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    by Published on 10-16-2019 01:35 PM
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc’s (TMUS.O) proposed $26.5 billion tie-up with Sprint Corp (S.N) won formal approval from the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday in a vote split along party lines, two sources told Reuters.

    Chairman Ajit Pai and two Republican commissioners voted to approve the deal while two Democratic commissioners voted against it, the sources said.

    The text of the approval order is not expected to be released until later in the month.

    The deal to combine the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers, which has been fighting for government approval since April 2018, still faces a lawsuit brought by a group of state attorneys general, headed by New York.

    The lawsuit against Sprint and its parent company Softbank Group Corp and T-Mobile and its parent Deutsche Telekom AG argues the deal will lead to higher prices for consumers. A trial date has been set for Dec. 9.

    The U.S. Justice Department approved the deal in July.

    Under the Justice Department deal, the companies would divest Sprint’s prepaid businesses, including Boost Mobile, to satellite television company Dish Network Corp (DISH.O), and provide it with access to 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. That deal is worth about $5 billion.
    Source: Reuters

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    by Published on 10-06-2019 09:30 AM
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    It looks like Canada will be excluded entirely from an upcoming report by Swedish research firm Tefficient. One of the reasons cited in coverage from The Wire Report is incomplete data; the other, bullying from industry lobbyists. Here's the full quote:

    The “fact that the data is reported so late for Canada (and since none of the carriers report data traffic or usage) we aren’t too interested in incorporating Canada in our analyses going forward,” Fredrik Jungermann, founder of Tefficient, said in an email when asked about the company’s information on Canadian telecom pricing. He noted that was “primarily” the driver of that decision.

    He said that “another reason is the workload created when lobbyists try to shoot down the credibility of the whole report because they don’t like to see Canada presented as an outlier. We have no business in Canada and have, unlike lobbyists, no agenda.”
    Make sure to visit the referring link to see a prior example of lobbyist bullying, an attempt to discredit the work of Finland's Rewheel/research by this country's most notorious Twitter telco shill.

    Source: The Wire Report via iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 08-27-2019 02:20 PM
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    Bad news for anyone trying to game Koodo's tab system for financing hardware: as of this week if you cancel your tab you won't just have to pay back the balance, but any activation credits as well.

    iPhone in Canada illustrates with the following example:

    iPhone XR
    $1060 CAD retail price
    $480 in activation credits from Koodo

    Prior to this week you could cancel a plan with a medium tab, keep the phone and only be on the hook for $220 (the upfront payment) plus $360 (the balance of your tab), for a total of only $580.

    Though it took a bit longer than you'd expect, the carrier eventually got wise to this:

    "Over the past two years, Koodo has noticed an increase in the number of customers who activate new devices on our network when a phone credit is available, then cancel their service within days to turn a quick profit. As a result, we are adjusting our service agreements to require customers to pay back the phone credit when they choose to leave their 24-month agreement early.

    If a customer chooses to cancel or renew any time before the 24-month agreement is complete, they would have to pay back the phone credit that is owed for the remainder of the months. While the majority of customers abide by the agreement terms, we are implementing these changes to address a small subset of customers gaming the system."
    Seems fair to me... If you've ever flipped a phone with Koodo feel free to flex below.

    Source: iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 08-23-2019 02:20 PM
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    "Hey, it's Public Mobile.

    As a thank you for being part of Public & to celebrate our new look, we're gifting you 1GB of data. No strings attached.

    This one-time addon will be added to your account in the next week. You'll get a confirmation SMS when it's applied. Learn more: http://tl.jumptxt.com/t100Ai8GT"
    If you were a Public Mobile subscriber on Monday, August 19th at 23:59 Eastern Time then you should be getting an SMS notification like the one above sometime today. The free GB is to be applied to your account after Wednesday, September 4th—provided, of course, that you're still a PM subscriber on that date as well.

    This one-time, 1GB bonus is yours to enjoy until it's all used up. According to iPhone in Canada the speed of your free gigabyte will be the same as the data on your existing plan. That seems fair, and it's a refreshing change to see existing customers getting something back for their loyalty.

