Feb 08, 1:54 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Dawn Geske 02/08/19 AT 1:28 PM Sprint (S) has filed a lawsuit against AT&T (T) for allegedly misleading customers into believing that it offers a 5G wireless network.Through the suit, Sprint aims to stop AT&T from using designations and terms related to 5G such as 5GE, 5G-E, or 5G Evolution. Sprint is also looking for the court to determine if damages should be paid out in the lawsuit."The reality is that this network isn't 'new' and '5G E' is a false and misleading term," a spokesperson for Sprint said in a statement to CNBC. "AT&T is just like Sprint and all the other major wireless carriers currently operating a nationwide 4G LTE network."Court documents from the lawsuit explain Sprint’s complaint by saying, “the false claim that it is offering a 5G wireless network where it offers only a 4G LTE Advanced network, AT&T is attempting … [Read more...] about 5G Lawsuit: Sprint Sues AT&T For Allegedly Misleading Customers
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By Drew FitzGerald WSJ Sarah Krouse WSJ Fri., Jan. 11, 2019 T-Mobile US Inc. and AT&T Inc. said they would stop feeding individual customers’ real-time locations to data middlemen after a report suggested the sensitive information is easy to pull without users’ consent. Tech website Motherboard reported this week that it paid a bounty hunter $300 to locate a T-Mobile handset by tapping into a real-time feed that the carrier provided to an aggregator called Zumigo Inc. T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere said in a tweet earlier this week that the company is “completely ending location aggregator work” in March but will need time to “do it the right way to avoid impacting consumers who use these types of services for things like emergency assistance.” AT&T also said this week it would cut off data aggregators’ access to the information by March. The company said it wound down most location sharing last year … [Read more...] about T-Mobile, AT&T Pledge to Stop Location Sharing by End of March
By Hamza Shaban And Brian Fung | Washington Post PUBLISHED: January 11, 2019 at 6:39 am | UPDATED: January 11, 2019 at 6:39 am AT&T said Thursday that it will stop selling its customers’ location data to third-party service providers after a report this week said the information was winding up in the wrong hands. The announcement follows sharp demands by federal lawmakers for an investigation into the alleged misuse of data, which came to light when Motherboard revealed a complex chain of unauthorized information sharing that ended with a bounty hunter successfully tracking down a reporter’s device. AT&T had already suspended its data-sharing agreements with a number of so-called “location aggregators” last year in light of a congressional probe finding that some of Verizon’s location data was being misused by prison officials to spy on innocent Americans. AT&T also said at the time that it would be maintaining those of its agreements that … [Read more...] about AT&T says it’ll stop selling location data amid calls for a federal investigation
There’s a lot of money riding on whether wireless carriers and phone makers can make consumers understand the next generation of wireless service, 5G, and why they should want to buy into it. Many Americans are just now hearing of the new, faster service, which will deliver blazing speeds with very little latency. Meanwhile, the carriers are spending millions building the networks that will support the new service, and phone makers are working on the first wave of smartphones that will support it. That’s why it’s amazing that one of the industry’s biggest players is intentionally trying to confuse the marketplace about what 5G is, and when it will be arriving in your neighborhood. As it’s done before, AT&T is getting ahead of a wireless transition, and will begin labeling some of its 4G phones as 5G models. The company says that it’s justified in doing so because it’ll use the brand name “5G Evolution,” meaning that the … [Read more...] about How dumb do you think your customers are, AT&T?