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AT&T and Verizon are under investigation for colluding to let eSIM phones remain locked to their networks

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The US Department of Justice is investigating AT&T and Verizon for allegedly colluding with the GSMA to influence eSIM standards so as not to threaten their dominance over the US consumer market. The investigation was opened five months ago after Apple and an unnamed wireless carrier complained to the DOJ, according to Reuters.

eSIM, short for embedded SIM, is a new format of the ubiquitous SIM cards that are used in phones and other mobile devices to securely identify and authenticate a user on a carrier’s network.

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AT&T and Verizon are under investigation for colluding to let eSIM phones remain locked to their networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T and Verizon are under investigation for colluding to let eSIM phones remain locked to their networks

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The US Department of Justice is investigating AT&T and Verizon for allegedly colluding with the GSMA to influence eSIM standards so as not to threaten their dominance over the US consumer market. The investigation was opened five months ago after Apple and an unnamed wireless carrier complained to the DOJ, according to Reuters.

eSIM, short for embedded SIM, is a new format of the ubiquitous SIM cards that are used in phones and other mobile devices to securely identify and authenticate a user on a carrier’s network.

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AT&T and Verizon are under investigation for colluding to let eSIM phones remain locked to their networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T fires up fake 5G in more than 100 new markets

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The first 5G networks should begin appearing later this year, but AT&T is already rushing to call its network "5G." The so-called 5G Evolution is faster than the current version of LTE, but it's not really 5G. Today, the carrier has rolled out its pseudo-5G in 117 new markets, bringing the total count to 141.

According to AT&T, 5G Evolution serves as a "runway" to real 5G. Deploying 5G Evolution involves infrastructure upgrades that increase network capacity, and these improvements will eventually help to roll out 5G service.

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AT&T fires up fake 5G in more than 100 new markets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon’s new ‘Smart Family’ parental controls are now available

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Verizon has long had a parental control service called FamilyBase, but today that is going away. In its place, Verizon is rolling out Smart Family. It works on both iOS and Android to allow parents to track device location, filter content, and more. The service comes with a monthly service, fee, but it does look quite comprehensive.

After setting up Smart Family, you can choose what sort of websites are accessible from your offspring's device.

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Verizon's new 'Smart Family' parental controls are now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Voice integration with Sprint will end on June 1st

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Google and Sprint got together in 2011 to offer a fully integrated Google Voice experience on the carrier. You could place calls with your Sprint number but have all the benefits of Google Voice like call forwarding to multiple numbers, voicemail transcriptions, call recording, and so on. Then, Google forgot Google Voice existed for a few years. The Sprint integration worked even after Google relaunched Voice in 2017, but now it's shutting down.

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Google Voice integration with Sprint will end on June 1st was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly starting merger talks yet again

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

We all know how annoying it can be when you've got two friends who are clearly into each other, but neither one of them has the guts to make a move. So, everyone around them has to put up with the awkwardness and tension. That's where T-Mobile and Sprint are right now. They've almost gotten together a few times, only to have things fall apart at the last minute. Now, the carriers are reportedly entering into merger talks again.

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T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly starting merger talks yet again was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly starting merger talks yet again

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

We all know how annoying it can be when you've got two friends who are clearly into each other, but neither one of them has the guts to make a move. So, everyone around them has to put up with the awkwardness and tension. That's where T-Mobile and Sprint are right now. They've almost gotten together a few times, only to have things fall apart at the last minute. Now, the carriers are reportedly entering into merger talks again.

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T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly starting merger talks yet again was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google working to open recently-freed wireless spectrum for shared use

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

A big chunk of the 3.5GHz spectrum in the US—called Citizens Broadband Radio Service, or CBRS for short—is being opened up for use later this year. Originally used by the US military, the FCC decided in 2015 that the frequencies could be put to better, shared use without obstructing its current applications, like Navy radar. And, according to Bloomberg, Google's building the systems that will allow for seamless use of these new frequencies.

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Google working to open recently-freed wireless spectrum for shared use was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG V30 on Sprint gets Android 8.0 Oreo

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

LG has released a number of V30 variants over the past few months, with some of them running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box (like the V30S ThinQ). Unfortunately, the company has been slow to update the Nougat-powered V30 and V30+, at least outside of South Korea. The Verizon V30 received Android 8.0 earlier this month, and now the Sprint model is next.

We received the above screenshot from one of our readers (thanks Ted!), who said the update was 1.7GB in size.

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LG V30 on Sprint gets Android 8.0 Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Extended to March 17th] Deal Alert: New Project Fi subscribers can get $80 off any phone

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Project Fi is becoming more and more enticing, with the recent additions of Bill Protection (basically an unlimited plan) and extended international coverage. The biggest downside to Fi is still the lack of supported devices, but now the carrier is making that a bit more enticing.

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[Update: Extended to March 17th] Deal Alert: New Project Fi subscribers can get $80 off any phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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