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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...
  • AT&T is latest to end Tiger Woods sponsorship

    12/31/2009 8:41:33 AM PST · by truthandlife · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-31-09 | PETER SVENSSON
    AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture in dropping support for the world’s top golfer, who’s taking a break from the sport to focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity. The phone company hasn’t used Woods’ image extensively in advertising, but its logo appeared on his golf bag. That deal had been billed as a “multiyear” agreement when it was signed early in 2009. Woods has also been the host of the AT&T National PGA Tour event since it started in 2007. The phone company said it would continue to sponsor the event,...
  • AT&T drops sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods

    12/31/2009 9:33:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,099+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/31/09 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – US telecoms giant AT&T announced Thursday that it was hanging up its sponsorship deal with disgraced golfing star Tiger Woods who has been embroiled in a sensational sex scandal. "We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future," the company, which backs the US PGA Tour event operated by the golfer's foundation, said in a terse, one-line statement. It was the latest blow for Woods since he inexplicably crashed his car into a tree and fire hydrant outside his Florida home in the early hours of November 27, unleashing...
  • AT&T ends sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods

    12/31/2009 7:34:18 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 16 replies · 789+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 12/31/09 | Staff
    NEW YORK - AT&T says it will no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture and Gillette in dropping support for the golfer after numerous allegations of infidelities.
  • AT&T wants out of landline business

    12/31/2009 5:15:15 AM PST · by decimon · 89 replies · 2,798+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 30, 2009 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US telecom giant AT&T has asked US regulatory authorities to waive a requirement that it and other carriers maintain costly landline networks. AT&T, the oldest US telephone company, made the request in a filing last week with the Federal Communications Commission in which it also asked the FCC to set a "firm deadline" for phasing out wireline service. "The business model for legacy phone services is in a death spiral," AT&T said. "With an outdated product, falling revenues, and rising costs, the plain-old telephone service (POTS) business is unsustainable for the long run."
  • Thales-Orbital Team To Build Satellite for Mobile Telecom Startup

    12/28/2009 5:31:21 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Space News ^ | 12/23/09 | Peter B. de Selding
    PARIS — Mobile satellite communications startup OverHorizon of Sweden has selected Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, and Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., to build its first satellite, to be launched in early 2012 under a contract announced by the manufacturers Dec. 23.
  • McDonald's Switches to Free Wi-Fi in January

    12/16/2009 4:06:15 PM PST · by Poser · 19 replies · 976+ views
    Wi-Fi Net News ^ | 12/16/2009 | Wi-Fi Net News
    Starting in January 2010, US McDonald's restaurants will no longer charge for Wi-Fi: The quick-service chain has service in 11,000 of its 14,000 locations in the US, and previously charge $2.95 for two hours access. The network is operated by AT&T, originally contracted by Wayport which was acquired by the phone giant last year. Most AT&T subscribers get free access at McDonald's, Starbucks, and a few thousand other locations...
  • Verizon Droid ad calls Apple iPhone "tiara-wearing digitally clueless pageant queen"

    12/04/2009 12:43:52 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 87 replies · 2,044+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | Friday, December 04, 2009 - 09:28 AM EST
    Verizon has launched a new ad for the Motorola Droid, "Pretty." Electronista reports, "The new spot directly attacks the iPhone and calls Apple's handset a 'digitally clueless pageant queen,' making fun of its focus on style and even mocking the glass case Apple used to display the phone at its launch in 2007." MacDailyNews Take: Focus on style? Just because iPhone has style, doesn't mean that Apple focuses on it. If anything, Apple focuses on the apps available for iPhone. Something with which, along with style, the brick heavy Droid simply cannot compete. Electronista continues, "It meanwhile thrives on the...
  • Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enf. Requests for GPS Location Data in Past Year

