AT&T Accuses Sprint of Ignoring Subpoena Regarding Suit
AT&T says that Sprint has not turned over documents requested by AT&T so it can defend itself against the Justice Department's lawsuit, which seeks to block its acquisition of T-Mobile. The Justice Department sued AT&T on August, and Sprint later joined the lawsuit. In order to defend itself against the DoJ, AT&T requested a range of documents from Sprint that concern its relationships with Nextel, Virgin Mobile, and Clearwire. The documents were subpoenaed in September. "Sprint has not produced a single document," AT&T said in the court filing. "Instead, Sprint contends it is not required to comply with the subpoena." AT&T is asking the judge overseeing the case to force Sprint to hand over the documents in question. Sprint argues that paperwork requested of it by the Department of Justice earlier this year should be sufficient for AT&T's needs.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.
Boost Founder Wants to See Boost/MetroPCS Divested If Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Goes Through
At least one person thinks Sprint and T-Mobile should be required to divest their respective prepaid businesses if they are allowed to merge. Peter Adderton, founder and former CEO of Boost Mobile, firmly believes the market will become less competitive — particularly in the prepaid space — if Sprint and T-Mobile are allowed to merge without any divestitures.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.
Blu Pure View Boasts an 18:9 Screen and Dual Selfie Cams
Blu Products today announced the Pure View, a premium handset that adopts modern design aesthetics and features. The Pure View has a metal frame and ultraviolet battery cover on the rear in midnight black.
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