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AT&T Brings Global LTE Connectivity To The Car

AT&T is joining the connected car fray with AT&T Drive. Announced today at CES, it gives automakers a global data platform for things like voice-controlled apps and in-car entertainment, similar to plans by Google and Apple.


US Mobile Service Provider Says It Can't Keep Subsidising Phones

The big carriers have long subsidised phones to lure customers in. But that could all be coming to an end, at least in the US, if AT&T’s chief is to be believed.


US Telcos Reject Anti-Theft Plan So They Can Sell More Insurance

Remember the idea to prevent mobile phone theft with a so-called kill switch that would disable the device remotely after it had been stolen? Well, lawmakers in the US are having the darnedest time getting a policy in place, in part due to carriers. Let me rephrase that: due to greedy carriers.


New FCC Chairman: I Want US Carriers To Allow Phone Unlocking

The newly crowned chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, Tom Wheeler, is clearly an ambitious man: he’s on a crusade to get American carriers to allow phone unlocking.


Take Note, Aussie Telcos: This Is How You Solve Global Roaming Bills

Using your smartphone abroad sucks, or rather, it’s just annoying. You wish you had your phone abroad, but it’s complicated. Aussie telcos are starting to catch on and fix the situation, but beginning October 31st, US carrier T-Mobile will be offering free text and data in 100 different countries to customers on its Simple Choice plans. Boom.


US Court: Mobile Phone Tracking Without A Warrant Is OK

An Appeals court in the US has ruled that search warrants are not required by law enforcement agencies if they wish to seize mobile phone records. The ruling, from the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, claims that collection of such data doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment — and doesn’t need to pass the probable cause test.


Giz Explains: Why Android Updates Are So Slow

If there is one complaint we hear from Android users more than any other, it’s the speed at which software updates arrive. Or don’t arrive. It’s especially tough on tech enthusiasts who read about all the advantages of the new update but can’t get it on their own devices for six months, if at all. Even brand new devices typically fail to launch with the latest version of Android.


Facebook To Provide Free And Cheap Data Overseas For Its Apps

Facebook has announced that over the coming months it will be partnering with 18 network operators in 14 countries to provide users with free or discounted data for some of its mobile apps.


Finally, An LTE Chip Which Will Work Anywhere In The World

Qualcomm has announced something that will make travellers everywhere very happy: a new radio chipset that can support every LTE network in the world.


Australia Will Get The BlackBerry Z10 And BlackBerry Q10 [Updated]

Wondering when you can get your hands on one of the new BlackBerry 10 devices? Good news: CEO Thorsten Heins just announced that Australia is a launch market.