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Android Q will allow your evil carrier to lock down your phone in new and exciting ways

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Now that Android Pie is in the rearview mirror, it's time to start obsessing over Android Q. Luckily, a leak last week revealed some positive changes like a system-wide dark mode and refined permissions. It's not all rainbows and unicorns, though. Additions to the Android source code suggest that Google will also give carriers new tools to SIM lock phones.

The Android code contains a total of four commits under the heading of "Carrier restriction enhancements for Android Q." They lay out a system in which carriers can specify a list of allowed and blocked carriers.

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Android Q will allow your evil carrier to lock down your phone in new and exciting ways was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Fi announces RCS support, rolls out faster 4G LTE coverage in 33 more countries

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Google has been the driving force behind RCS adoption for the past two years, so it has always been confusing that the company's own MVNO network didn't support the technology. That has finally changed, as Google Fi (formerly Project Fi) is now rolling out RCS, along with improved international coverage.

To take advantage of RCS, you'll need to set Android Messages as the default SMS app on your phone. If you're still using the optional Hangouts integration, you will have to turn it off.

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Google Fi announces RCS support, rolls out faster 4G LTE coverage in 33 more countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T and Cricket customers receive texts that their location was used by third parties

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

On the heels of AT&T and other carriers promising (again) to stop proving location data to data aggregation companies, many customers of AT&T its MNVO Cricket have received an interesting text message. They were informed that they had consented to sharing "phone location or other subscriber, account, and device data" with third parties, without actually having consented.

I received multiple copies of the text on my Cricket number, which prompted me to look for additional reports.

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AT&T and Cricket customers receive texts that their location was used by third parties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Carriers respond] U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Last year, a large number of U.S. carriers were under fire for selling live location data to third-party companies, including LocationSmart and Securus. These companies then sold that data to other companies, and so on and so forth.

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[Update: Carriers respond] U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Last year, a large number of U.S. carriers were under fire for selling live location data to third-party companies, including LocationSmart and Securus. These companies then sold that data to other companies, and so on and so forth. As you might expect, the bad publicity hasn't stopped carriers from working with those companies, as evidenced by a recent article from Motherboard.

Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox wrote, "I gave a bounty hunter a phone number.

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U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T starts rolling out updates with fake ‘5G Evolution’ icon, just as promised

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Most of you are probably familiar with AT&T's very misleading initiative to dub an enhanced version of 4G LTE "5G Evolution." As the top comment on that post predicted, the "5G E" icon has begun to roll out very quickly, already hitting both the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy S8 active less than two weeks after the announcement.

The Galaxy S8 active's "5G E" icon is bundled with a December 2018 security patch.

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AT&T starts rolling out updates with fake '5G Evolution' icon, just as promised was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T to start using a fake 5G indicator on LTE phones

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Technology is complicated enough for the average consumer, but carriers have a long and storied history of manipulating terminology to make it even harder to follow. Years ago, carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T jumped the gun on 4G by rebranding their 3G HSPA+ networks as "4G." Now, AT&T is doing the same thing as we move on toward 5G. After announcing 5G Evolution branding earlier this year, it's going to use a fake 5G icon on LTE phones.

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AT&T to start using a fake 5G indicator on LTE phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: T-Mobile confirms approval] U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don’t use Huawei equipment

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

While Huawei's Chief Financial Officer faces extradition to the United States over claims that the company avoided U.S. sanctions on Iran, Huawei might be facing another blow. According to Reuters, a U.S. security council is expected to approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, on one condition — the combined carrier can't use networking equipment from Huawei.

Several countries around the world have now banned (or are trying to ban) Huawei's networking equipment, among fears that they could enable a backdoor for the Chinese government to conduct surveillance.

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[Update: T-Mobile confirms approval] U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don't use Huawei equipment was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T launches its 5G network this week with the $499 Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

The era of 5G is upon us, and you know what that means. That's right: 5G holograms. At least, that's what I'm gathering from the demo video that accompanies AT&T's 5G rollout announcement. In just a few days on December 21st, you'll be able to pick up a 5G hotspot for use in AT&T's first 5G markets. Get ready to spend big on the hardware, though.

AT&T's first 5G device is the $499 Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot, which boasts support for AT&T's millimeter wave 5G network.

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AT&T launches its 5G network this week with the $499 Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don’t use Huawei equipment

Friday, December 14th, 2018

While Huawei's Chief Financial Officer faces extradition to the United States over claims that the company avoided U.S. sanctions on Iran, Huawei might be facing another blow. According to Reuters, a U.S. security council is expected to approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, on one condition — the combined carrier can't use networking equipment from Huawei.

Several countries around the world have now banned (or are trying to ban) Huawei's networking equipment, among fears that they could enable a backdoor for the Chinese government to conduct surveillance.

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U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don't use Huawei equipment was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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