California on Aug. 25 became the first state to require that all smartphones sold there come pre-equipped with theft deterrent technology.
A U.S. senator said Aug. 25 that cell phone conversations on commercial airline flights should be banned to preserve the "last vestige of quiet in our busy skies," but text messages should be permitted.
Wireless carriers and some IP-based application providers must provide their users with a text-to-911 capability by the end of the year, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled.
The California State Assembly has passed a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers to install theft-resistant systems that can remotely disable a lost or stolen device. If the bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it will be the second in the nation—after Minnesota—requiring so-called "kill switch" software on smart phones. The Minnesota law was enacted in May.
Federal authorities on Aug. 12 indicted 20 members of a Minnesota-based crime organization for trafficking thousands of stolen and fraudulently obtained smartphones and tablets worth millions of dollars across the United States and internationally.
Known as Capability Set 13, or CS 13, the toolkit "combines data radios, mission command capabilities and handheld devices networked across waveforms and mobile satellite communications systems to transmit voice, data and video for enhanced situational awareness."
Several countries are actively engaged in helping telecommunications providers research and develop Fifth Generation, or 5G, mobile communications technology, but the United States may have the competitive edge over the next decade, a new report finds.
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.
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.
The Senate passed a bill July 15 that would let consumers unlock their cellphones instead of buying new ones when they switch providers.