Sunday, 19 August, 2018

AT&T, Verizon, And T-Mobile Are In Trouble For Being Shady

AT&T, Verizon under DoJ antitrust investigation for possible eSIM collusion, report says Verizon, AT&T fall on report DOJ is probing collusion (updated)
Stacy Houston | 21 April, 2018, 13:54

Read the NY Times report here.

The newspaper also reported that the Justice Department has demanded information from GSMA, a mobile communications industry group.

Apple and other equipment makers have complained to the Justice Department about wireless carrier practices related to eSIM technology, two sources familiar with the matter said.

eSIMs are at the heart of Microsoft's Always-Connected PC initiative, and Windows 10 Redstone 4 is set to make it easy to buy data plans from carriers simply by downloading an app from the Microsoft Store, similar to how one can buy a WIFI data plan. Since Verizon and AT&T are the two largest wireless operators in the states, supporting eSIM technology could cause the pair to lose a number of subscribers.

The Department of Justice and the GSMA, the telecommunications standard setting group, declined to comment on news of the investigation.

The investigation highlights a push by the Justice Department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, to crack down on the opaque world of intellectual property, or I.P., standards. Verizon has denied any wrongdoing.

Castro's Exit Won't Change Much For Cuba
He succeeded his older brother, Fidel Castro, as president in 2006 after the elder Castro stepped aside due to illness. The government has nominated First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel as the sole candidate for president.

The accusations regarding this issue are much ado about nothing.

The investigation comes as the Justice Department is suing AT&T to block its $85 billion merger with Time Warner. Delrahim has said the deal will hurt competition and lead to higher prices for cable customers. Those on the Google carrier do not receive a SIM card when ordering the phone, with service activated and connected during the initial setup process.

Observers of the trial say AT&T appears to have an advantage after exposing weaknesses in the government's pricing power claims.

The person also said the Justice Department previously examined this matter in 2016, but ended up dropping the investigation.

MacRumors covered Apple Watch 3 with LTE and eSIM cards having problems with AT&T going back to last September. This would make it impossible for customers to switch carriers and runs counter to the goal of eSIM. Verizon further argues that locking down phones is to prevent theft and fraud.

"There is a constant problem with industry standards-setting organizations that on the one hand allow the industry to come together for the goal of efficiency but can be very anti-competitive and operate in secrecy", Feld said.

Recommended

  • Date set for Eagles vs. Jaguars in London

    Date set for Eagles vs. Jaguars in London

    Mexico and it's internationally famous stadium, Estadio Azteca, will see two of last year's playoff teams facing off. The 2018 NFL schedule will be released on NFL Network and NFL.com Thursday, April 19 at 5:00 PM PT.
    76ers star doubtful for Game 3 with facial fracture

    76ers star doubtful for Game 3 with facial fracture

    With AP Photos.Joel Embiid remains listed as doubtful for Game 3 of Philadelphia's Eastern Conference playoff series at Miami . Whatever the outcome of the above, Thursday night's Game 3 figures to be a turning pivotal turning point in the series .
    Japanese companies ask Rusal to stop shipping aluminum after U.S.  sanctions

    Japanese companies ask Rusal to stop shipping aluminum after U.S. sanctions

    Commerce Department said it has made a preliminary determination that aluminium sheet imports from China are being subsidized. First-quarter production expanded 0.3 percent to 8.12 million tons.
  • Karnataka polls: Bharatiya Janata Party issues second list of 82 candidates

    Karnataka polls: Bharatiya Janata Party issues second list of 82 candidates

    Kumta remains as the only seat from Uttara Kannada District where the candidate is yet to be announced by BJP . Whereas, the Congress party for the first time has given tickets to 15 women.
    Moto Z Play Receives Android 8.O Oreo Update in India

    Moto Z Play Receives Android 8.O Oreo Update in India

    Finally it's worth noting that, while the Moto G6 isn't officially water resistant, it has been treated with a P2i nano-coating. They're known for offering some of the best budget phones on the market, and here's everything to know about the 2018 Moto G6 .
    Amazon Hits 100000000 Prime Subscribers

    Amazon Hits 100000000 Prime Subscribers

    Consumer intelligence research has shown that Amazon Prime members shop on the site almost twice as often as non-prime members. As for sales of some of Amazon's other heavily promoted products and services, Bezos remained typically vague.
  • Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Make It a Court Side Date Night!

    Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Make It a Court Side Date Night!

    A woman said, "She has so many people doing things for her baby on a daily basis, Stormi probably won't even know she's gone". The 20-year-old new mom was hit with some parenting heat when she shared a photo with her Lamborghini on Wednesday.
    Oil extends rally before OPEC meeting after USA  stockpiles fall

    Oil extends rally before OPEC meeting after USA stockpiles fall

    OPEC's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee will recommend to OPEC whether the deal should be extended into 2019. OPEC and non-OPEC oil ministers will meet in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia today to discuss their oil production cut deal.
    Fortnite Battle Royale Removes Guided Missile; Other Tweaks Inbound

    Fortnite Battle Royale Removes Guided Missile; Other Tweaks Inbound

    Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are on top of the world right now, aided by the recent mobile releases of both. Earlier this week we heard that Activision's Call of Duty Black Ops 4 may have a Battle Royale mode , now it's the turn of EA.
  • This Is Why Khloé Kardashian's Daughter Doesn't Have Her Last Name

