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  • What's your opinion re various cell phone packages?

    06/12/2010 10:53:17 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 34 replies · 776+ views
    This is for my wife. She's got to upgrade to a 4 gig Iphone (or some such) that has, among other things, email capability. She/we will thus have to have unlimited phone calls, unlimited texting and graphics/pictures, and internet/email. At the present we have AT&T but have to pay extra for texting, pictures and email. What companies/plans would you recommend? thanx so much.
  • Google's Android takes No 2 spot from iPhone in US

    05/10/2010 11:24:56 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 137 replies · 1,840+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2010 12:53pm | By Alexei Oreskovic
    * Google's Android OS in 28 pct of U.S. smartphones in Q1 * Apple U.S. iPhone share 21 pct in Q1 * Research in Motion retains No. 1 rank with 36 pct share SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O) displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market. Smartphones featuring Google's Android operating system accounted for 28 percent of U.S. smartphone unit sales in the first quarter according to NPD...
  • Sprint, Verizon, or AT & T.. Which of these 3 cell phones are good?? (Vanity)

    05/09/2010 1:31:13 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 67 replies · 1,971+ views
    05/09/10 | Kevin Davis
    Here is the story.. I'm looking to get a decent cell phone provider that is good, have excellent phones, and be used in overseas. Right now I have a pay go phone (I used to have trash mobile but long story) and I can't use it globally.. I did ask companies like Boost and Cricket and they can't be used overseas. Out of the 3 which of would you recommend??
  • India bans Chinese telecom equipment citing security

    04/30/2010 9:48:25 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies · 555+ views
    CTV News ^ | April 30, 2010 | CTV News
    NEW DELHI — India has banned telecom equipment from China citing national security reasons, heightening trade tensions between the two Asian economic giants. In a recent order, the government has told mobile operators not to import any network equipment manufactured by Chinese vendors such as Huawei and ZTE. Indian officials say the ban was prompted by concerns that Chinese telecom equipment could have spyware or malicious software - known as "malware" - embedded in it which could give Chinese intelligence agencies access to telecom networks in India. Under strict new conditions, Indian telecom companies will have to get a security...
  • AT&T Sees $1 Billion Healthcare Related Charge

    03/31/2010 7:44:05 AM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 37 replies · 1,038+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters) ^ | 3/26/2010 | NEW YORK (Reuters)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Friday it would record a $1 billion non-cash charge for the current quarter related to the new U.S. health care reform law, as lawmakers called on the company and three other large employers to testify about expected cost hikes. AT&T's charge appeared to be the largest in a series of charges announced by U.S. companies this week. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee said on Friday it will call on the chief executives of AT&T, Caterpillar , Verizon and Deere to testify on April 21 about how the reform might adversely affect...
  • Deere (And Others) In The Headlights

    03/26/2010 5:06:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,286+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: As major businesses lay out the impact of ObamaCare in dollars and jobs, two things are clear: the costs will be enormous, and the president's vow to focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs" can no longer be believed. Early returns on ObamaCare are coming in, and they belie proponents' claims of job creation and cost reduction. The costs will increase. They are merely being shifted to the states and to America's businesses, large and small. AT&T, the country's largest telephone company, announced Friday it will take a $1 billion first-quarter charge related to the new health care law. The...
  • AT&T Joins Growing List of Firms That Say Health Care Law Will Cut Into Their Profits (Obamacare)

    03/26/2010 3:32:31 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies · 791+ views
    fox news ^ | 3/26/2010 | fox news
    AT&T said Friday that it is preparing for President Obama's health care overhaul to cost the telecommunications giant an additional $1 billion in expenses in the first quarter, possibly forcing the company to cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. AT&T is the latest and biggest company to account for the financial impact that the health care overhaul will have on its bottom line. It said the tax ramifications related to the legislation that Obama signed Tuesday will force it to take a non-cash charge -- an expense that does not require cash to be paid out but...
  • AT&T will take $1B non-cash charge for health care

    03/26/2010 12:57:05 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 44 replies · 1,369+ views
    AP via yahoo.com ^ | 03.26.2010 | BARBARA ORTUTAY
    AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses
  • AT&T will take $1B non-cash charge for health care

    03/26/2010 12:06:00 PM PDT · by mlocher · 22 replies · 1,206+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/26/2010 | AP
    NEW YORK – AT&T Inc. said Friday it will take a $1 billion non-cash charge in the first quarter related to the health care overhaul. AT&T's charge is the largest announced so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. AT&T said the charge is to reflect the change of the tax treatment of Medicare subsidies. Companies say the health care overhaul will make a subsidy that companies receive for retiree drug coverage taxable...
  • AT&T Plans $1 Billion Charge Tied to Health Benefits

    03/26/2010 12:03:05 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 24 replies · 1,710+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 26 March 2010 | Roger Cheng
    AT&T Inc. plans to take a noncash $1 billion charge in the first quarter in anticipating the impact of changes brought by the nation's health-care overhaul. AT&T follows Deere & Co., Caterpillar Inc. and AK Steel Holding Corp. in taking the one-time charge. The companies are taking the charges now even though the impact of the health-care law won't be felt until 2013.
  • Feds Push for Tracking Cell Phones

