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FTC recommends steps to prevent unnecessary charges on consumer mobile phone bills

Through cramming, customers are charged for goods and services provided by third-party merchants. Sometimes these are legitimate add-on third party charges such as charitable contributions. However, a new Federatl Trade Commission report notes that other charges may be added illegally by scammers.

Obama expected to sign into law a bill allowing consumers to legally 'unlock' cellphones

The "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" (S. 517) reverses an October 2012 decision by the Library of Congress's Copyright Office that said unlocking cellphones without the carrier's permission is prohibited under 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Senate OKs bill that lets consumers unlock cellphones so they can switch providers

The Senate passed a bill July 15 that would let consumers unlock their cellphones instead of buying new ones when they switch providers.

More U.S. households ditch landlines to become cell phone only, new CDC survey reveals

Preliminary results from the survey released July 8 showed that about 40 percent of homes had only cell or mobile phones during the second half of 2013. That was an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the first half of the year and 2.8 percentage points since the second half of 2012.

EU further cuts roaming charges for calls, text and data across member countries

The European Union implemented new roaming charge rules across its 28 member countries, capping how much people can be charged for making outgoing calls, getting incoming calls, sending text messages and going online.

Supreme Court: Warrant needed to search mobile devices

Digital information contained on mobile devices is constitutionally protected from search by a police officer without a warrant, ruled the Supreme Court June 25.

FCC aims for mobile device theft solution within 6 months

The Federal Communications Commission hosted a workshop on the prevention of mobile device theft June 19, in an effort to rally stakeholders and put forth an implementable solution within six months. "The issue has been identified. The low-hanging fruit solutions to this issue have been picked. It's time to climb higher up the tree,"  said  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during the event.

DoD seeks mobile application support, commercial device guidance

A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.

Florida judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit involving cellphone tracking devices

Saying he didn't have jurisdiction, a Florida circuit court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida against a local police department to produce documents about the use of controversial cellphone tracking devices.

Senate committee reaches compromise on bill to unlock cellphones

After a reaching a bipartisan compromise, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a bill June 26 that would allow consumers to unlock their cellphones so they can switch providers without buying a new phone. Members announced the compromise June 23 after working on it for months, they said.