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US telecoms sold 1.1 million cell records to law enforcement in 2012

US telecoms sold 1.1 million cell records to law enforcement in 2012

The major US telecoms delivered at minimum 1.1 million cell phone records to law enforcement at all levels of government in 2012. The records include voicemail and text content. The telecoms earned $26 million from the transactions. Many of the fulfilled information requests legally required no warrant, no subpoena, and no probable cause. These and other irresistible revelations come compliments of US Sen. Edward Markey, whose voluminous correspondence with the involved telecoms revealed the information. They include US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless/Cricket Communications, MetroPCS, Verizon, AT&T and C Spire Wireless.

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iPad Air & Mini Retina LTE detailed (plus T-Mobile 200MB no-cost option)

iPad Air & Mini Retina LTE detailed (plus T-Mobile 200MB no-cost option)

The iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will each support fourteen LTE bands, the greatest number of any of Apple's 4G-capable devices so far, with carriers like T-Mobile already trying to differentiate themselves from the crowd with the promise of bundled data. The two new tablets, announced this morning, will work with nine carriers' LTE networks in the US, including the big four, though only T-Mobile is offering 200MB of free data for those who choose to slot in the carrier's SIM.

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iPhone most satisfying on AT&T and Verizon says JD Power

iPhone most satisfying on AT&T and Verizon says JD Power

The iPhone is the most satisfying smartphone on AT&T and Verizon, while customers of other carriers are happier with Samsung devices, according to the latest set of JD Power experience surveys. Breaking down the smartphone satisfaction score by each of the four top US carriers for the first time, the new batch of numbers - gathered between February and August this year - indicate Apple's iOS handset is the most rewarding across the two largest networks, though Samsung has made advances since the last survey.

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NSA sued by coalition headed by EFF over US-based telephone surveillance

NSA sued by coalition headed by EFF over US-based telephone surveillance

This week the Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced that they're heading a coalition of groups - 19 in all - in a lawsuit targeting the NSA. The National Security Agency is under the microscope in this suit which suggests the government be obligated to inventory and make public (or at least let it be known what they've got) before they destroy all data collected in what's known as the Associational Tracking Program. This program works with data collected from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

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Three major carriers join “It Can Wait” campaign against texting while driving

Three major carriers join “It Can Wait” campaign against texting while driving

On March 28, we reported on a survey conducted by AT&T, which revealed that just under half of all drivers in the United States admit to texting while driving, despite 98-percent of those individuals reporting that it is dangerous and something they shouldn't do. Likewise, according to that survey, 43-percent of all teenage drivers say they text and drive. Such is the reason AT&T created the "It Can Wait" campaign, which several carriers just joined.

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Dish Network bids $25.5bn for Sprint to bypass Softbank buy

Dish Network bids $25.5bn for Sprint to bypass Softbank buy

Dish Network has thrown in as a Sprint suitor, offering $25.5bn to pick up the ailing CDMA carrier, and frustrate would-be buyer Softbank in the process. The takeover - which Dish chairman Charles Ergen described as "much more compelling than the Softbank transaction," in his opinion, and by the satellite TV provider's own calculations would amount to 13-percent more than the Japanese carrier has offered - would leave Dish able to offer combined home and mobile voice, data, and entertainment services across the US.

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Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

The purchase of a controlling stake in Sprint's business here in the United States has become a bit of a circus when it comes to companies stepping in with complaints here in the spring of 2013. The plan was first tipped back in October of 2012 and confirmed that same month with a 70% stake in Sprint being agreed upon for $20.1 billion dollars, purchased by Japan-based mobile carrier Softbank. Since that announcement, we've seen protests from AT&T, the Dish Network, and now the real deal US Department of Justice - it appears that there are going to be some delays, needless to say.

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