Tag: Wireless Communications

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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With Pens, Paper and Motorcycles, Journalists Chronicle Kashmir Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — Ever since Kashmir’s autonomy was suddenly revoked last week, Raja Mohi-ud-din, an editor at one of the few Kashmiri newspapers still operating, has been starting his days extremely early. At 2 a.m., he jumps on his motorcycle with a hard drive in his pocket and zooms down Srinagar’s back alleys, the roar […]

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How Phones Made the World Your Office, Like It or Not

Misplacing your car keys is worrisome, but it’s nothing like the free-fall panic of losing your phone. Hollywood could make a horror movie about somebody just looking for their iPhone XR and going slowly insane. The telephone began to pervade our lives at the end of the 19th century, and then — as you can […]

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Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses

The airy three-story rental house on the outskirts of Havana would seem to have all the luxury attributes a cosmopolitan tourist might want: elegant appliances, high-end artwork, a rooftop plunge pool and ocean views. Yet it is lacking one critical amenity, an absence that has become a deal breaker for some prospective clients: Wi-Fi. “It’s […]

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Everybody Hates the Key Card. Will Your Phone Replace It?

The demonstration using the cellphone as a digital hotel room key didn’t quite go as planned. The hotel manager held his phone up to the room’s door lock and nothing happened. Realizing his Bluetooth was turned off, he tried again. Now the door’s sensor flashed green, while the phone screen informed him that the door […]

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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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Sprint and T-Mobile Loved to Attack Each Other. Then They Decided to Merge.

With attack ads and needling social-media posts that flew back and forth over the course of a decade, T-Mobile and Sprint seemed to agree on one thing: They did not get along. “You would’ve thought they hated each other,” Jeff Kagan, an independent wireless and telecommunications analyst, said of the third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers […]

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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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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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What Trump’s Huawei Reversal Means for the Future of 5G

In an impromptu question-and-answer session late last month at the White House, President Trump was asked about the nation’s efforts to block Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications company, from doing business in the United States and with our allies around the globe. “Huawei is something that is very dangerous,” Mr. Trump said. Then, almost in the […]

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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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Smile, Your City Is Watching You

Walking through the streets of New York City, you can feel the thrill of being lost in the crowd. As throngs of people filter past, each going about their days, it seems possible to blend in without being noticed. But as municipalities and companies pursue the dream of “smart cities,” creating hyper-connected urban spaces designed […]

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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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With One Move, New York Cuts Sprint and T-Mobile Down to Size

In December 2016, Masayoshi Son, the billionaire owner of Sprint, paid a visit to Trump Tower to meet the president-elect. Afterward, the two announced that Mr. Son had spontaneously decided to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs. There was an unspoken but widely understood quid pro quo. The Trump administration […]

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