    Let us know if you got the text from PM!

    Sources: iPhone in Canada, reddit

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    by Published on 08-21-2019 03:50 PM
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    OpenMedia, a digital rights nonprofit that I used to volunteer for, is asking Canadians to submit their worst carrier nightmares via a new survey. Here's the pitch:

    Canada’s exorbitant cell phone prices and lack of competition are severely hurting our wallets, holding back our economy, stifling innovation and widening the digital divide.

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is currently reviewing our wireless market. We want to share your perspectives with the CRTC, to show them they can’t ignore the problem any longer. It’s time to allow more providers to enter the market to bolster choice and affordability.

    Enough is enough—Big Telecom has been gouging people in Canada for far too long and change is long overdue. By providing robust data on people’s lived experiences we can convince the CRTC to set things straight!
    Complete the survey and make your voice heard at the public hearing in Gatineau, Quebec next January.

    Source: OpenMedia via iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 08-19-2019 02:00 PM
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    An exclusive report from Reuters this morning reveals that for the past two years Google was offering anonymized user data to carriers around the world. The good news is that they've stopped; the bad news is that they did it at all, especially without their users' express consent.

    From the source:

    Google’s Mobile Network Insights service, which had launched in March 2017, was essentially a map showing carriers signal strengths and connection speeds they were delivering in each area.

    The service was provided free to carriers and vendors that helped them manage operations. The data came from devices running Google’s Android operating system, which is on about 75% of the world’s smartphones, making it a valuable resource for the industry.

    It used data only from users who had opted into sharing location history and usage and diagnostics with Google. The data were aggregated, meaning they did not explicitly link any information to any individual phone user. It included data relating to a carrier’s own service and that of competitors, which were not identified by name.

    Nevertheless, Google shut down the service in April due to concerns about data privacy, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
    For the record, Facebook still offers a similar service to carriers, and in the USA carriers themselves have only recently stopped selling customer location data to third parties.

    Source: Reuters via reddit
    Image source: Android Police

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    by Published on 08-15-2019 02:20 PM
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    I know, everyone uses Speedtest (and thanks to peer pressure, I do as well) but it's worth mentioning that Telus has also been crowned Canada's best carrier in OpenSignal's August, 2019 Mobile Network Experience Report for Canada. That's certainly a mouthful.

    Nationwide Telus came out on top in four out of five categories:

    4G Availability
    Video Experience
    Download Speed Experience
    Upload Speed Experience (tied with Rogers)
    Latency Experience

    Regional Results are as follows:

    Calgary
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Telus
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Edmonton
    4G Availability - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Montreal
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus/Videotron (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Telus
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus/Videotron (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Ottawa
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    Toronto
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Telus
    Latency Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)

    Vancouver
    4G Availability - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)

    Winnipeg
    4G Availability - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Video Experience - Bell/Telus (tie)
    Download Speed Experience - Telus
    Upload Speed Experience - Bell/Rogers/Telus (tie)
    Latency Experience - Telus

    If you're shopping for a new carrier in any of the above markets, hopefully OpenSignal's results will be instructive. Be sure to check the source immediately below to verify what I've copied and pasted above.

    Source: OpenSignal via iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 08-08-2019 10:50 AM
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    Good news for heavy data users on the Fido network: as of this week overages on new plans have plummeted from $100 CAD per GB to a far more reasonable $15. But there's a catch: these overages are no longer billed automatically; data will instead be "paused" when you hit the limit on your plan, and stay in effect until you buy more.

    Here's the official press release to explain:

    TORONTO, Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Fido announced that it is eliminating data overage fees so customers can go all out, without going over, with the launch of Data Overage Protection, a feature that will be included in new Fido Data, Talk and Text plans starting today.

    Data Overage Protection lets customers manage their data use and spend automatically by pausing data once they reach their limit. Customers will receive an SMS notification when they reach 90% of their limit and another at 100% when their data is paused. If customers want more data to keep streaming, searching and sharing, they can buy 1GB for $15 right from their smartphone.

