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Today marks another win for consumers in the telecommunications industry. Today, after Congress passed a bipartisan bill earlier in the year, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that allows consumers to legally unlock their cell phones. Prior to today, it was considered illegal for consumers to unlock their phones to use on another network, domestic or abroad, and was punishable by up to five years in prison.
The fact that this was illegal at a time is absolutely absurd, and I'm happy to see that our government is actually capable of getting something done that every American can benefit from. The reason the practice of unlocking phones was once illegal is because of an application from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. Though, under this act, the... read more
This Sunday, March 9th, marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. This time adjustment doesn't only mess with your sleep schedule it can also interfere with the timekeeping of medical devices, travel, and record keeping. Your smartphone and tablet will adjust on their own as long as in your settings you have selected to use network provided time. It is usually the default setting. If you would like to verify go into the settings. On the Samsung Galaxy S4 go into Settings, More, Date and Time, and make sure that the Automatic date and time box is checked. It is really very simple. A few other household devices will automatically adjust, but be sure to... read more
Could there be a new player on the smartphone manufacturer team? Boeing Co. is adding a smartphone to their lineup of fighter jets, airliners, and satellites. It is definitely not going to be your average device. The smartphone, which they are calling Boeing Black, is based on Boeing's idea of Security + Modularity= Productivity. Typical commercial devices are designed with civilian consumers in mind; the Boeing Black is designed right from the start with U.S. Defense and security communities in mind... read more
Last month Google announced that they were selling Motorola to the Chinese electronics company Lenovo. Google's ownership of Motorola was short-lived and unprofitable, but during the sale Google still retained the portion of the company called ATAP. The Advanced Technology and Projects group is an innovative and forward thinking group similar to one of Google's other groups they call Google X. They are the creators of Google Glass and they are diligently working on other incredible projects like self-driving cars and broadband balloons. Since Google is... read more
Sources say DISH is likely the winner of the FCC H Block Spectrum Auction. What does this mean to the rest of us?
This was the FCC's first major spectrum sale in more than five years. The significance of this to consumers is that the spectrum being auctioned has been approved for use with terresterial and mobile wireless services, including broadband. DISH's founder, Charlie Ergen, has often expressed desire to enter into the wireless industry, making a DISH a multi- service provider (TV, internet, and cell phone service?). With the timelines imposed on the spectrum sale by the FCC, the winning bidders will have... read more
Wireless carriers are starting to change their mind when it comes to mandating kill switches in smartphones. Earlier this year a California Senator proposed a bill that supported the idea of kill switches. At that time AT&T, Sprint,... read more