FTC Sets Investigative Sights on Carrier IQ
The Federal Trade Commission has decided to investigate allegations that software company Carrier IQ logged user activity without their knowledge or consent and shared that information with wireless network operators, reports the Washington Post. Citing anonymous government officials, the Post says the FTC is looking to see if Carrier IQ violated consumer privacy laws. Carrier IQ confirmed that its senior executives have met with government officials over the matter, which exploded several weeks ago when Carrier IQ's software was discovered by a researcher logging keystrokes. Carrier IQ denies that its software logs keystrokes or monitors text messages. The software is used in handsets sold by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA, but not Verizon Wireless. Carrier IQ has since contradicted the Washington Post's story, claiming that it met with the FTC and FCC voluntarily to discuss the issue.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
AT&T Can't Use 'Common Carrier' Label to Escape FTC Suit
A federal judge squashed AT&T's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by the FTC. The FTC sued AT&T in October over throttling policies for "unlimited data" customers.
AT&T Says VoLTE Available to 295 Million Americans
AT&T today said it has reached a new milestone in expanding VoLTE service. As 2015 comes to a close, VoLTE is available to a footprint covering some 295 million POPs, says AT&T, and the service has won over 27 million active users.
Sprint Agrees to Settle FTC Charges for $2.95M
Sprint will pay the Federal Trade Commission a fine of $2.95 million for failing to properly disclose extra monthly fees billed to customers with lower credit scores. Between November 2013 and June 2014, Sprint enrolled customers with inferior credit scores in the Account Spending Limit (ASL) program — and added a $7.99 monthly fee on top of their standard service charges.
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What about all the other smaller/local carriers too?