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T-Mobile Wants Smartphone Manufacturers to Add Support for VoLTE and E911

T-Mobile wants smartphone manufacturers who include Band 12 support to also support Voice over LTE and E911 capabilities, a company spokesperson has said to FierceWireless, clarifying earlier rumours claiming the carrier was forcing OEMs to drop support for its 700 MHz A Block spectrum using LTE Band 12. An earlier Android Police article claimed that Motorola [...]

Layoffs Hit Lab126 as Amazon’s Mobile Efforts Flameout

Building on a heavily modified version of Android, e-commerce giant Amazon broke into the mobile market last year with its own branded Fire phone, a high end handset that boasted the ability to create 3D images with four front facing cameras. That said, the phone failed to ignite any significant consumer interest, and now, just [...]

The Rise of “Malvertising”

While I would guess that most of us are annoyed by the unending deluge of online advertising that floods our online experience every day, just imagine how much more annoyed you’d be if simply having that advertising displayed on your screen was enough to infect your computer with a host of malicious software. To put [...]

Fast Food May Hold the Key to the Mobile Payment Revolution

For several years the tech world has collectively wondered what it would take to really fuel the launch of the mobile payment revolution. Like any other consumer technology, mobile payments really won’t take off until it’s widely available, easy to use, and doesn’t alienate us from the payment solutions we’re all used to, but mobile [...]

Facebook Announces Hybrid Virtual Assistant, M

Some lucky Bay Area Facebook users opening Messenger will be greeted my M, a new virtual assistant. Just as Apple did with Siri, M will prompt them to test it, giving some examples of what it can do: It can make a restaurant reservation, book a weekend getaway, or even find a birthday gift. But [...]

Microsoft’s Nokia smartphone blunder evidence that tech and mobile telecom just don’t mix

With the announcement that most of Microsoft’s Nokia related operations in Finland have been closed, this effectively draws to a close the failed marriage between the computing giant and the once great mobile superpower. Microsoft also confirmed that along with the closure of Nokia Oyj’s former handset product development unit in Salo,Finland, that 2,300 jobs [...]

Cable Companies Use LTE-U Tests That Rely on Extremes, T-Mobile Says

LTE-U opponents claiming that the technology will adversely impact Wi-Fi operations are using data from testing with parameters set at extremes that have nothing to do with reality and do not reflect actual LTE-U specifications, T-Mobile says in a recent FCC filing. “While cable companies defend these tests by noting that carriers have the ability [...]

New Attorney General Asks NYPSC to Investigate Verizon

In a formal letter to the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked the regulator to investigate Verizon and look at how telecom market deregulation affects businesses and customers. The letter was penned after the AG held a series of public hearings in various locations throughout the state [...]

Rogers to Honour All Mobilicity Plans – For Now

Rogers recently spent $465 million acquiring one of its (dying) competitors, Mobilicity. As a result, all 150,000 customers it acquired will be transitioned over to the Rogers network. This won’t be a one-day process, but the most important question is: Will Rogers honour the low-cost plan existing Mobilicity customers have? MobileSyrup tried to find out. Not [...]

Verizon Tops AT&T in Network Quality, Sprint Makes Strong Gains over T-Mobile

Last week wireless network testing firm RootMetrics posted its biannual rankings for U.S. wireless networks, testing data reliability and network speeds as well as call and texting performance across the nation. The results, for the most part, were predictable, with Verizon taking the majority of the awards for local, state, and nationwide coverage, with AT&T [...]

The Inherent Risks of Online Data: Lessons from the Ashley Madison Hack

As you have no doubt heard, in July adult-oriented website Ashley Madison, one of many sites dedicated to discreetly connecting individuals looking for casual or on-the-side encounters, was hacked, and earlier this week the hackers, as promised, released the sensitive stolen information to the world, including names, emails, and credit card numbers of the site’s [...]

Samsung Really Wants You to Drop Your iPhone in Favour of Note 5 or S6 Edge+

Samsung really wants to lure away iPhone users in the US. Following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, the South Korean manufacturer has said that it will give iPhone users a chance to try its latest smartphones. As a result, Samsung has launched a program that aims to boost sales [...]

What You Need, What They Want: Technology and Back-to-School Shopping

There are thousands of websites and blogs that will tell you the hottest tech gadgets and devices for heading back to school; I’m betting this is the only blog that will tell you to ignore them all. I mean, what does a smartphone have to do with heading back to school? If you’re a parent [...]

Small ISPs Want CRTC to Help Them Launch MVNO Services

Canada’s small Internet service providers are interested in launching their own wireless services using the expanding network of the incumbent players, a new filing by the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) reveals. As it turns out, the CNOC filed an appeal for a recent CRTC decision on wholesale wireless access, because it wants the Big [...]

Google Continues Digital Dominance with OnHub WiFi Router

For years we’ve known that Wi-Fi connectivity will be a needed and necessary part of any comprehensive connected everything existence going forward, leaving tech and telecom companies alike working to seamlessly connect network access with Wi-Fi technology. Show More Summary

Verizon Finally Stops Throttling Unlimited 3G Customers (but only when there’s almost none left)

Verizon has won the war against the once stalwart band of unlimited 3G data users, offering the remaining beleaguered few the consolation prize of finally enjoying the (now antiquated) connection speeds they were promised four years ago. In 2011 Verizon announced it would no longer be offering an unlimited data plan, instead transitioning all new subscribers [...]

Samsung Pay Will Eventually Reach Canada

Alongside announcing the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, the South Korean manufacturer has also confirmed that Samsung Pay will be available in the US on September 28. With the imminent (rumoured) launch of Apple Pay in Canada, the obvious question is: Will Samsung Pay follow its lead? According to information obtained by the [...]

Who will watch the watchmen? Kaspersky Lab Faked Malware Hits to Hamstring Rivals

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” This question, roughly translated as “Who will watch the watchmen?” was famously posed by Roman poet Juvenal in the late 1st century CE, arguing against the possibility of enforcing moral behaviour when those responsible for the enforcement were themselves morally corruptible. For years the idiom has been deployed to question those [...]

Bell Launches North America’s First Tri-Band LTE-A Technology with Speeds up to 290 Mbps

Using the publicity surrounding the official launch of the latest Samsung smartphones, Bell announced last week North America’s first rollout of a Tri-band LTE-A (LTE Advanced) network service, which delivers lightning-fast mobile data speeds of up to 290 Mbps. Samsung has officially unveiled its latest forays into the phablet market, the Galaxy Note 5 and the [...]

AT&T Partnered with NSA to Spy on American Citizens

The National Security Agency’s controversial metadata collection program across the United States would likely not have been as effective if not for the decades-long partnership the agency had with one particular telecom operator: AT&T. While it’s long been known that practically the entire tech and telecom industries have at one time or another been pushed [...]

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