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T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint customer location data being bought by bounty hunters

T-Mobile was a part of a location data scandal last year in which a website allowed anyone to track the location of any phone, and now it looks like another location data issue has popped up in 2019. A new report from Motherboard details how T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to customer location data. Specifically in the case of T-Mobile, a bounty hunter was paid $300 and was able to get the a … [read full article]

FCC may be investigating T-Mobile and Verizon for overstating their coverage

T-Mobile may be under investigation by the FCC. The FCC recently announced that it’s launched an investigation “into whether one or more major carriers violated the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction’s mapping rules and submitted incorrect coverage maps.” While the FCC hasn’t named the carriers it’s investigating, a filing from the Rural Wireless Association suggests that they could be T-Mobile and Verizon. The RWA says that several of its members completed … [read full article]

U.S. carriers talk more about Mobile Authentication Taskforce and Project Verify

Details on the major four U.S. carriers’ Mobile Authentication Taskforce have been trickling out over the past year, and today a little more information has been revealed. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon gave a preview of their Mobile Authentication Taskforce’s Project Verify effort this week, detailing how they plan to beef up user security that’s less dependent on passwords. The prototype uses the carriers’ proprietary, network-based authentication features and other methods to verify a user’s … [read full article]

Two new reports say T-Mobile is the fastest carrier in the U.S.

Ookla and OpenSignal both released reports today on the state of U.S. mobile networks, and T-Mobile did pretty well for itself in both. T-Mobile was the fastest carrier in the U.S. in the first and second quarters of 2018, says Ookla. T-Mobile finished with a Speed Score of 27.86, with Verizon coming in second at 26.02, AT&T in third with 22.17, and Sprint in fourth with 20.38. The Speed Score is a metric that incorporates … [read full article]

T-Mobile customers spend less time on Wi-Fi than those on other U.S. carriers, says report

OpenSignal normally gives us info on the state of U.S. carrier networks, but this week the group put out a slightly different report. According to OpenSignal, T-Mobile customers spend less time on Wi-Fi than customers on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. T-Mo customers spend 41 percent of their time on Wi-Fi, which is down from 43 percent one year ago. To compare, AT&T customers spend 49 percent of their time on Wi-Fi, Sprint customers spend 51 … [read full article]

More details on U.S. carriers’ Mobile Authentication Taskforce announced

Last year, we got word that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon were coming together to for the Mobile Authentication Taskforce with the goal of creating a mobile identification system to fight identity risks. Fast-forward several months and the group has started to share details of what it’s cooking up. The Mobile Authentication Taskforce is creating a “highly secure and trusted multi-factor authentication platform” that’s powered by the networks of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. With … [read full article]

NAD issues decision on Verizon complaint about T-Mobile 4G LTE advertising

Hot on the heels of AT&T filing a complaint with the National Advertising Division (NAD) over T-Mobile’s claymation holiday video, a decision  on another NAD complaint related to T-Mo has come out. The NAD has issued a compliance report on a Verizon complaint about T-Mobile’s 4G LTE advertising, which covers three aspects: network speed, network age, and network coverage. When it comes to network speed, the NAD was concerned that the crowdsourced data referenced by … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s fastest 4G LTE network claim met with skepticism by advertising group

T-Mobile likes to tout the speed of its 4G LTE network, often saying that it’s the fastest in the U.S. Recently, though, that claim was met with some skepticism. The National Advertising Division, which is overseen by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, has recommended that T-Mobile stop claiming that it has the fastest 4G LTE network. This is following a complaint from Verizon, which argued that the results T-Mo was basing its claim on … [read full article]

T-Mobile comes out on top in another U.S. mobile network report

Days after Ookla declared T-Mobile to have the fastest mobile network in the U.S., another report has come out to support Ookla’s claim. Wirefly released its 2017 Internet Speed Rankings today, saying that T-Mobile had the fastest network in the U.S. in the first half of 2017. According to the results of Wirefly’s results, T-Mobile had an overall speed of 21.06 Mbps. Verizon finished with 20.91 Mbps, AT&T had 16.33 Mbps, and Sprint had 14.82 … [read full article]

T-Mobile partnering with other three major U.S. carriers to form Mobile Authentication Taskforce

Typically when we hear about AT&T and Verizon, it’s because John Legere is mocking one of their new rate plans or some other move they’ve made. That’s not the case today, though. T-Mobile is partnering with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon to form the Mobile Authentication Taskforce. This group will work to create a mobile authentication solution that’ll fight identity risks by analyzing data and activity patterns on a network to predict whether or not a user … [read full article]