Today, T-Mobile is announcing its expansion of the infamous Rich Communication Services, or RCS. This is important because it gives Android users a successor to SMS (iOS already has iMessage) so that customers can have a better default messaging experience. RCS features include read receipts, typing notifications, and the ability to send much larger attachments over regular messaging so photos won’t degrade over MMS. Anyway, T-Mobile is announcing that it will start updating phones that it sells as of Q2 so that customers can take advantage of the GSMA Universal Profile which enables…
Over the past several months, I’ve become increasingly familiar with how to block phone numbers in Google’s Phone app: reject a suspicious call, go into my call history, long-press the dubious number, then tap “Block/report spam.” This process is simple enough, but it’s still just a reactionary, case-by-case measure. Android P may improve this call-blocking experience by giving users a smarter, preemptive way to block types of phone numbers — that is, so long as your carrier doesn’t get in the way
The set of commits to the AOSP gerrit, spotted by XDA Developers, would add these contextual call-blocking features to the Google Phone app.
Android P may give users a preemptive call-blocking feature, so long as carriers don’t screw it up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Last year, we got word that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon were coming together to for the Mobile Authentication Taskforce with the goal of creating a mobile identification system to fight identity risks. Fast-forward several months and the group has started to share details of what it’s cooking up. The Mobile Authentication Taskforce is creating a “highly secure and trusted multi-factor authentication platform” that’s powered by the networks of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. With … [read full article]
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The big four wireless carriers in the United States—Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint—announced Thursday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain an interesting plan for a new authentication system in apps based on mobile phone numbers…. Read the rest of this post here
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We typically see the big four US carriers competing in a cut throat fashion to steal customers from each other, but even the strongest rivals can be frenemies sometimes. The Mobile Authentication Taskforce — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint — have released product details for what it calls a “next-generation mobile authentication platform.”
Major US cell phone carriers are working on a mobile authentication system that could create a new open standard. Under the banner of the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon say they have a solution which could rol…
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U.S. big box retailer Best Buy on Wednesday announced the imminent closure of 250 satellite stores dedicated to mobile phone sales, pinning the nationwide shutdown on sluggish sales amidst increased competition from cellphone carriers, etailers and first-party shops like the Apple store.
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T-Mobile will start deploying its 5G network this year, setting up shop in 30 cities — among them one of the biggest battlegrounds, New York City.
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now official, and they’re both coming to every major US carrier. The question for folks that are interested in one of Samsung’s new flagship phones is, how much will they cost?
Most of the US carriers have now announced their pricing and special deals for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Here’s how it all breaks down:
- Galaxy S9 is $ 26.34 per month for 30 months, Galaxy S9+ is $ 30.50 per month for 30 months.
- Sprint will charge $ 0 down and $ 33 per month for 18 months for the Galaxy S9 on a Sprint Flex lease, while the Galaxy S9+ will cost $ 0 down and $ 38 per month for 18 months on a Sprint Flex lease.
- Galaxy S9 is $ 0 down and $ 30 per month for 24 months on EIP, $ 0 down and $ 32 per month on JUMP! On Demand. Galaxy S9+ is $ 120 down and $ 30 per month on EIP, $ 120 down and $ 31 per month on JOD.
- T-Mo is also offering up to $ 360 off the S9 or S9+ when you trade in an eligible smartphone. The $ 360 comes in the form of 24 monthly bill credits. Phones that qualify for $ 360 trade-in value include the GS7 and up, Note 8, iPhone 6s and up, and LG V30/V30+. Phones that qualify for $ 200 trade-in value include the GS4-GS6, Note 4 and 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, LG V20, LG G5 and G6.
- Galaxy S9 is $ 33.33 per month for 24 months, Galaxy S9+ is $ 38.74 per month for 24 months.
- Verizon customers can save up to $ 350 off a GS9 or GS9+ with qualifying trade-in. Requires GS9 or GS9+ to be purchased on device payment plan, account must remain active for 24 months to get all credits. Devices eligible for trade-in include the iPhone SE and up, Galaxy S5 and up, Note 4 and up, HTC One M9 and up, LG G4 and up, LG V10 and up, Moto Z Play and Turbo 2 and up. Trade-in value ranges from $ 100 to $ 350 depending on model.
- No pricing details for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been announced by US Cellular as of this post.
- US Cellular will offer up to $ 350 off the Galaxy S9 or S9+ when you trade in an eligible smartphone, purchase an S9 or S9+ on a 30-month contract, and sign up for a Total Plan with Unlimited Data and Device Protection+. Customers can get $ 250 off an S9 or S9+ without trading in a device.
- Samsung will sell unlocked versions of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ through its web store. The Galaxy S9 will cost $ 719.99 or $ 30 per month for 24 months, while the Galaxy S9+ will set buyers back $ 839.99 or $ 35 per month for 24 months.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be available for pre-order starting March 2, and both phones will launch on March 16. In addition to being available on the five postpaid carriers mentioned above, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will also be available on Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, and Boost Mobile for prepaid customers.
Rich Communication Services (RCS) is basically the standard for the next generation of text messaging, with apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE and others now offering features that go far beyond the standard SMS-based messaging apps that tend to ship with your phone — unless, of course, you are an Apple and iMessage user. Read More
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