The Federal Communications Commission reportedly will grant approval for the multibillion-dollar merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. This is one of the last hurdles before the third- and fourth-largest U.S. carriers can blend into a single entity almost as large as AT&T and Verizon.
Feds will retest iPhones for excessive radio-frequency radiation
An independent lab claims that the iPhone 7 emits more radio-frequency radiation that is allowed by the FCC. And the iPhone X skirts the line.
The tests, done at the behest of the Chicago Tribune, have reportedly caused the FCC to examine whether these and other cell phones meet its safety guidelines. That doesn’t make them a cancer risk, though.
AT&T and T-Mobile join forces to fight robocalls and scammers
AT&T and T-Mobile today confirmed an unlikely partnership for a wonderful cause. The rival carriers are joining forces to fight robocalls and scammers.
Both will deliver the FCC-recommended STIR/SHAKEN standards to digitally validate calls across their networks. It will make it easier for customers to filter out unwanted calls.
Apple lobbying for new ‘very low power’ Wi-Fi tech
Apple joined forces with a number of other tech companies to lobby the Federal Communications Commission for a new Wi-Fi band.
The proposed 6 GHz band would open up new types of short-range connectivity for portable Very Low Power (VLP) devices. It could prove useful for everything from mobile augmented reality devices to high-speed tethering with smartphones, laptops and tablets.
Phantom MacBook appears briefly in FCC database
5The FCC just signed off on an Apple laptop that hasn’t been announced yet. This could be the 16-inch MacBook Pro that’s been the subject of recent rumors. Or it might be just a speed-bumbled version of an earlier model.
Sprint and T-Mobile merger takes giant step toward approval [Updated]
Your iPhone may soon have one less option for wireless service. The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has signed off on the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. This is a significant step toward the third and fourth largest U.S. carriers becoming one.
Update: An unconfirmed report indicates that the Justice Department might nix this merger.
U.S. carriers are no longer sharing customer location data
U.S. carriers have (mostly) put an end to the practice of selling customer location data to third-parties, a new report reveals.
This dodgy practice was previously carried out by giants including T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. They passed on this data to middlemen, which then sold the information to other companies without getting the necessary permission from users.
FCC bans China Mobile from US
China Mobile is blocked from offering phone service in the United States. The Federal Communications Commission just unanimously voted to prevent this company, which is owned by the Chinese government, from expanding to the U.S.
FCC tries to confirm carriers stopped selling phone location data
The CEOs of the big four US wireless carriers were asked by an FCC commissioner whether they’ve stopped selling their customers’ real-time location data, as they had promised to do.
Published reports in recent months indicated that the locations of Americans were being sold without their permission of even knowledge.
FCC wants to ban China Mobile from US
The largest mobile phone network operator in the world will likely be banned from doing business in the USA.
China Mobile, which has over 900 million subscribers in mainland China, has been blocked from offering services in the United States, according to the latest proposal by the Federal Communications Commission.