Tag: Cellular Telephones

Hackers Hit Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey in a ‘SIM Swap.’ You’re at Risk, Too.

SAN FRANCISCO — When hackers took over the Twitter account of Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, last week, they used an increasingly common and hard-to-stop technique that can give them complete access to a wide array of the most sensitive digital accounts, including social media, email and financial accounts. Called SIM swapping, it allows hackers […]

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A Million Refugees May Soon Lose Their Line to the Outside World

BANGKOK — About one million Rohingya Muslims in camps in Bangladesh could soon lose a vital connection to the outside world if the government moves forward with a threat to suspend cell service to the world’s largest refugee settlement. Citing “state security” and “public safety,” the Bangladeshi telecommunications minister ordered a halt this week to […]

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Major Phone Service Providers Agree to Plan to Slow Robocallers

Hoping to fight a growing plague of robocalls, a dozen phone companies including the country’s biggest mobile and broadband providers agreed on Thursday to adopt new call-blocking technology and other measures to help regulators track down swindlers. As part of a pact with 51 attorneys general from across the country, the companies said they would […]

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Flaws in Cellphone Evidence Prompt Review of 10,000 Verdicts in Denmark

COPENHAGEN — The authorities in Denmark say they plan to review over 10,000 court verdicts because of errors in cellphone tracking data offered as evidence. The country’s director of public prosecutions on Monday also ordered a two-month halt in prosecutors’ use of cellphone data in criminal cases while the flaws and their potential consequences are […]

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A Bad Deal for Mobile Phone Customers

The Justice Department apparently thinks that Americans will benefit from competition among at least four major mobile phone companies. That is the clear logic of its decision on Friday to bless the marriage of T-Mobile and Sprint, two of the four existing mobile phone giants, on the condition that they clear the way for the […]

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T-Mobile and Sprint Are Merging. What Does That Mean for You?

It’s finally happening: T-Mobile and Sprint, the No. 3 and No. 4 American phone carriers, are uniting. The carriers, which trail AT&T and Verizon in size, have been angling to combine for a long time. On Friday, the Department of Justice approved the deal, after the Federal Communications Commission had also signaled that the union […]

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A Guide to Picking the Right Phone Plan

It’s phone season! That’s when companies like Samsung, Apple and Google begin releasing new mobile devices. The phone makers all get busy doing so in about a month — which means it is also time to think about whether you need a new phone plan. Buying a new phone is an ideal time to consider […]

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New York to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge. That practice, which has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism in recent years, is now the subject of […]

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The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t

In 2000, the Broward County Public Schools in Florida received an alarming report. Like many affluent school districts at the time, Broward was considering laptops and wireless networks for its classrooms and 250,000 students. Were there any health risks to worry about? The district asked Bill P. Curry, a consultant and physicist, to study the […]

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The Land Where the Internet Ends

GREEN BANK, W.Va. — A few weeks ago, I drove down a back road in West Virginia and into a parallel reality. Sometime after I passed Spruce Mountain, my phone lost service — and I knew it would remain comatose for the next few days. When I spun the dial on the car radio, static […]

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Anti-Robocall Bill Gets Bipartisan Backing

Besieged by nearly five billion unwanted automated calls from telemarketers and scammers last month, Americans are poised to get relief from robocalls under a bipartisan compromise bill introduced in the House on Thursday. The measure would require phone carriers to offer screening technology to identify and block spam calls at no additional cost to customers […]

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Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Approval, Said to Be Near, Could Undercut Challenge by States

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is moving closer to approving T-Mobile’s $26 billion merger with Sprint, but only if the companies sell multiple assets to create a new wireless competitor, according to three people familiar with the plan. If such an arrangement is approved, it could weaken an effort by attorneys general from nine states […]

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Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Faces New Hurdle With Lawsuit by States

A group of attorneys general from 10 states filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday in a bid to block a proposed merger between the wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a $26 billion deal that has yet to receive the Justice Department’s approval. The lawsuit, led by Letitia James of New York and Xavier Becerra of […]

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Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Faces New Hurdle With Possible Lawsuit by States

A group of state attorneys general plan to file a federal lawsuit on Tuesday in a bid to block a proposed merger between the wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a $26 billion deal that has yet to receive the Justice Department’s approval. The lawsuit, led by Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, contends that competition […]

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Bigger Isn’t Better for T-Mobile

For years, T-Mobile’s chief executive, John Legere, has gleefully bad-mouthed his much larger mobile phone competitors, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, for their high prices and profit margins, and their low-quality service. Decked out in magenta sneakers and T-shirts, sporting long hair like an aging rocker, Mr. Legere promoted T-Mobile and himself to his 6.2 million […]

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