Mobile Phone News


Posts from January, 2012

New Website Helps You Manage Your Mobile Data



New Website Helps You Manage Your Mobile Data

A new website, What Is My Cap, created by nonprofit groups Mozilla Foundation, Public Knowledge and Open Source Democracy Foundation has just launched with the express purpose of comparing data plans of the major mobile phone carriers.

All of the major phone carriers, with the exception to date of Sprint, have placed caps on their data plans, with overage fees or throttling occurring after the cap is reached. Throttling is when the company slows down the speed of data exchange in… Full Post >>

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Posts from September, 2011

Parental Control Options for Cell Phones



Are you a parent of teens or tweens that have or want cell phones? According to the Pew Research center about 75% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones. As technology advances and younger and younger kids are getting cell phones, parents too have to adapt and figure out how to protect their children in a digital world.

It’s important that parents are aware of the options for purchasing cell phones for their children as well as the parental control available with different service providers.

All… Full Post >>

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AT&T/T-Mobile Blocked by DOJ



AT&T/T-Mobile Blocked by DOJ

In a rather sudden and unexpected move, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.  The DOJ stated in a press release that

“The proposed $39 billion transaction would substantially lessen competition for mobile wireless telecommunications services across the United States, resulting in higher prices, poorer quality services, fewer choices and fewer innovative products for the millions of American consumers who rely on mobile wireless services in their everyday lives.”


Amelia Deloney of the… Full Post >>

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Posts from July, 2011

Mobile Data Plans: Managing your Cap



Mobile Data Plans: Managing your Cap

It has been about one year since AT&T stopped offering unlimited data plans to new smartphone customers and now Verizon has followed suit. Existing customers can still be grandfathered into unlimited data plans, but this decision is representative of a larger trend in wireless data use.  According to a white paper from Cisco, “Global mobile data traffic grew 2.6-fold in 2010, nearly tripling for the third year in a row.” The white paper also indicates that data use per smartphone has more than doubled in 2010,… Full Post >>

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Posts from June, 2011

Detecting Phone Scams



Detecting Phone Scams

It’s good to be aware of phone scams when you answer the phone. Although many scams are performed online, phone scams are more common than you may realize.  Telephone fraud can take many different forms and phone scams can even be used in conjunction with information obtained on the internet or other forms of fraud. Unfortunately, some types of phone scams even target senior citizens.


Here are a few local examples of recent phone scams. In Clackamas County, fraudulent callers asked for financial information using… Full Post >>

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CUB Executive Director “Crammed” on Phone Bill



CUB Executive Director “Crammed” on Phone Bill

According to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website cramming is the practice of placing unauthorized, misleading or deceptive charges on your telephone bill.  These unauthorized charges can be intentional or unintentional and often are missed by consumers. Phone bills are often confusing and have a lot of different small charges included, and crammers rely on this to hide unwarranted charges in consumer’s bills. According to the FCC, these charges may be any of the following: “service fee,” “service charge,” “other fees,” “voicemail,” “mail server,”… Full Post >>

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Posts from May, 2011

Consumer Protection Issues in the Mobile Marketplace



On May 19, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a press release summarizing its Prepared Statement on Consumer Protection Issues in the Mobile Marketplace to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.


The prepared statement from the FTC was given by David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The FTC press release states that, “while mobile technology, such as smart phones, is giving consumers a vast array of new products and services, it… Full Post >>

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Update on the AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA



Update on the AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA

Earlier today, The US House Judiciary Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee held a hearing “How Will the Proposed Merger Between AT&T and T-Mobile Affect Wireless Telecommunications Competition?” Following is a summary on what has happened since the merger was first announced.


On March 20, AT&T announced that it will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion.  Before this merger can be completed, it must be approved by both the Federal Communications Commission… Full Post >>

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Study Shows Increase In Cell Phone-Only Households



Study Shows Increase In Cell Phone-Only Households

Does your home have a landline?

If you are like 30.6% of Oregon households that are “wireless only”, then the answer is no. Oregon is at the forefront of a national trend that has seen a transition away from residential landlines to an increasing number of households that exclusively use cell phones. According to a report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)  , “As of the first half of 2010, more than one in four American households (26.6%) had only wireless telephones— an… Full Post >>

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Posts from April, 2011

AT&T Preparing to Buy T-Mobile



Today, AT&T Inc. announced that they will be acquiring T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. The deal has been approved by both companies but has yet to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the regulatory body who will assess the acquisition contract, make necessary changes and provide conditions that the companies must follow before they approve the agreement. CUB Connects will make sure to stay up-to-date with the acquisition and inform consumers of any details or advances in the process that may affect current AT&T or T-Mobile… Full Post >>

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