Update: Sprint says it's no longer using Carrier IQ
Sprint, in its reponse to U.S. Sen. Al Franken over its use of the Carrier IQ software, goes into great detail about how and why it needs and uses such analytic data, reiterating that "The Carrier IQ diagnostic tool can help Sprint engineers understand the functionality (or not) of handset appliations when connecting with the network and steps...
See what we did there (again)?
Verizon today announced that on Dec. 15 (that'd be tomorrow) it's adding the following cities to its 4G LTE roster:
Duluth, The Rochester Area and St. Cloud, Minn.
Findlay/Tiffin and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio
Carrier IQ, the company that everyone -- for right or wrong -- has come to hate of late has released a document explaining in plain English how it does what it does. "Understanding Carrier IQ Technology -- What Carrier IQ Does and Does Not Do" was released on Carrier IQ's website late Dec. 12 and is a PDF that details what Carrier IQ is, how it's loaded on devices (and what kinds of devices it...
Our mantra around here is that you should aways start and end your day with Android Central -- we're the center of the Android Universe, after all. But when we're not busy stroking our own egos, we're busy stroking other people's and reading everything we can get our hands on. And there's been some damn fine work regarding the Carrier IQ saga from people we respect that you must read. Here's a...
Chalk up another carrier in the "No" column when it comes to Carrier IQ, apparently. Regional carrier US Cellular, in an internal memo, USC says unequivocably, "None of our devices have this software/applications embedded." Here's the full skinny:
Many of you may have received inquiries from customers regarding USC's usage of Carrier IQ Software that has been in news articles the last few days...
Carrier IQ has issued a new press release defending its business and reminding us all that it works not unilaterally, but for the operator -- the carrier. The nut:
Carrier IQ acts as an agent for the Operators. Each implementation is different and the diagnostic information actually gathered is determined by our customers – the mobile Operators. Carrier IQ does not gather any other data from...
T-Mobile today announced that it's launching its high-speed, 42Mbps network in 11 new markets today, and expanding its 21Mbps network in nine others.
Included in the HSPA+ 42 launch are: Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Ore.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Champaign–Urbana and Springfield, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; Hagerstown, Md.; Montgomery, Ala; and Yuba City, Calif.
Seeing HSPA+ 21 service for...
Sprint today is detailing new data plans for tablets and its mobile broadband (ie non-smartphone) devices, with several options for each. Here's the breakdown; all pricing includes 3G and 4G data:
$19.99 for 1GB of data
$34.99 for 3GB of data
$49.99 for 6GB of data
$79.99 for 12GB of data
The 1 GB and 3 GB only apply to tablets and not Sprint's other mobile broadband devices....
Just a few days ago we saw the HTC Thunderbolt get a semi-functional MIUI port, and today we were graced with the good news that the data and SMS issues have been resolved. Developer DroidVicious tweeted out that another developer who had been helping out, Reid Holland, was able to get data fully functional on the device. This news is huge for HTC Thunderbolt owners who have been wanting some...
With the announcement of the Motorola Droid RAZR, Verizon also confirmed some new double data LTE plans to go along with it. More data is always a good thing, so we're gald to see it happening on Verizon. So what are they all about and how can you get into them?
Eligibility – Twice the Data
All customer types are eligible including consumers, business and Verizon Wireless employees.
Verizon's been teasing a Nov. 11 launch for the Motorola Droid RAZR, and this morning it's made it official. And, lining up with the news we broke last week, stores will open at 11:11 a.m. local time. (It's all to celebrate November being the launch month of the original Motorola Droid, they tell us.)
Oh, but there's more. Verizon's celebrating with some limited-edition data plans to go with it...
US Cellular this afternoon announced that it's launching a 4G LTE network in the first quarter of 2012, with select cities in six states getting the nod.
The markets that will initially have the LTE data, which is being provided in conjunction with King Street Wireless, are:
Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison and Racine
Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport
Maine: Portland and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Oct 2011 4:27 pm
Market research firm IDC has named Carrier IQ -- a name that provokes a cringe or two -- one of the "companies to watch" for analytics groups under $100 million in revenue. Because it sells away data about your phone use -- telling your carrier what apps you use, how you use them, and when you use them -- we don't like it much around these parts. It's sneaky -- and sneaky is bad. How the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Oct 2011 5:56 pm
We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official. Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data. Depending on your...
T-Mobile has announced a few new additions to its pay-as-you-go 4G plans, available beginning today. For $60/month customers will receive unlimited talk, text and web with up to 2 GB data at 4G speeds. If you prefer to take things one day at a time, you'll now have three options: for $3/day, you'll have unlimited talk, text, and web with 200 MB of 4G data, while $2/day will get you unlimited...
Yep, looks like Verizon's in the midst of a pretty widespread data issue tonight, if you folks on Twitter are any indication. Could be worse, we suppose, but any outage is a bad outage, even if it is Sunday evening. Hope Verizon's IT folks didn't have anything planned.
Anyhoo, voice your displeasure in the comments.
We're knee deep into Sprint's "Strategy/Network" update. The big (yet unsurprising) news is that, yes, it's moving to LTE. It'll be run on Sprint's 1900 MHz spectrum, with other spectrum to follow, including LightSquared's 1600MHz spectrum.
The first markets and devices are expected to be available in mid-2012.
Wimax devices, like the HTC EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, and...
Well, that was quick. Just a couple days after a so-called "massive security vulnerability" was discovered in a few HTC phones, the Taiwanese manufacturer says a fix is on the way. Telling Phonescoop:
"HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm...
(And it doesn't mean the sky is falling)
Update (Oct. 4): HTC says a fix is on the way. Original follows.
Another week, another bit of scary news that nobody is taking the time to properly explain. This time it's more HTC data logging, and the way HTC is handling the data it collects. Exposed in technical detail by Android Police, you'll see this spread all over the Internet for the next few...
More in the Amaze 4G forums
T-Mobile today announced the HTC Amaze 4G, coming to its network on Oct. 12, with preorders starting Oct. 12. It'll cost $259 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate.
Here are the major specs of the Amaze 4G:
4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display
Dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
8MP rear camera
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