    12/01/2009 3:24:41 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 72 replies · 2,916+ views
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | December 1, 2009 | Kevin Bankston
    This October, Chris Soghoian — computer security researcher, oft-times journalist, and current technical consultant for the FTC's privacy protection office — attended a closed-door conference called "ISS World". ISS World — the "ISS" is for "Intelligence Support Systems for Lawful Interception, Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Gathering" — is where law enforcement and intelligence agencies consult with telco representatives and surveillance equipment manufacturers about the state of electronic surveillance technology and practice. Armed with a tape recorder, Soghoian went to the conference looking for information about the scope of the government's surveillance practices in the US. What Soghoian uncovered, as he...
  • Some Californians set to begin 11-digit dialing

    07/23/2006 4:15:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 82 replies · 2,360+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 23, 2006 | Dan Laidman
    LOS ANGELES – Starting Wednesday, seven-digit dialing will be a thing of the past for a broad swath of coastal Los Angeles County. Residents of such posh enclaves as Santa Monica, Malibu and Brentwood will be among the first Californians to be required to dial 11 digits each time they pick up the phone, even if they are calling a next-door neighbor. The change comes as part of the state's first-ever area code overlay, in which future phone numbers within a region receive a new area code while existing numbers keep the old one. It contrasts with the more common...
  • Hybrid Chip Means Verizon iPhone is Coming in 2010

    11/08/2009 12:14:43 PM PST · by Cyropaedia · 20 replies · 928+ views
    The iPhone FAQ ^ | 11/8/2009 | Thomas Estilow
    The second half of 2010 could finally bring a much-anticipated Verizon Wireless iPhone. A new hybrid chip developed by Qualcomm makes it possible to communicate with several different network technologies using only one component. This means Apple can manufacture one device, the "world mode" iPhone that will work on all of the networks it's currently compatible with as well as Verizon's CDMA network. Previous reports speculated that Apple would wait until at least 2011 for Verizon's launch of LTE technology.
  • French Telco Sets $1.5 Billion Program To Prevent Staff Suicide

    10/29/2009 2:55:19 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 621+ views
    All Headline News ^ | October 29, 2009 | Windsor Genova
    Paris, France (AHN) - France's largest telecommunications firm is setting aside $1.48 billion to fund a stress-reduction program for staff aimed at ending a spate of suicides among its workers. France Telecom SA revealed the plan Wednesday in the face of lower third quarter profits. Under the planned program, staff aged over 57 or those who feel full time work is adversely affecting their health will be offered part-time jobs. Last year, 28 staff of the firm committed suicide. The suicides were blamed on poor working conditions at the company, which is trying to cut cost to meet profit targets.
  • ATT phone service

    10/24/2009 11:50:38 AM PDT · by shadeaud · 14 replies · 1,149+ views
    vanity | Oct.24,3009 | shadeau
    Cell Phone Service Interruption
  • Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat

    10/22/2009 9:36:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 493+ views
    WP ^ | 10/22/09 | Cecilia Kang
    Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat LOBBYING BLITZ MAY FALL SHORT FCC expected to approve plan to develop Web access rules By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, October 22, 2009 Facing a major regulatory issue that could be worth a fortune in future business, AT&T has unleashed the kind of lobbying blitz that makes it one of the grand corporate players of the great Washington game. And yet, for all the money AT&T and other old-line telecom and cable companies have spent pushing their cause, they are poised to lose a key vote to a bunch of younger technology...
  • Suicide toll at France Telecom hits 25

    10/15/2009 2:36:03 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies · 661+ views
    watoday.com ^ | October 16, 2009 | watoday
    A France Telecom employee committed suicide on Thursday, becoming the 25th staff member to kill himself over the past 20 months, a company official said. The 48-year-old engineer hung himself in his Brittany home, one month after he had taken medical leave following a recommendation from the company doctor. The latest death brought to 25 the number of employees who have taken their lives since February last year at France Telecom, a former state monopoly that has been under major restructuring. Many of the employees have left notes blaming management decisions or stress at work. The 25th death came just...
  • Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

    10/05/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 2,152+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUISNESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America? To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions. It wouldn't have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made...
  • The blindness behind telecom suicides

    Now, it can't deny there is a problem. France Telecom, the once proud and efficient French public company, is in trouble, big trouble. Twenty-two of the company's employees have killed themselves in the last 20 months and all have left letters or testimonies incriminating their work conditions. This week, another employee tried but failed to take his own life. Some have even committed the desperate act in their own office. For months, France Telecom denied these "accidents" had anything to do with the company's work ethics. Now, the problem is staring it in the face. For the first time this...
  • Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

