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Google stops GPS data sharing with carriers UPDATE

Google stops GPS data sharing with carriers UPDATE

The global network carrier service from Google called "Mobile Network Insights" is no more. This is according to a report from Reuters where Google spokeswoman Victoria Keough confirmed the move. Exact reasoning has not been shared - but anonymous sources suggest that the program was closed in April "due to concerns about data privacy."

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Tiny Palm phone gets equally tiny $5 plan

Tiny Palm phone gets equally tiny $5 plan

As of today, the teeny tiny Palm smartphone can be purchased unlocked for use on most networks in the US. We knew this day was coming, as Palm opened up orders for the phone back in June. With this launch of the unlocked Palm, however, one US carrier has announced a low-cost plan to go along with it, apparently in the hopes of selling people on the idea of using the Palm as a secondary phone.

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AT&T and T-Mobile just switched on cross-network robocall verification

AT&T and T-Mobile just switched on cross-network robocall verification

Regardless of your cell network of choice, spam calls are a universal nuisance, and now AT&T and T-Mobile are working together on anti-robocall tech that brings subscribers another step closer to full call verification. The implementation of SHAKEN/STIR caller authentication is only the first time that the technology has been extended across US cellphone networks.

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Spotify and AT&T team to challenge Verizon and Apple Music

Spotify and AT&T team to challenge Verizon and Apple Music

Last week, Verizon announced a collection of new unlimited plans. Though the four new unlimited plans differ in what they offer, all of them have a subscription to Apple Music tossed in as one of the perks. AT&T just answered that by announcing that it will offer Spotify Premium subscriptions to its unlimited customers, though it sounds like not everyone will qualify for an ongoing subscription to the service.

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Verizon’s Unlimited plans just got messier

Verizon’s Unlimited plans just got messier

Verizon has decided to update its lineup of unlimited plans, and it's making things more complicated in the process. Whereas before Verizon had three different unlimited plans to choose from, there are now four (along with a "Just Kids" plan you can tack on to any unlimited plan). What you get ultimately varies from plan to plan, and Verzion says that you can mix and match these on a line-by-line basis so that everyone has a plan that fits their usage habits.

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Here are the phone carrier locking rules agreed to by DISH, T-Mobile, and Sprint

Here are the phone carrier locking rules agreed to by DISH, T-Mobile, and Sprint

Documentation agreed to by the Department of Justice, T-Mobile, Sprint, and DISH, dictate that new carrier locking policies are now on the books. Before you go any further, note that these agreements were not made by AT&T, Verizon, or any other carrier other than the three carriers mentioned in the first sentence of this article. In the court documents viewed by SlashGear today, locking principals agreed to by these parties apply to "all methods of locking, (including any limitation on the use of an eSIM to switch between profiles*) for any postpaid or prepaid mobile wireless device that they lock to their network."

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DISH as Wireless Carrier: What’s that mean for me and 5G?

DISH as Wireless Carrier: What’s that mean for me and 5G?

Today DISH stood to gain in a BIG way thanks to the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile USA approved by the United States Department of Justice. T-Mobile USA and Sprint will become one carrier, but they'll need to divest control of a whole lot of STUFF to DISH in order to make that merger possible. DISH will effectively become a "national facilities-based wireless carrier," and will deploy the "Nation's First Standalone 5G Broadband Network."

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T-Mobile Sprint merger just approved by DOJ

T-Mobile Sprint merger just approved by DOJ

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) just approved the merging of the companies T-Mobile USA and Sprint, with a set of requirements. The requirements include - primarily - a "package of divestitures to Dish." In divesting with DISH, DISH will (according to DOJ) be able to enter the USA as the Forth Nationwide Facilities-Based Wireless Competitor.

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T-Mobile Sprint merger might mean Boost goes to DISH

T-Mobile Sprint merger might mean Boost goes to DISH

Sprint and T-Mobile, in case you haven't heard the news, are two companies that really want to merge. Regulators with the US Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, however, are apprehensive about letting the deal go through because it would effectively leave the market with just three major carriers instead of four. In order to sway the opinions of regulators, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to sell off some assets, namely Boost Mobile, which is a prepaid carrier owned by Sprint.

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Amazon interest in Boost Mobile could save Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Amazon interest in Boost Mobile could save Sprint, T-Mobile merger

The marriage of T-Mobile and Sprint has been years in the making and, depending on who you ask, it's either happening soon or not at all. The merger of the two carriers has been swaying this way and that but the latest rumors suggest that there is just one hurdle left and it's a big one: convincing the US Department of Justice. Fortunately for the carriers, help seems to be on the way but from the most unlikely of sources: Amazon.

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Sprint mobile 5G rolls out in first four cities today

Sprint mobile 5G rolls out in first four cities today

It was a just a couple of weeks ago that Sprint delivered release dates for its first 5G devices: the LG V50 ThinQ 5G and the HTC 5G Hub. When it announced those release dates, it still didn't have a launch date lined up for its 5G network, but all changed today. Sprint is flipping the switch on its 5G network today, just one day before those first two devices are slated to launch.

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FCC will vote in June to authorize default robocall blocking

FCC will vote in June to authorize default robocall blocking

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has detailed its plan to tackle robocalls, a growing issue that has prompted Americans to send the Commission hundreds of complaints every single day. According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency will vote on 'much-need relief' on June 6 during a monthly meeting. This vote will potentially open the door for a new rule that would allow wireless carriers to block robocalls by default.

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