Verizon Wireless Waiving Fees for Calls/Texts to Japan
Verizon Wireless confirmed to Phone Scoop this morning via email that it, too, will offer free calling and texting services to Japan through April 10 so that its customers can reach out to loved ones who may have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11. Verizon also noted that its wireline customers can make free calls to Japan. Phone Scoop has reached out to Sprint, T-Mobile, Cricket and MetroPCS to see if they will also be offering free calling/texting services to Japan, but none have yet responded or announced programs of their own.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
U.S. Carriers Creating Stronger Tool to Verify Customer ID
All four major carriers in the U.S., AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, are building a "multi-factor authentication" method that will rely on peoples' cell phones to gain account access. The system, which has been in development since last September, is expected to launch before the end of the year.
ZTE Says Intel Chiefs' Fears Unfounded, Its Phones No Threat
ZTE says American consumers have no reason to fear its cell phones. The company issued a statement after the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA and other intelligence groups suggested that Americans should not purchase phones made by ZTE and Huawei.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
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