December 13, 2013 |
It took new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler just a few weeks to persuade the major U.S. mobile phone companies to make it easier for customers to move their phones and tablet computers to a rival carrier's network. But the new industry principles announced Thursday by CTIA, the wireless companies' trade association, don't give consumers all the rights they should have over the devices they buy. At issue is consumers' ability to "unlock" a phone or tablet from the network it is electronically bound to. Many (but not all)
September 23, 2013 |
Apple this weekend shattered its record for iPhone sales, but customers looking for the iPhone 5c are in luck: There are still plenty of devices available for purchase. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech company announced Monday morning that it sold more than 9 million new iPhones around the world, breaking the mark it set last year and blowing past the expectations of many analysts. Sure enough, all those sales led to some units selling out. The gold version of the iPhone 5s, for example, quickly sold out at various locations across the country early Friday morning, and since then, all versions of the iPhone 5s have been harder to find.
August 7, 2013 |
London Mayor Boris Johnson is the latest politician to back a group that's pressuring tech companies to design smartphones that become useless if they fall into the wrong hands. Prosecutors from San Francisco and New York state will now be joined by Johnson in spearheading the effort. London law enforcement authorities say they have made a dent in smartphone theft in recent months because of some big crackdowns and extra patrols in theft-prone areas. But British media reports say several thousand thefts are still being reported each month in London.
June 26, 2013 |
Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Corp. got shareholder approval for its mammoth takeover of Sprint Nextel Corp., giving America's No. 3 wireless carrier ammunition to take on industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T. The $21.6-billion deal for a majority stake in Sprint is expected to enable the company to speed up the rollout of its high-speed 4G LTE service in new markets around the country. That should help it attract new customers, analysts said. "This is exactly what Sprint needs," said Jeff Kagan, a technology industry analyst.
May 14, 2013 |
The country's largest wireless carriers have joined together for a national advertising campaign to discourage mobile users from texting while driving. AT&T announced that competitors Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile and more than 200 other organizations have joined its "It Can Wait" campaign. The effort will focus on the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which have been called the 100 deadliest days on the roads for teen drivers. The campaign kicks off Monday, with the four wireless carriers bringing a multimillion-dollar co-branded advertising blitz to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.
May 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - WhatsApp is one of Silicon Valley's most buzzed-about companies, yet it actively avoids the spotlight, operating out of a small office in Mountain View, Calif., with no sign on the building entrance or on the office door. Unlike most start-ups eager for media attention, WhatsApp Inc. says it doesn't want or need it. Its popular mobile messaging app has spread so quickly by word of mouth that in just four years it has amassed hundreds of millions of users who collectively send as many as 18 billion messages a day. WhatsApp belongs to a new generation of messaging services that are revolutionizing 20-year-old text messaging technology and escalating the mobile messaging wars.