pay customers to switch networks - a response to a similar offer for AT&T.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, other communications providers and tech firms need to join Google, Facebook and others in calling for changes in US, other governments' spying on Internet and telecommunications users. New disclosures such as a report today about spying on virtual worlds and online gamers makes this issue even more crucial to our use of the Internet today and in the future.
Reports of carriers blocking a proposed "kill switch" that would allow stolen phones to be disabled are "highly disturbing," say the attorney general for New York and the district attorney for San Francisco.
"It is now time for the industry to act voluntarily or for the FCC to regulate," Tom Wheeler, the Democratic chairman of the agency, said in a letter to Steve Largent, president of CTIA-The Wireless Association. Wheeler proposed having a policy in place "before the December holiday season."
Called "Sprint Spark," the new network offers speeds up to 2 gigabits per second. That's much faster than Long Term Evolution technology, which is deployed by other wireless carriers.
The second-largest U.S. wireless carrier agreed earlier this year to buy spectrum and subscribers from Atlantic Tele-Network Inc., or Alltel as it is known, in a cash deal, bolstering the company's network and bringing in 620,000 new customers. Of those, 100,000 are in North Carolina.
T-Mobile US Inc., AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, touting their new installment-plan approach to mobile-phone pricing, will offer Apple's iPhone 5C without an initial down payment.