There’s 40 years of history showing telecom megadeals erode competition, raise prices and kill jobs. It’s a lesson America simply refuses to learn.
Read the service notice that explains why old text messages suddenly showed up on people’s phones this week.
40 years of US telecom history shows that mindless telecom mergers kill jobs, worsen service, and raise prices. So why are we still doing this?
Verizon employs different security procedures when porting a phone number to a different SIM card than the other carriers. This is making SIM swapping attacks harder to perform against Verizon customers.
The DOJ’s proposed plan to protect competition will do nothing of the sort, industry watchers say.
Carriers insist location data scams are rare and they do their best to police them. Government investigators may want to confirm that claim.
Regulators aren’t sold on the companies’ claims that fewer competitors means more competition and lower prices.
A Motherboard investigation found that telecom companies are selling their customers' "assisted GPS" data, which is intended for first responders answering 911 calls.
After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers’ phone location data to third parties, Sprint followed suit. A Motherboard investigation found all three telcos selling data that ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters.
After Motherboard found that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are selling their customers' phone location data ultimately to bounty hunters, AT&T has decided to stop service for all location aggregators, an essential part of the data supply chain.
A small group of victims of SIM swapping hacks is trying to raise awareness, teach people about the scam, and put pressure on cell phone providers to step up their efforts against cybercriminals.