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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.
The plan, dubbed Edge, will be introduced Aug. 25, and allows the buyer to spread the full retail price of the phone, without subsidies, over 24 months. A buyer who has paid off 50 percent of the cost of the phone can upgrade to a new phone after six months.
With AT&T's data speeds on a tear, Verizon Wireless is playing catch-up, trying to manage its congested 2 1/2-year-old network, while working to get a new faster network online. A recent speed-test rating is a reversal for the two top wireless carriers.
Which mobile carrier has the fastest 4G network? PC Magazine's test found that AT&T edged out competitors. Read more about the test findings.
AT&T and T-Mobile US say the International Trade Commission's decision to ban versions of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 as part of Apple's patent suit with Samsung Electronics Co. will have little effect on sales.
The first keyboard-equipped BlackBerry sporting the company's radically new operating system is hitting U.S. stores this week with three major carriers taking orders.
Verizon Communications, the second-largest U.S. phone company, reported first-quarter profit that beat estimates after attracting more wireless customers and getting them to sign up for lucrative data contracts.