Carriers Agree to Send Usage Alerts to Customers
The CTIA Wireless Association and its wireless network operator constituents are announcing a new set of self-imposed guidelines for alerting customers about their data, messaging, voice, and international roaming usage before reaching their monthly limits. The carriers will need to begin offering alerts to two of the four services within 12 months, and the other two within 18 months. According to the CTIA, the carriers will need to make significant updates to their billing systems in order to make the alerts a reality. The move by the CTIA and wireless industry is meant to head off legislation proposed last year by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC lauded the CTIA's new initiative, though it said it will continue to monitor how well the carriers adhere to the new guidelines before shelving its legislation plans indefinitely. Usage alerts gained momentum last year when lawmakers started complaining of "bill shock."
Google's Datally App Helps People Manage Monthly Data
Google today announced Datally, a new app meant to help mobile device owners manage their data usage thanks to fine-tuned controls. To start, the app lets people view their data usage on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
Court Says FCC's Incentive Auction Can Proceed
A federal appeals court today denied broadcasters' bid to derail the FCC's forthcoming reverse auction. The incentive auction, set to take place in mid 2016, will see wireless companies bid for spectrum owned by television broadcasters.
FCC Votes to Improve Text Alert System
The FCC today took action to improve the Wireless Emergency Alert system. Local, state, and federal governments use the system to alert people about impending threats.
Wireless Users May Eventually Receive Government 'Blue Alerts'
The FCC has added a new type of alert to the Emergency Alert System that is specifically meant for law enforcement officers and other first responders. Joining the Amber Alert and Silver Alert, the new Blue Alert can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and request help in apprehending suspects.
FCC Proposes Updates to Emergency Alerts
The FCC wants to see wireless emergency alerts used more effectively and proposed several changes to improve them. Wireless emergency alerts have been used since 2012 to warn people about severe weather or other safety threats, alert them to missing children, and deliver other information via text messages.
the customers actually take responsibility for how they use their phones and are actually held accountable.
Do you know how annoying it is to check your minute usage and text/data usage every day...
"Danger Will Robinson!!"
Please fix prorates too