    This Is Why Khloé Kardashian's Daughter Doesn't Have Her Last Name

    Khloe is a romantic through and through. " Khloe's chosen to forgive him [Tristan] and she expects everyone else to move on too". Ideally, this would be a time of excitement for the arrival of a new baby , but sadly this is not the case.
    Prince's doctor denies illegal prescription

    Prince's doctor denies illegal prescription

    The Purple Rain singer died at his estate in April 2016 at the age of 57 after consuming a lethal dose of painkillers. Schulenberg and asked if he could provide Prince with some pain medication as his hip was causing him pain.
    Regulatory Filings Likely Reveal iPhone SE 2

    Regulatory Filings Likely Reveal iPhone SE 2

    With the possibility of new flagships out of the way, the EEC model numbers may correspond to new iPhone SE devices. According to KGI, the new dual-SIM iPhone would create another price segment for the iPhone.

Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 Play Price, Specification, Features & More Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 Play Price, Specification, Features & More RAM : 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage , 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage , expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD. Motorola is planning to sell the Moto E5 in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America at €149 (about $183 or Rs 12120).

Pawan Kalyan huddles up with legal team at film chamber Pawan Kalyan huddles up with legal team at film chamber With what proofs in hand, Janasena president Pawan Kalyan has openly accused TV9 and ABN owners of conspiring against him. The star slammed the media which has allegedly been using Sri Reddy's rant against him to boost their TRPs.

Nokia launches R3,999 Nokia 6 in South Africa Nokia launches R3,999 Nokia 6 in South Africa Nokia 7 Plus will be available at a recommended best price of Rs. 25,999 and comes in Black/Copper and White/Copper colours. Nokia 8 Sirocco customers on Airtel will also get an extended free subscription to the Airtel TV app till 31 December 2018.

Senate summons Police IG, DG DSS over invasion, stolen mace Senate summons Police IG, DG DSS over invasion, stolen mace Spiritual charms have been recovered from the thugs that invaded the Senate's chamber on Wednesday and stole its Mace . The accusation led to the arrest of the Senator by the police later, same day.

Missouri Gov. Greitens indicted on felony computer-tampering charge Missouri Gov. Greitens indicted on felony computer-tampering charge The governor later filed requests for a restraining order against Hawley and a special prosecutor in The Mission Continues case. He added, "Until then, I will do what the people of Missouri sent me here to do: to serve them and work hard on their behalf".

Israel 'Struck Advanced Iranian Air-defense System' in Syria Israel 'Struck Advanced Iranian Air-defense System' in Syria Hezbollah would certainly retaliate on behalf of Iran, and the Iranians would certainly fire a missile barrage at Israel as well. On the contrary, Iran may already be laying the groundwork for a permanent presence on its Syrian client's territory.

Play-offs: James inspires Cavs to level series Play-offs: James inspires Cavs to level series Korver scored 12 points and Smith had a huge late-game layup after he stole the ball from Oladipo at midcourt. Hell, you have to go all the way back to the 2010 NBA Finals to find one that LeBron wasn't in.

Marshfield Younkers to close Marshfield Younkers to close Bon-Ton operates stores under a variety of names including Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Carson's, Younkers and Herberger's. Going-out-of-business sales will start Friday at all Bon-Ton stores, two days after a U.S.

Queen's mention of Prince Charles as Commonwealth successor was no flippant remark Queen's mention of Prince Charles as Commonwealth successor was no flippant remark Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull still supports staying in the Commonwealth under future monarch Prince Charles . Charles, 69, told Commonwealth leaders the body had been "a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember".

CN Tower, surrounding buildings closed due to concerns about falling ice CN Tower, surrounding buildings closed due to concerns about falling ice ET, with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first, according to the team. It led to a scary moment on the Royals team bus , and it has been particularly troublesome for Rogers Centre .

Giants Are Cutting WR Brandon Marshall After One Season Giants Are Cutting WR Brandon Marshall After One Season He was hurt against the Los Angeles Chargers in early October and had season-ending surgery to stabilize his ankle. Marshall signed a two-year deal with the Giants last offseason after the Jets cut him during their roster purge .

Power restored to 1 million in Puerto Rico after total blackout Power restored to 1 million in Puerto Rico after total blackout Within hours, long lines were reported at local gas stations and gridlock at some of the larger intersections in the San Juan area.

Justice Loya case: Here's the entire chronology of events Justice Loya case: Here's the entire chronology of events In a scathing verdict, bench headed by CJI raps petitioners and lawyers for attempting to "scandalise" the judiciary . The evidence available has led the apex court to believe that Loya did, indeed, die of natural causes.

Carroll answers Hammers' SOS call to crank up heat on Stoke Carroll answers Hammers' SOS call to crank up heat on Stoke The point left West Ham seven points clear of the relegation zone. "We've still got four games so no-one is safe". Premier League - Follow the Football match between West Ham United and Stoke City live with Eurosport.

Trump tax cuts will reduce Apco bills as of July Trump tax cuts will reduce Apco bills as of July There are, however, proposed legislative fixes to end the practice of offshoring jobs. Below are charts that spell out exactly how your taxes will change.