    “We know that data overage fees are a major concern for some customers, and that many hold back from using the full data included in their plans,” said Nancy Audette, Vice President, Fido. “With Data Overage Protection, our customers can get the most out of their wireless plans and enjoy their services worry-free with no surprise charges.”
    While I personally think it would have been much easier to just charge overages at a $15/GB rate, I suppose this is the next best thing.

    Links: Fido Press Release, iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 08-02-2019 11:00 AM
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    Ookla has published their global index of speedtest results for June. Somewhat surprising is that Canada is ranked third overall behind South Korea and Norway. Here are the top ten countries and their mobile download speeds, along with some other notable markets:

    01. South Korea - 90.06 Mbps
    02. Norway - 64.80 Mbps
    03. Canada - 63.63 Mbps
    04. Australia - 63.20 Mbps
    05. Netherlands - 60.31 Mbps
    06. Qatar - 60.09 Mbps
    07. United Arab Emirates - 57.45 Mbps
    08. Switzerland - 52.03 Mbps
    09. Croatia - 51.62 Mbps
    10. Singapore - 51.11 Mbps
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    37. United States - 35.02 Mbps
    51. United Kingdom - 30.97 Mbps
    52. Japan - 30.74 Mbps

    For reference, the average download speed for all markets was 27.44 Mbps. Meanwhile Telus, once again the top-ranked carrier in Canada, yielded an average download speed of 72.27 Mbps across the country. Not too shabby... but still too expensive.

    Source: Ookla (1) (2) via iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 07-31-2019 07:20 AM
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    Bell must be getting lots of signups for their version of the $75/10GB "unlimited" plan, as they've just raised their monthly rate to $85. And that's not all: as iPhone in Canada reports, their 20GB plan has also gone up by ten bucks, and they've removed the 50GB option altogether.

    I guess there's such a thing as too much data...?

    If you're not on an unlimited plan, don't worry—Bell has a separate surprise for you. Data overages on non-unlimited plans will now be subject to a $0.12 per megabyte price hike over and above 500MB. Surprise!

    Source: iPhone in Canada (1) (2)

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    by Published on 07-26-2019 01:30 PM
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, July 26, 2019

    Justice Department Settles with T-Mobile and Sprint in Their Proposed Merger by Requiring a Package of Divestitures to Dish

    Divestiture Will Enable DISH’s Entry as a Fourth Nationwide Facilities-Based Wireless Competitor and Expedite Deployment of High-Quality 5G for American Consumers

    The Department of Justice announced today that it and the Attorneys General for five states reached a settlement with T-Mobile and Sprint regarding their proposed merger. The settlement requires a substantial divestiture package in order to enable a viable facilities-based competitor to enter the market. Further, the settlement will facilitate the expeditious deployment of multiple high-quality 5G networks for the benefit of American consumers and entrepreneurs.

    The Department’s Antitrust Division, along with the offices of five state Attorneys General (Plaintiff States), filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the proposed transaction. At the same time, the Department and the Plaintiff States filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the Department’s and the Plaintiff States’ competitive concerns. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

    Under the terms of the proposed settlement, T-Mobile and Sprint must divest Sprint’s prepaid business, including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint prepaid, to Dish Network Corp., a Colorado-based satellite television provider. The proposed settlement also provides for the divestiture of certain spectrum assets to Dish. Additionally, T-Mobile and Sprint must make available to Dish at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. T-Mobile must also provide Dish with robust access to the T-Mobile network for a period of seven years while Dish builds out its own 5G network.

    “With this merger and accompanying divestiture, we are expanding output significantly by ensuring that large amounts of currently unused or underused spectrum are made available to American consumers in the form of high quality 5G networks,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Today’s settlement will provide Dish with the assets and transitional services required to become a facilities-based mobile network operator that can provide a full range of mobile wireless services nationwide. I want to thank our state partners for joining us in this settlement.” Delrahim added, “In crafting this remedy, we are also mindful of the significant commitments T-Mobile, Sprint, and Dish have made to the Federal Communications Commission.”

