Israel was allegedly behind the Stingray spy devices discovered around Washington, D.C. in 2017, according to an explosive new report from Politico, which notes that they were primarily intended to spy on President Donald Trump and his associates. The Israeli government denies the charge, but Politico’s sources include at least three unnamed former U.S. officials who “served in top intelligence and national security posts.”
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A few years back, Vodafone announced plans to stick a fork in 2G by September 2017, however, it actually lived on a bit longer than that. But this borrowed time is about to expire, with the company declaring a real end to its 2G network, starting on April 30.
It was way back in 2014 we announced that Telstra would be shelving its 2G network by 2017, and just ahead of time, the day has finally come.
The 900 MHz mobile network was switched off today, so if you or a loved one have a 2G SIM card, Mobile Handheld, Mobile Broadband, Tablets or wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) device it won't work on Telstra's network anymore. You won't be able to make or receive voice calls or SMS, access voicemail or use data services.
How will the billion people who still use older 2G mobile phones use them to pay for goods, just like people with smartphones equipped with near-field communications (NFC) wireless links? One answer is to place a tiny 2G base station at the point of sale so that those older non-NFC phones can also make a short-range transaction securely.
Josh Taylor over at ZDNet has picked up on the fact that Optus has been quietly upgrading its 2G network over the past few weeks, with certain base towers in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide supporting EDGE speeds. Other towers around the country will probably need a little bit of work before the update becomes network-wide.
The world is in its 3G stage and moving towards 4G but there was a time when 2G, or second generation, handsets were all the rage. Back in the day, in the early days of 2000, this little black duck was carrying one of the coolest handsets on the planet - the Nokia 7110. It looked a lot like the phone Neo uses in The Matrix. Press a button and cover snapped down to reveal the keypad.
Timothy Butler over at OFB did some sleuthing and found that AT&T is downgrading its EDGE/2G service to the weaker 1900 MHz band. Their response to those with newly-lousy service? Buy a new phone.