    08/28/2009 2:39:50 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 34 replies · 1,828+ views
    CNet.com ^ | 08/28/09 | Declan McCullagh
    They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency. The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that...
  • "APPLE HAS CHANGED THE WAY THE GAME IS PLAYED", says MSFT Win Mob chief

    08/20/2009 5:43:29 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 33 replies · 920+ views
    9to5 Mac [online magazine] ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2009 | Jonny Evans
    "APPLE HAS CHANGED THE WAY THE GAME IS PLAYED", says MSFT Win Mob chief Thu, 08/20/2009 - 01:21 by Jonny Evans "Apple has changed the way the game is played," Loke Uei, senior technical product manager for mobile developer experience at Microsoft said at the company’s first Windows Mobile Developers Camp (WinMoDevCamp) yesterday. His comments came during the developer meeting at which Redmond hopes to inspire/attract application developers to its platform. Attendees also got to see a preview of Windows Mobile at the event. The company hopes to take on Apple when it launches its Marketplace for Mobile later this...
  • Cutting the cord - America loses its landlines

    08/17/2009 1:21:30 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 33 replies · 1,723+ views
    The Economist (U.K.) ^ | August 13, 2009
    Ever greater numbers of Americans are disconnecting their home telephones, with momentous consequences MUCH has been made of the precipitous decline of America’s newspapers. According to one much-cited calculation, the country’s last printed newspaper will land on a doorstep sometime in the first quarter of 2043. That is a positively healthy outlook, however, compared with another staple of American life: the home telephone. Telecoms operators are seeing customers abandon landlines at a rate of 700,000 per month. Some analysts now estimate that 25% of households in America rely entirely on mobile phones (or cellphones, as Americans call them)—a share that...
  • Broadband Stimulus Plan Has No Map for Success

    08/11/2009 10:23:33 AM PDT · by aaproject · 6 replies · 575+ views
    giga om ^ | 08/11/09 | Stacey Higginbotham
    The federal government is spending $7.2 billion over the next year to bring better broadband to the masses, a lofty goal by any measure. But the feds are making it loftier than it needs ...
  • Hundreds Of ISPs Refuse To Go Along With Big Brother Spy System

    08/06/2009 8:12:22 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 10 replies · 740+ views
    dprogram.net ^ | Steve Watson
    Communications firms warn of unprecedented extension of state powers Wednesday, August 5, 2009 A group of over 300 internet service providers and telecommunications firms is fighting back against the British government’s plans to monitor all emails, phone calls and internet activity nationwide. The London Internet Exchange (LINX), which represents some 330 companies, including BT, Virgin and Carphone Warehouse, says that the government is misleading the public about the extent to which it plans to monitor their communications and internet activity. LINX has described the Government’s surveillance proposals as an “unwarranted” invasion of people’s privacy. A statement from the group to...
  • Ericsson to acquire Nortel wireless division

    07/25/2009 11:41:16 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 219+ views
    www.thelocal.som ^ | 07/25/2009 | TT/The Local
    TORONTO - Swedish telecom giant Ericsson won the auction for Nortel's wireless division, with a bid of US$1.13 billion, the Canadian-based company announced late Friday. Nortel will seek Canadian and U.S. court approvals of the proposed sale agreement at a joint hearing on July 28, 2009, the financially troubled company said in a statement.
  • Telecoms Face Antitrust Threat

    07/07/2009 4:10:35 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 4 replies · 276+ views
    The Wall Street Jouornal ^ | 07-07-09 | AMOL SHARMA
    Wireless Market, Generic Drugs Reviewed as Justice Department Steps Up Enforcement The Department of Justice has begun looking into whether large U.S. telecommunications companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are abusing the market power they have amassed in recent years, according to people familiar with the matter. The review, while in its early stages, is an indication of the Obama administration's aggressive stance on antitrust enforcement. The Justice Department's antitrust chief, Christine Varney, has said she wants to reassert the government's role in policing monopolistic and anticompetitive practices by powerful companies.
  • Siemens Helps Iran Spy on Dissidents