    The Department and the Plaintiff States said that, without the divestiture, the proposed acquisition would eliminate competition between two of only four facilities-based suppliers of nationwide mobile wireless services. According to the complaint, T-Mobile and Sprint both operate mobile networks and offer nationwide coverage to consumers, and they are particularly close competitors to each other for the roughly 30% of retail subscribers who purchase prepaid mobile wireless service. The combination of T-Mobile and Sprint would eliminate head-to-head competition between the companies and threaten the benefits that customers have realized from that competition in the form of lower prices and better service.

    T-Mobile US Inc. is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. In 2018, T-Mobile posted revenues of more than $43 billion. Deutsche Telekom AG, a German corporation headquartered in Bonn, Germany, is the controlling shareholder of T-Mobile US Inc.

    Sprint Corporation is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2018, its posted revenue was over $32 billion. Sprint is controlled by SoftBank Group Corp., a Japanese Corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

    As required by the Tunney Act, the proposed consent decree, along with the Department’s competitive impact statement, will be published in the Federal Register. Any person may submit written comments concerning the proposed settlement within 60 days of its publication to Scott Scheele, Chief, Telecommunications and Broadband Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 7000, Washington, D.C. 20530. At the conclusion of the 60-day comment period, the court may enter the final judgment upon a finding that it serves the public interest.

    Press Release Number 19-812
    Source: The United States Department of Justice
    Image source: Wikipedia

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    by Published on 07-25-2019 01:15 PM
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    Freedom Mobile is running a new promotion to counter The Big Three's move to eliminate data caps: for as little as $70/month, they'll also give you unlimited/throttled data, but will throw in a free phone as well.

    The icing on the cake here is that of the free devices on offer there are at least two that you might actually want:

    Apple iPhone XR - 64 GB - requires $75/month plan
    Samsung Galaxy S9 - 64 GB - requires $70/month plan

    The catch? You'll have to commit to 2 years of service; Not sure what happens to your device if you cancel before then. And in case you were wondering, $75 currently gets you a monthly data bucket of 15 GB, with a bonus of 3 GB for 24 months. $70 gets you 12 GB with the same 3 GB bonus until you "pay off" your free phone.

    Source: Freedom Mobile via Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 07-24-2019 10:25 AM
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    ... the Dish Network—according to Bloomberg, anyway.

    Dish has apparently agreed to buy spectrum and existing business (Boost Mobile) from Sprint and T-Mobile, in a deal worth about $5 billion USD. From the source:

    After weeks of negotiations, the parties have hammered out an agreement under which Dish will pay about $1.5 billion for prepaid mobile businesses and roughly $3.5 billion for spectrum, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are still private. Under the terms of the deal, Dish can’t sell the assets or hand over control of the agreement to a third party for three years, the people said.
    Bloomberg goes on to report that the deal sets the stage for the Justice Department to finally approve the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. And it could happen as early as Thursday! More details at the links immediately below.

    Source: Bloomberg via Android Police, The Verge

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    by Published on 07-23-2019 02:00 PM
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    Episode 21 of Michael Geist's LawBytes podcast features an interview with Antonios Drossos of Rewheel/research. That Finnish consultancy firm has just published a report on the state of 4G pricing in mid-2019, with bad news for wireless subscribers in Canada, the USA and also Japan:

    What is wrong with competition in the Canadian, Japanese and US markets?
    • Gigabyte prices in the Canadian, Japanese and US markets are a universe apart from prices in 4-MNO competitive large European markets or from the ultra-competitive Israeli 5-MNO market.
    • The median smartphone plan gigabyte price in Canada was 24 times higher while in Japan and the US was 15 times higher than median prices in 4-MNO competitive large European markets.
    (MNO=mobile network operator)

    You might think that this report is—for Canada, at least—already out of date, as it doesn't reflect the new plans with "unlimited" data from our Big Three carriers. But we need to remember that the cost of entry to unlimited (throttled) data from Bell, Rogers or Telus is $75 CAD/month; for anyone who can't afford this the cost per gigabyte of LTE data remains significantly higher than in other parts of the world.