    02/11/2010 4:03:49 PM PST · by sinanju · 34 replies · 797+ views
    CNET News ^ | February 11, 2010 | Declan McCullaugh
    "...Even though police are tapping into the locations of mobile phones thousands of times a year, the legal ground rules remain unclear, and federal privacy laws written a generation ago are ambiguous at best. On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear oral arguments (PDF) in a case that could establish new standards for locating wireless devices. In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their--or at least their cell phones'--whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that "a customer's Fourth...
  • Feds push for tracking cell phones

    02/12/2010 6:29:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies · 663+ views
    CNET ^ | 11 February, 2010 | Declan McCullagh
    Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves. FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding to what their cellular towers had recorded at the time of a dozen different bank robberies in the Dallas area. The voluminous records showed that two phones had made calls around the time of all 12 heists, and that those phones belonged to men named Tony Hewitt and Corey Duffey. A jury eventually...
  • Can the FBI Secretly Track Your Cell Phone?

    02/11/2010 11:08:16 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 115 replies · 1,694+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2010 | Michael Isikoff
    The Justice Department is poised this week to publicly defend a little-known law-enforcement practice that critics say may be the "sleeper" privacy issue of the 21st century: the collection of cell-phone "tracking" records that identify the physical locations where the phones have been. It may come as a surprise to most of the owners of the country's 277 million cell phones, but their cell-phone company retains records of where their device has been at all times—either because the phones have tiny GPS devices embedded inside or because each phone call is routed through towers that can be used to pinpoint...
  • Feds push for tracking cell phones

    02/11/2010 8:58:30 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 91 replies · 2,580+ views
    CNET News ^ | February 1, 2010 | Declan McCullagh
    Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves. FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding to what their cellular towers had recorded at the time of a dozen different bank robberies in the Dallas area. The voluminous records showed that two phones had made calls around the time of all 12 heists, and that those phones belonged to men named Tony Hewitt and Corey Duffey. A jury eventually...
  • Pioneer Press Watchdog: She died, but the T-Mobile phone bills kept coming [Ridiculous!]

    02/09/2010 10:35:07 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 30 replies · 1,912+ views
    Twin Cities.com/Pioneer Press ^ | 8 Feb 2010 | Debra O'Connor
    Last week was the final straw for Bruce Bethke and his family. His wife, Karen, answered the phone, and it was a collections call from T-Mobile, demanding payment on the cell phone account of her stepdaughter, Emily Bethke. She burst into tears and told the agent what the family, in increasing irritation mixed with their sorrow, had been telling T-Mobile for months: Emily is dead.....
  • Verizon to cut more than 10,000 workers

    01/26/2010 10:34:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 822+ views
    Providence Business News ^ | January 26, 2010 | PBN Staff
    Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it plans to cut more than 10,000 workers from its landline division this year as customers continue to get rid of home telephone service. The telecom giant made the disclosure the same day it reported a loss in the final quarter of last year as the company spent $3 billion on severance and other costs that stemmed from its decision to lay off thousands of workers last year. Verizon posted a net loss of $653 million, or 23 cents a share, in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $1.24 billion,...
  • Verizon to Cut More Than 10,000 Jobs After Sales Miss Estimates (Hope-n-Change!)

    01/26/2010 7:24:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 93 replies · 3,599+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 26, 2010, 10:01 AM EST | Amy Thomson
    Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. phone company, plans to cut more than 10,000 jobs at its fixed-line unit this year after posting fourth- quarter sales that missed analysts’ estimates. The company plan to keep cuts at the same level as last year, when it reduced 13,000 positions, or about 9 percent of the unit’s workforce, Chief Financial Officer John Killian said on a conference call today. The business had about 117,000 workers at year-end. Sales rose 9.9 percent to $27.1 billion, missing the $27.3 billion average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue at Verizon’s fixed-line service dropped 3.9 percent,...
  • Cybercriminals revive old scams to target smartphones

    01/16/2010 4:35:45 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 558+ views
    bbc ^ | 15 January 2010
    As mobile phones get more sophisticated, hi-tech criminals are dusting off some old tricks. Security companies have noticed a rise in trojans known as diallers that used to be popular during the days of dial-up net access. On a smartphone the diallers are being used to call premium rate lines leaving victims with a big bill. Experts say the diallers are proving popular as a quick way for criminals to cash in. Diallers were widely used during the days of dial-up net access when most people connected via modem. Many diallers lurked on porn sites and, once they snared a...
  • I’m thinking about switching to Vontage (VOIP) phone service.

    01/08/2010 5:55:43 PM PST · by doc1019 · 31 replies · 1,496+ views
    Need guidance from those with experience with this service. Is it worth it? What, if any, are the negatives?
  • Washington DC sues AT&T over calling cards

    01/04/2010 9:22:58 AM PST · by Abathar · 36 replies · 1,126+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | 01/04/2010 | unknown
    The attorney general for Washington D.C. has filed a lawsuit against an AT&T Inc unit, seeking to recover consumers' unused balances on prepaid calling cards. The suit claims that AT&T should turn over unused balances on the calling cards of consumers whose last known address was in Washington, D.C. and have not used the calling card for three years. "AT&T's prepaid calling cards must be treated as unclaimed property under district law," the attorney general's office said in a statement. According to the attorney general's office, that sum, known in the industry as "breakage," represents some 5 to 20 percent...