Carrier IQ Pegs Handset Makers for Insecure Logs
Carrier IQ insists that its software is secure, and that the only reason insecure user log files are being stored as plain text on devices with Carrier IQ installed is due to modifications made by handset manufacturers. Speaking to The Verge, Carrier IQ's Vice President of Marketing, Andrew Coward, explained that Carrier IQ doesn't have access to the information that's being collected by wireless network operators and handset makers. Carrier IQ created an API that lets handset makers communicate with Carrier IQ's software. The carrier is the party responsible for collecting and storing the user information before it is handed off to Carrier IQ's software. Carrier IQ admitted that it does monitor user behavior and create its own log files, but that these files are encrypted and inaccessible by anyone other than Carrier IQ. The company has come under fire recently for alleged privacy violations on Android and other smartphones. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile admitted that they use Carrier IQ's software for network management purposes, but Verizon Wireless does not.
State AGs Join Justice Department in Assessing Sprint/T-Mobile Impact On MVNOs
Jun 28, 2018
The Attorney General's office from New York is investigating if and how T-Mobile's proposed merger with Sprint might impact the MVNO and prepaid markets. Sprint and T-Mobile separately serve the prepaid space via their own Boost Mobile and MetroPCS brands, respectively, as well as MVNOs, such as Google-run Project Fi.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Jun 19, 2018
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.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Jun 19, 2018
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.
Vivo Launches All-Screen NEX Phone Outside China
Jul 9, 2018
Vivo today announced that its all-screen NEX flagship phone will be launching this month in Russia, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, making it available in the global unlocked market. The international model supports LTE bands 2/4/5/12/25/26/41, meaning basic support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks, as well as full support for the CDMA and LTE bands used by Sprint.