Tag Archive: Carriers


U.S. carriers offer free calls, texts and data after Hurricane Maria and Mexico City earthquake

Carriers are offering free calls, texts and data following Hurricane Maria and the latest Mexican earthquake.

As Hurricane Maria continues to make its way along the East Coast of the United States (after already destroying numerous Carribean islands), AT&T and T-Mobile have announced they will be waiving fees for calls and text messages sent to affected areas, as well as offering unlimited calls, texts and data to customers inside the affected regions. We have not heard if Verizon or  [Read More…]

Cell carriers waive fees to following earthquake and hurricane Irma

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have waived fees following deadly earthquake.

Following a deadly earthquake of the Mexican coast, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all announced they will be waiving fees for anyone calling to the region. The earthquake has been said by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to be the strongest earthquake felt by the country in 100 years. The death toll from the earthquake has already reached 61, a number that will unfortunately but surely rise. We have  [Read More…]

The Big Four U.S. carriers are joining together to build a new mobile authentication solution

Your carrier wants to help keep your identity safer.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have joined forces and created what they are calling the Mobile Authentication Taskforce.

Because hacking, identity theft, and phishing are becoming a bigger problem, especially with mobile devices, the carriers want to create a system to make sure you are who you claim to be when using your phone for things like banking or shopping. Going through the hassle of fixing any type of bank  [Read More…]

Carriers waiving fees for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey

Carriers are helping customers stay connected in their time of need.

Carriers in the U.S. have all released news that they are waiving some fees and overages for customers in some areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. During any disaster, your phone is one of the best ways to stay abreast on news and weather information as well as communicating with friends, family or emergency services. It’s great to see carriers come forward with any type of relief during difficult  [Read More…]

Top 5 things you need to know about switching carriers

Switching phone service doesn’t have to be such a chore.

Changing your phone carrier can be stressful. Shopping around and seeing so many different choices and prices and crazy perks can leave anyone confused ready to throw in the towel.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you remember a few tips before you get started you’ll be able to weave your way through all the hyperbole and get what you need and what you  [Read More…]

What big carriers won’t tell you about prepaid alternative carriers

Being informed is great for us, but big carriers would rather keep you in the dark when shopping for phone service.

There are plenty of reasons to use an MVNO instead of one of the four major network providers here in the U.S. We have talked about many of them and most center on the service to cost ratio and how an MVNO can usually be a better value for most people. We think that value is  [Read More…]

Canada bans locked phones as it looks to make switching carriers easier

The Wireless Code of Conduct has received an update to address some of its widely-held complaints. But it doesn’t fix everything.

In a review of Canada’s Wireless Code of Conduct, which debuted in June 2013, the country’s telecom regulator has made two important changes that will potentially lower the cost of ownership and make it easier for consumers to switch providers.

In a statement, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced, as of December 1, 2017, the end  [Read More…]

Canada bans unlocked phones as it looks to make switching carriers easier

The Wireless Code of Conduct has received an update to address some of its widely-held complaints. But it doesn’t fix everything.

In a review of Canada’s Wireless Code of Conduct, which debuted in June 2013, the country’s telecom regulator has made two important changes that will potentially lower the cost of ownership and make it easier for consumers to switch carriers.

In a statement, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced, as of December 1, 2017, the end  [Read More…]

Google is making it easier for carriers to communicate over RCS

Google “hub” model allows carriers to implement RCS with ease.

RCS is a next-generation communication protocol with read receipts, group chat, support for high-definition images, and more. The goal with RCS is to bring SMS and MMS to feature parity with the likes of Facebook Messenger, and Google has been leading the charge on that front. Earlier this year, the company rebranded Messenger to Android Messages, making it the de facto messaging app for RCS.

Google  [Read More…]

Essential plans to expand Phone sales to carriers soon, ship near-stock Android software

New details on the Essential Phone emerge — and they look positive.

Essential is getting a whole lot of attention after it finally announced the Essential Phone with its pretty excellent-looking hardware and unique features. The only issue for those excited about it is that it still isn’t actually for sale — there’s a “reserve” system in which you can drop the required $ 699 to get on the list for one when it ships, with no  [Read More…]