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Per an article in FierceWireless (link below), While T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint is currently going nowhere due to the nation’s longest government shutdown, other issues are coming up that could complicate what previously appeared to be a likely positive outcome for the companies. An investigation by The Washington Post found that high-ranking T-Mobile executives stayed at Read more…

Microsoft has announced that they will end support for Windows 10 Mobile devices by December. This appears to be the “final blow” since in 2017 the company stopped developing new hardware or features for Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft will no longer release any security updates as of December 10, 2019. Devices that will continue to operate after Read more…

Last May, “Verizon” launched Visible – a new prepaid MVNO. At launch, you had to have an invite code to join. Then, in September, they removed the invite code and opened Visible to all. Well, all who had an iPhone. However, earlier this month, Visible sent out a tweet saying it will be available to Android devices. Read more…

It’s a great question – and one asked to me by a member of the NWIDA Board of Directors – Do the other MVNOs have the same “drop dead” date for activating 3G devices. So we asked them. We emailed a number of Sprint MVNOs and asked if they received the same date from Sprint. So far Read more…

BBC Report – ‘Right to repair’ gathers force in EU and USA According to a report from the BBC (link below), “help is at hand” as citizens in the EU and parts of the USA will soon get a “right to repair” – of sorts. It consists of a series of proposals from European environment ministers to force Read more…

Recently, a Boost Mobile customer shared a message he received from the MVNO that shows that the network will no longer support 3G devices after April 30, 2019. After this date, Boost Mobile will no longer reactivate service on any 3G device. Boost stated that customers who are still using 3G devices will endure “possible interruptions” in their Read more…

Huawei Technologies’ exports back to China from a Silicon Valley unit are now being blocked, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. Citing anonymous sources, the WSJ said the U.S. Commerce Department barred Futurewei from sending back high-speed data-transfer technologies, a move that the Chinese telecommunications giant is contesting. Its imports to the U.S. have already Read more…

News regarding Verizon 3G activations. Once again, Verizon has apparently extended the 3G Activation “kill date.” Originally scheduled for June 30, 2018, Verizon extended it to December 31, 2018. Now it appears it’s been extended again – to April 30, 2019. Prepaid Phone News (link below) reports the news from a Verizon Prepaid Master as well as Read more…

In a statement to attendees, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) confirmed that its annual summit of the industry will face some effects of the U.S. government shutdown. Because of the shutdown, a number of government officials who were scheduled to speak and be involved with different panel discussions at CES 2019 have informed the association they’ve had Read more…

According to an article in theverge.com (link below), the FCC has wound down most of its operations. Should its lapsed funding not be restored, the commission says “all FCC activities will cease” as of mid-day Thursday, January 3rd, “other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property, performing other excepted activities, or those funded Read more…

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