    06/23/2009 9:40:42 AM PDT · by pissant · 5 replies · 391+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/23/09 | Michael Goldfarb
    The Wall Street Journal reports on the German firm's shady dealings with the Iranian regime, which included helping the country develop "one of the world's most sophisticated mechanisms for controlling and censoring the Internet, allowing it to examine the content of individual online communications on a massive scale." This story was even more shocking the first time I read it in the Washington Times.
  • Fed contractor, cell phone maker sold spy system to Iran

    06/21/2009 5:50:53 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 24 replies · 1,374+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2009 | Eli Lake
    Two European companies — a major contractor to the U.S. government and a top cell-phone equipment maker — last year installed an electronic surveillance system for Iran that human rights advocates and intelligence experts say can help Iran target dissidents. Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), a joint venture between the Finnish cell-phone giant Nokia and German powerhouse Siemens, delivered what is known as a monitoring center to Irantelecom, Iran's state-owned telephone company.
  • More Families Pull The Plug On Their Home Phone

    06/19/2009 11:19:06 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 40 replies · 1,234+ views
    npr. ^ | June 18, 2009 | Tovia Smith
    The concept of a home phone may soon be going the way of the corner pay phone. Government research shows that more and more households are getting rid of their land line. And for the first time, cell-phone-only homes outnumber those with just land lines. Kelly Fitzsimmons did not give up her phone without a fight. The instrument of gossip and grand plans, and the bearer of bad news and good, the land line to her was a lifeline. "I just had in my head you gotta have a land line. You gotta have a land line," she says. "That's...
  • Senate showdown: Kerry (Vietnam Vet) takes aim at Apple’s exclusive deal with AT&T

    06/18/2009 8:15:00 AM PDT · by llevrok · 23 replies · 683+ views
    Let’s say you’re one of millions of Americans with a Verizon contract. Let’s say you really want an iPhone. And let’s say you don’t have hundreds of dollars necessary to break your contract, ditch your BlackBerry, and hop on board with AT&T. Right now, the whole furor over the 3G S is probably pretty frustrating, right? Well, now you’ve got someone on your side. Yesterday, Sen. John Kerry and three others on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation fired off a note to Michael J. Copps, the acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, asking Copps to look...
  • Want An iPhone But Don't Want AT&T?

    06/18/2009 6:58:44 AM PDT · by MNDude · 241 replies · 5,342+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Do exclusive relationships between handset makers and cell phone carriers, like AT&T has with Apple's iPhone, help or hurt consumers? Senators grilled AT&T executive Paul Roth about the issue on Wednesday after hearing constituents' complaints about lack of competition. Roth said the exclusive deal drives innovation and his company's subsidies make the iPhone more affordable.
  • Poor and Stupid Panic Despite Obama's DTV Delay

    06/15/2009 2:57:47 PM PDT · by Scott Martin · 40 replies · 1,405+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 6-15-09 | Scott Martin
    The long-awaited switch from analog to digital TV took place last Friday, and if you're like most people, you weren't aware of it. But if you are poor and/or stupid, you've probably had a rough weekend. "Nearly 700,000 calls were received by a federal hot line this week from people confused about the nationwide switch from analog to digital TV broadcasts that occurred Friday. About a third of the calls were about federal coupons to pay for digital converter boxes." Does that really say, "federal coupons for digital converter boxes?" "The largest volume of calls came from the Chicago area..."...
  • Telecom Companies Win Dismissal of Wiretap Suits

    06/03/2009 8:09:52 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 426+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2009 | Eric Lichtblau
    A federal judge on Wednesday threw out more than three dozen lawsuits claiming that the nation’s major telecommunications companies had illegally assisted in the wiretapping without warrants program approved by President George W. Bush after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of Federal District Court in Northern California said that although consumer and privacy groups raised important constitutional issues in their claims, Congress had left no doubt about its “unequivocal intention” when it passed a measure last summer giving immunity to phone carriers in the wiretapping program. The ruling represents a major victory not only for AT&T...