Tag: Telephones and Telecommunications

Phone Service Problems Leave More Than a Dozen Hospitals Unable to Take Calls

More than a dozen hospitals in and around New York City lost phone service on Friday night, hampering their ability to answer the incoming calls of relatives who were seeking to speak with patients or check on their status. Hospital officials said that there was no danger to patients and that they were making contingency […]

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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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T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Approved by Justice Dept., Clearing Major Hurdle

The Justice Department on Friday approved the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, the third- and fourth-largest wireless companies in the United States, moving the deal one crucial step closer to completion years after the two carriers first explored joining forces. Under the terms of the deal, T-Mobile, the larger of the two companies, would pay […]

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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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‘Friends’ to Leave Netflix for HBO Max, AT&T’s New Streaming Service

After AT&T spent over $80 billion to acquire Time Warner in part to take on Netflix, the phone giant’s new streaming service finally has a name: HBO Max. The company also announced it will debut next spring and will offer 10,000 hours of content, including exclusive access to the hit show “Friends.” What will be […]

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The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?

RATHEDAUNG, Myanmar — The security forces, with their geriatric rifles, formed a wary patrol, scanning the forested hills where members of an ethnic insurgency roam. A crater on the pitted road attested to the rebels’ skill at fashioning explosive devices. Rakhine State, a ribbon of marsh and mountain on the western coast of Myanmar, is […]

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A Comprehensive Guide to Taking Your Smartphone Abroad for Cheap

Don’t even think about leaving your smartphone at home this summer if you are traveling to a foreign country. As much as we despise our attachment to our phones, we can’t deny it is an indispensable travel companion that solves many problems, from showing us maps when we get lost to displaying restaurant recommendations when […]

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Huawei Is Said to Demand Patent Fees From Verizon

President Trump’s dispute with China has landed on the doorstep of Verizon, with Huawei demanding that the American wireless giant pay licensing fees on hundreds of patents, according to two people briefed on the matter. Huawei, one of China’s largest technology companies and the world’s biggest supplier of networking equipment, accused Verizon in a letter […]

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Delay in Huawei Ban Is Sought by White House Budget Office

WASHINGTON — The acting budget chief for the White House has called for a two-year delay of part of a federal measure that is aimed at Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom giant. The measure targeting Huawei was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for the current fiscal year and bars government agencies from contracting […]

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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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Trump Wants to Wall Off Huawei, but the Digital World Bridles at Barriers

President Trump has finally succeeded in building his wall: not the one he keeps demanding on the southwestern border, but a far more complex barrier meant to block China’s national telecommunications champion, Huawei, from operating in the United States and starve it of American technology as it builds networks around the globe. After a flurry […]

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