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Oh, wow, Canada: No more carrier-locked phones for Canucks

Canada has ruled that cellphone networks may no longer charge fees for carrier-unlocking handsets nor sell new phones locked to their network. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said that as of December 1 of this year, phone sellers will be barred from selling handsets locked to a specific …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2017
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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

From today people will be able to spend more time gazing at their phones while on hols rather than looking at the sights as roaming charges in EU countries are abolished. Travellers can now call, text and use their mobile data at no extra cost, regardless of the EU country they're visiting. But there appears to be some …
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2017
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Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G

Comment Ericsson and Nokia are united on one thing, and that is Europe's failure to take a lead on 5G, a view which is supported by operators too. In a joint statement, six operator and technology associations criticized European Union lawmakers for a "timid approach that will do little to improve Europe's chances of success" and …
Wireless Watch, 15 Jun 2017

Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

Word of T-Mobile US outages has reached customers, social media, support representatives and The Register – just not the network's marketing team. A T-Mobile spokesperson told The Register in an email at 13:30 BST on 12 June that "all is operating normally". But El Reg spoke with two support staff who confirmed that there are …
Andrew Silver, 12 Jun 2017
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Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey

Giffgaff customers may want to think twice before holidaying in tax havens such as the Channel Islands as new roaming charges will hike calls back to Blighty to £1 per minute – up from the current 0.5p rate. From 14 June, the mobile virtual network operator will allow customers to roam in the EU and use their allowances as …
Kat Hall, 1 Jun 2017
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Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

Android founder Andy Rubin’s new hardware company Essential Products has unveiled the smartphone it hopes will discomfit the rest of the market. The former Google robotics exec on Tuesday showcased an Android handset that sports 13MP rear and 8MP front cameras, 128GB on-board storage, 4GB of memory, and a $699 price tag. The …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2017

Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

Comment Apple may not be the invincible force it once was in mobile, but it is still unrivalled in its ability to scatter stardust over new technologies – just ask the companies which struggled to push Wi-Fi Calling or wireless charging into the mainstream before the iPhone maker came along. Now it has kindled new sparks of enthusiasm, …
Wireless Watch, 30 May 2017

Ur dumped lol: Folk may be able to leave mobile contracts via text

It's considered a cold way to end most relationships, but customers may soon be able to consciously uncouple from their mobile providers by simply sending a text. Ofcom's "text-to-switch" proposals today are intended to make it quicker and easier to switch from one mobile network provider to another. Under the plans, …
Kat Hall, 19 May 2017

ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Fareham telco Onecom Limited £100,000 for sending spam texts. The unwanted messages for mobile phone upgrades were sent between late 2015 and June 2016. The ICO received 1,050 complaints about the spam campaign. Although 944 of the messages did not identify the company, the ICO …
John Oates, 17 May 2017
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O2 continues to splash out on 4G ahead of rumoured IPO

Mobe operator O2 continued to splash cash on its 4G network in its final quarter results, with industry watchers believing it is moving at pace to complete its commitments before an IPO at the end of the year. O2's daddy Telefónica reported UK sales of €1.6bn (£1.35bn) for the quarter, with earnings before interest, tax and …
Kat Hall, 12 May 2017

Someone is sending propaganda texts to Ukrainian soldiers

An ongoing campaign of propaganda-texting Ukrainian solders has, unsurprisingly, been attributed to Russian forces equipped with cell site simulators (IMSI-catchers). The “fake texts” started lighting up the soldiers' mobes while a TV journalist, Julia Kirienko, was sheltering with them, according to Associated Press. Another …
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What's your worst nightmare? A Comcast, Charter cellphone network? Oh, it's coming

Much-loved US cable giants Comcast and Charter, which both long to run their own cellphone networks, are teaming up to make their wireless nightmare, er, dream a reality. Under the terms of the partnership announced Monday morning, Charter and Comcast will together develop shared hardware and software backbones to support …
Shaun Nichols, 8 May 2017

Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

Special Report Which? magazine's claim that the UK has "worse 4G than Peru", widely reported by the national media this week, has reopened an highly charged industry debate about the reliability of network data collection. The debate can be crudely summed as “crowd vs non crowd”, but actually goes deeper: does enough "Big Data" from a large …
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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

The M6 is officially the UK's worst motorway for 4G coverage. Global Wireless Solutions clocked up almost a million data points to find a winner and loser. On average Britain’s linear car parks, er, motorways only maintain an LTE signal 62 per cent of the time. But the M6, originally built for ferrying northerners to Cup …
Team Register, 28 Apr 2017

ITU's latest specs show that 5G is not just a wireless network

Analysis We can no longer see 5G as a wireless standard alone. Its heart may still be a 3GPP-defined radio, but to deliver commercial benefits to operators (old or new), wireline links will be as important as wireless ones, and architectural change will be more important than an updated air interface. Several important developments …
Wireless Watch, 27 Apr 2017
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British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

"5G doesn't mean anything to us," says Kirill Filippov, chief executive of SPB TV, an OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV provider touting live 360 VR in 4G at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Filippov, who was hot from a handshake photo opportunity with Russian Minster of Communications and Mass Media Nikolay …
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FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

America's favorite watchdog the FCC has suggested a set of new rules for installing hardware for 5G wireless broadband networks. The communications regulator's notice (PDF) of proposed rule-making sets out new guidelines for carriers and places the burden for blocking small cell antenna units on the city and state authorities …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2017
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Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall. Vodafone sells the Sure Signal V3 femtocell for £69 to help users with notspots in their home. But for …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2017

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