Location data can be a contentious subject, especially when it comes to who has access to it. Where that data goes beyond, say, a wireless carrier, is important. And now the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is demanding more information regarding that data from the biggest wireless carriers in the U.S.
FCC Demanding More Information From AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Regarding Phone Location Data
Sprint has taken out a full-page open letter ad in the Sunday’s edition of The New York Times calling out AT&T for its misleading “5GE” network indicator. With the iOS 12.2 beta update, iPhones on AT&T network have started showing the ‘5GE’ indicator instead of LTE. Some Galaxy phones will also receive a software update to make this change.
The wireless carriers are racing towards 5G, and while Sprint will make a 2019 debut, the Now Network’s offering won’t be as full-featured as the other major wireless networks.
What started out on some Android phones has now rolled over to some iPhones, and, as a result, Sprint is ready to throw down the gauntlet in front of AT&T.
One of the pieces of the giant data puzzle that carriers are able to routinely obtain from a smartphone on its network is geo-location, but unfortunately for customers that data hasn’t been handled all that well.
New Report Sheds Light on Carriers Like AT&T and T-Mobile Selling Customer Location Data to Some Unsavory Characters
It isn’t a secret that wireless carriers gather a lot of data from phone users on their networks — yes, even iPhones. But a new report sheds light on why that may be a bigger issue than some may have assumed.
The Federal Communications Commission has voted this week on a party-line vote to classify text messages in a specific way that will give wireless carriers even more power.
As wireless networks in the United States transitioned back to unlimited data usage, a lot of restrictions were put in place to help temper usage.
After a lot of stop-and-go, it is starting to sound like T-Mobile is preparing for a successful merger with Sprint.