FTC Sets Investigative Sights on Carrier IQ
Updated: added reference to Carrier IQ's denial
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.
Aug 7, 2019
Samsung today announced the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+. The company's super-flagship Note series for 2019 comes in two sizes: The Note10 packs a screen similar to the Note9 into a smaller body, while the Note10+ sports a larger display in a body similar in size to the Note9.
Aug 7, 2019
The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G will be the first phone to support sub-6 GHz FDD 5G for T-Mobile and AT&T. However, the AT&T and T-Mobile versions will not support mmWave 5G that offers faster speeds in central areas of major cities, even though the Verizon version will support only mmWave 5G.
Sep 11, 2019
Walmart and Verizon are both offering substantial discounts and offers for customers buying a new iPhone this year. New and existing customers of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint can pre-order the new iPhone 11 models from walmart.com starting this Friday and receive $50 off the usual phone price when choosing a device payment plan and picking up their phone in a Walmart store (starting Sept.
Aug 14, 2019
T-Mobile and AT&T can now securely confirm caller-ID info between the two networks, an important step in fighting number spoofing widely used by robocallers. Both companies have now implemented the STIR/SHAKEN protocol between their networks, allowing caller-ID info to be authenticated, resulting in a "Caller Verified" banner on the phone screen when a call is incoming.
Alcatel today announced the Go Flip 3 and SmartFlip, two variants of essentially the same clamshell-style feature phone. The phone runs KaiOS, and for the first time in the US, supports both Google Assistant voice control and the KaiStore for downloading third-party apps such as WhatsApp.
Curios About Verizon...
What about all the other smaller/local carriers too?