    Here are some additional insights from the interview:

    1. Per-gigabyte prices fall faster in 4-MNO markets than 3-MNO markets.

    In the case of Canada Drossos acknowledges that Freedom Mobile is "en route" to becoming a 4th national carrier, but isn't quite there yet.

    In the case of the USA Drossos says that operators try to convince everyone that consolidation provides more capital to invest in infrastructure. But France went from 3 MNOs to 4 between 2012 and 2018, and overall network investment actually increased during that same period.

    2. MVNOs ultimately don't work.

    A fairly contentious statement, this, so a direct quote for context:

    "There is no wholesale access offer that they will make an MVNO to offer 10 times or 100 times more gigabytes for the same price that the network operators are offering in the market. Because obviously the network operators will never agree to such a wholesale offer."
    3. Finland has as many cell towers as all of Canada.

    To the delight of this country's telco shills, Drossos seems to have his numbers wrong on this one: in the podcast he claims that Canada and Finland each have about 7,000 cell sites; according to Industry Canada it's more like 13,000 for us. But there's still something instructive here in terms of network density:

    Canada:
    37,410,000 people / 13,000 cell towers=2,878 people per cell tower

    Finland:
    5,530,000 people / 7,000 cell towers=790 people per cell tower

    TL;DR Anyone who tells you that Canada's mobile networks are better than their Nordic counterparts is probably in the pocket of Bell, Rogers or Telus. Our data certainly isn't as cheap, that's for sure!

    Links: LawBytes, Rewheel/research

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    by Published on 07-19-2019 08:30 AM
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    iPhone in Canada has the scoop on a new plan from Public Mobile. For $60/month you get the following:

    8.5 GB at 3G speed (8 GB + 500 MB with AutoPay)
    2 GB of US Data
    Unlimited Canada / US Talk and Text

    It's unclear whether or not the U.S. data is also limited to 3G speeds—it would be a nice additional perk if it wasn't.

    Unless I'm mistaken we haven't seen a North American plan this cheap since Freedom Mobile's 2017 Fall Data Event, when that carrier was offering an additional 1 GB of U.S. data with their 8 GB / $50 per month plan. With U.S. carriers offering Canada-wide roaming as a cheap monthly add-on, wouldn't it be great if all Canadian carriers did the reverse?

    Source: Public Mobile via iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 07-17-2019 09:15 AM
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    Some potentially bad news for some Sprint customers today:

    On June 22, Sprint was informed of unauthorized access to your Sprint account using your account credentials via the Samsung.com “add a line” website. We take this matter, and all matters involving Sprint customer’s privacy, very seriously.

    What Information Was Involved?
    The personal information of yours that may have been viewed includes the following: phone number, device type, device ID, monthly recurring charges, subscriber ID, account number, account creation date, upgrade eligibility, first and last name, billing address and add-on services. No other information that could create a substantial risk of fraud or identity theft was acquired.

    What We Are Doing.
    Sprint has taken appropriate action to secure your account from unauthorized access and has not identified any fraudulent activity associated with your account at this time. Sprint re-secured your account on June 25, 2019 with the following notification to your Sprint phone device:

    • Your account PIN may have been compromised, so we reset your PIN just in case in order to protect your account.

    This letter also includes ways to protect your personal information along with important websites and phone numbers for your further information.

    Other Important Information.
    As a precautionary measure, we recommend that you take the preventative measures that are recommended by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help protect you from fraud and identity theft. These preventative measures are included at the end of this letter. You may review this information on the FTC’s website at www.ftc.gov/idtheft and www.IdentityTheft.gov or contact the FTC directly by phone at 1-877-438-4338 or by mail at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.

    We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause you. Please be assured that the privacy of your personal information is important to us. Please contact Sprint at 1-888-211-4727 if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.

    Sincerely,

    Sprint Customer Care
    Hopefully no one reading this was affected by the incident.

