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Port Out Scam

How Criminals Recruit Telecom Employees to Help Them Hijack SIM Cards

Sources who work for some of America’s major cellphone carriers tell us how criminals are trying to recruit them to help find new targets.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.3.18
Port Out Scam

The SIM Hijackers

Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.17.18
big telecom

T-Mobile CEO Tells Congress That Reducing Competition Will Increase Competition

T-Mobile and Sprint are trying to merge, which would make three major cell phone providers instead of four.
Karl Bode
6.29.18
I See You

Bail Bond Company Let Bounty Hunters Track Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Phones for $7.50

Low-level enforcement were able to monitor phones nationwide with minimal legal oversight. But the predatory bail bonds industry provided a similar, and cheap, service to bounty hunters to track down individuals.
Joseph Cox
6.22.18
trickle down

Cops Can Find the Location of Any Phone in the Country in Seconds, and a Senator Wants to Know Why

Here are the letters Senator Ron Wyden sent to mobile carriers and the FCC demanding answers and action on the recently highlighted law enforcement service to easily track phones across the country.
Joseph Cox
5.11.18
#winning

The ‘Race to 5G’ Is Just Mindless Marketing Bullshit

Buried beneath the hype around 5G rests a growing sense that wireless carriers are aggressively over-selling the technology’s potential.
Karl Bode
5.4.18
T-Mobile

The T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Will Be Terrible For Consumers

Eliminate one of four carriers and the incentive to compete on price is reduced proportionally. Of course, T-Mobile and Sprint executives spent most of the weekend trying to claim the exact opposite.
Karl Bode
4.30.18
Streaming Music

Why Sprint Buying a Chunk of Tidal Scares Net Neutrality Advocates

The specter of zero-rating looms over Sprint now owning one-third of Jay-Z's streaming music service.
Chris Brantner
2.3.17
streaming

America’s 4G Carriers Are Bracing Themselves For Trump Inauguration Livestreams

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have all geared up for Friday’s streaming frenzy.
Ben Sullivan
1.17.17
short circuit

It's Crazy That the Best Smartphone Is Stuck Running an Old Version of Android

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is caught up in the mess that is carrier-controled Android updates.
Nicholas Deleon
8.23.16
kickstarter

Medium, Mozilla, and Kickstarter Signed a Letter Against Zero-Rating

Coalition of tech and advocacy groups urges FCC to open zero-rating review to public scrutiny.
Sam Gustin
5.24.16
Motherboard Blog

Here’s How To Avoid Verizon’s New $20 Upgrade Fee

Why pay if you don't have to?
Nicholas Deleon
3.31.16