FCC Asking All Carriers to Explain Throttling Policies
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today indicated the agency has sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile with questions pertaining to their network management policies. The issue bubbled to the surface recently when Verizon announced plans to throttle its heaviest unlimited LTE subscribers. In a letter to Verizon, Wheeler called the policy management criteria "deeply troubling." Verizon responded and claimed its policies do not differ from those of its competitors. Wheeler is not convinced. "'All the kids do it' was never something that worked for me when I was growing up," said Wheeler. "My concern in this instance - and it's not just with Verizon, by the way, we've written to all the carriers - is that it is moving from a technology and engineering issue to the business issues ... such as choosing between different subscribers based on your economic relationship with them." AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have not yet responded publicly to the FCC's query.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Throttling is a Necessary Evil
How carriers get around this is unlimited data but at which speed is not a guarantee.
Even as a self admitted heavy user, I "get it".
Why would you not want to use WiFi where availible over your mobile provider. Even with an "unlimited" plan it saves your battery and is typically faster and more stable.
I am with Sprint and in the past I've used at times over triple digit gigabytes of wireless data in a billing cycle. It's hard on your device and the battery other than "bragging rights" or that feeling you "got one over on the man" it's really anti climatic.
Let's all grow up and use our devices responsibly.
Why is it wrong for Tmobile to throttle
Well, If my friends jumped off a bridge, So did I. It was awesome. Some of us didn't come out alive. The rest of us suffered broken bones and/or permanent memory loss. But,it was a gang thing. We were kids.
Wireless companies throttle their customers so that the families with dopey kids aren't hogging everyone else's bandwidth 24/7 playing Minecraft.