    Source: ZDNet via The Verge

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    by Published on 07-12-2019 09:45 AM
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    ... is currently being offered by Videotron. For a not entirely unreasonable $65/month you get:

    16 GB of data
    (described in the fine print as 9 GB + 7 GB at a permanent 100% discount)
    Unlimited Canada-wide calling
    Unlimited SMS and MMS from within Canada
    Call waiting, conference calling
    Any two of call display, call forwarding or voicemail
    Club Illico streaming video
    Stingray streaming music

    I guess that with Québec being a distinct society and all they don't really have to worry about respecting net neutrality.

    I was also under the impression that Videotron subscribers had to pay roaming fees for service outside of their home province, but if that was ever true it no longer seems to be the case. 16 GB for $65 works out to a cost per gigabyte of $4.0625, which I think is pretty great. Vive la différence!

    Source: Videotron via RFD

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    by Published on 07-11-2019 01:15 PM
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    For Canadians who travel frequently to the United States Rogers have added three new plans with unlimited calling and data on both sides of the border. The catchy branding is "Canada+US Rogers Infinite"; options are about as obvious:

    Infinite +10 - 10 GB of data at max speed for $95/month
    Infinite +20 - 20 GB of data at max speed for $115/month
    Infinite +50 - 50 GB of data at max speed for $145/month

    For less frequent visitors the $7/day Roam Like Home option is still available.



    Another interesting development is a new 36-month "edge" financing option for devices. You might recall that the CRTC's Wireless Code mandates service contracts of up to 24 months, but according to Rogers customers who finance their devices are technically still on month-to-month terms:

    Rogers President, Wireless Services, Brent Johnston, told the Globe and Mail, “We’ve read [the code] carefully. It’s our opinion that it’s compliant.”
    That Globe article is unfortunately behind a paywall, so see the first link below for more on this.

    Sources: iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 07-08-2019 08:00 AM
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    If you were having trouble making or receiving phone calls around dinnertime yesterday you're not alone; multiple sources are confirming a significant outage across almost all of this country's wireless providers—including Freedom Mobile. Regional carriers like MTS, SaskTel and Vidéotron seem to have been unaffected.

    The trouble started around 5pm Eastern Time and lasted until after midnight. Here's what it looked like according to Down Detector:









    As of this morning the issues seem largely resolved. I myself found out about the outage from the emergency vet clinic where my cat is currently being treated; staff there call clients with twice-daily updates about their pets, and the person I talked to said she was having a lot of trouble reaching people on the Rogers network.

    Hopefully no one reading this was inconvenienced too much by yesterday's incidents.

    Sources: Down Detector (1) (2) (3) (4) via iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

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    by Published on 07-05-2019 12:51 PM
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    The Big 3 recently began offering data plans that did away with overages. Instead of charging you an absurd amount to refill ...
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    I made a clarification. It was triple minutes...

    I made a clarification. It was triple minutes that wouldn't work. SIM was ok.

    Chris109 Today, 05:03 PM Go to last post
    ballo

    Cheapest ways to get more days? CDMA even worth it anymore?

    I have an existing balance with PP prepaid which is expiring today and I'm not sure what to do since CDMA is going away (when? who knows?).

    I use an ancient flip phone which is on its last...

    ballo Today, 05:00 PM Go to last post
    ravercwb

    So I you go in this app, Phone info, what does it...

    So I you go in this app, Phone info, what does it say now?164245

    Sent from my SM-G960W using HoFo mobile app

    ravercwb Today, 04:59 PM Go to last post
    loboheeler

    Moto G6 seems to have issues with the Pie update,...

    Moto G6 seems to have issues with the Pie update, but it can affect other phones too. Full reset may be the only way to cure this. Sucks having to set up the phone again after this.
    ...

    loboheeler Today, 04:16 PM Go to last post
    trees12

    Colorado Democrat State Attorney General has Pulled out of lawsuit with T-Mobile

    https://coag.gov/press-releases/attorney-generals-office-secures-2000-jobs-statewide-5g-network-deployment-under-agreements-with-dish-t-mobile-10-21-19/

    Dish Network will locate its new wireless...

    trees12 Today, 04:11 PM Go to last post