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New rules to tighten regulation of US broadband providers are not too invasive and are needed to defend consumers' interests and openness on the Internet, the chairman of the US telecommunications industry watchdog said.
Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing "kill switches" that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said.
Emergency responders will be able to better locate callers who dial 911 on their cellphones from indoors as the US wireless industry improves caller-location for the majority of such calls over the next six years.
Smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen under a bill signed Monday by Governor Jerry Brown, the latest effort to stem an epidemic of phone theft in the most populous US state.
All smartphones sold in California would have to come with a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen under a bill passed by the legislature on Monday, the latest effort to stem an epidemic of phone theft in the most populous US state.
The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved bringing before the full Senate legislation that would give mobile phone users the right to "unlock" their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal.
Google and Microsoft plan to join Apple in introducing theft-deterring "kill switches" in their smartphone operating systems, as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies.
T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday it's offering at least a million cellphone users the chance to use an Apple Inc iPhone in a free one-week trial of the No. 4 US wireless carrier's network with unlimited access.