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Verizon seeks FCC permission for WiFi calling, following AT&T

Verizon seeks FCC permission for WiFi calling, following AT&T

Following all the hubbub early this month about AT&T requesting formal permission from the FCC to offer WiFi calling, and in turn complaining about rivals' doing so without permission, Verizon is now seeking the same from the regulatory agency. A FCC waiver is technically required, as WiFi calling doesn't support TTY (teletypewriter), an aging technology that helps those with hearing impairments, and is enforced by the FCC.

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Comcast tipped to enter wireless market with Verizon service

Comcast tipped to enter wireless market with Verizon service

Comcast, the internet and cable TV giant, is said to be looking into entering the wireless carrier market by reselling Verizon's cellular service. This information comes from a new Bloomberg report, which states that Comcast could soon begin offering mobile and WiFi service, after a 2011 deal with Verizon Wireless allowing the cable company to resell their service. Bloomberg cites anonymous sources on this, but if true it would put Comcast in competition with the US's other mobile carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

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Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

The 2015 version of the Chromecast is just nice enough to want to upgrade from the original and certainly worth the cash for new users. Chromecast is, at its core, a doorway for your smartphone to access your TV. Like its predecessor (also called Chromecast), this device acts as the courier for content from the internet to your living room, allowing your smartphone (or tablet, or laptop) to act as the controller and the explorer. This version of the Chromecast is faster than the original and a bit more versatile as it works with a cord now instead of just a dongle.

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AT&T begins rolling out WiFi calling feature

AT&T begins rolling out WiFi calling feature

Well, it turns out it's not taking long at all for AT&T to start taking advantage of its just-received FCC waiver. The carrier seems to have begun activating its WiFi calling feature for customers with eligible plans. While most of the reports of successful activations seem to be coming from iPhone users running iOS 9, it appears to be somewhat random in terms of location within the country. One user from Utah, for example, was able to turn on WiFi calling, but others in New York haven't yet.

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FCC waiver granted to AT&T for WiFi calling

FCC waiver granted to AT&T for WiFi calling

Following AT&T's letter to the FCC last week essentially tattling on rivals T-Mobile and Sprint for offering WiFi calling without actual permission, the carrier has announced that it was finally granted its waiver from the government organization, and can also launch its own WiFi calling in the right and clear. According to the FCC's rules, a waiver is required in order offer WiFi calling, as the feature does not support teletypewriter (TTY) for those with hearing impairments, something else the FCC enforces.

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AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

Apple's iOS 9 and new iPhones now have support for WiFi calling, a feature that lets users place voice calls over a WiFi connection instead of using cellular. US carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have already launched the feature on their networks, but some are wondering why AT&T hasn't when it was expected to debut with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Well, as AT&T is putting it, their rivals have implemented WiFi calling without the approval of the FCC.

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Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Streaming media giant Netflix and airline Virgin America have just announced they're partnering for a new promotion that brings high-speed WiFi, and the subsequent binge-watching, to the skies. Starting this week and until March 2nd, 2016, Netflix subscribers will have access to free WiFi on Virgin America flights with ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircrafts, allowing them to watch the video service's entire catalog from 35,000 feet.

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TUMI and AT&T announce luggage tracking device

TUMI and AT&T announce luggage tracking device

TUMI has teamed up with AT&T and the group called LugTrack to launch the TUMI Global Locator for luggage. The folks at TUMI make their living from providing consumers with high quality bags of all sorts - this device would make certain that luggage owners know where their luggage is at all times. The TUMI Global Locator is a wireless tracking device you place in your luggage when you're going on a long flight and cannot do without whatever you've packed along.

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AT&T caught injecting extra ads on airport WiFi hotspot

AT&T caught injecting extra ads on airport WiFi hotspot

It seems AT&T may be tampering with mobile users' internet traffic for their own benefit on their "free" public WiFi hotspots. The company's hotspot at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia was found to be using ad-injecting code to deliver more advertisements to users while they browse the web. Stanford lawyer and computer scientist Jonathan Mayer made the discovery, detailing the tactic on his blog Web Policy.

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