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Smartphone theft drops in London, 2 US cities as anti-theft 'kill switches' installed

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.

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Google super-fast US Internet service spreads

Google’s super-fast Internet service — up to 100 times quicker than basic broadband — is heading for four more US metropolitan areas as the technology titan ramps up pressure on cable service giants.

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Deal to spur better 911 call locating for US cellphone users

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.

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California to require anti-theft 'kill switches' on smartphones

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.

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California bill would require anti-theft 'kill switches' on smartphones

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.

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US Senate committee advances bill on cellphone unlocking

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.

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Google, Microsoft to add smartphone 'kill' switches

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.

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T-Mobile offers one-week network test drive, free music streaming to lure customers

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.

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US airlines agree to new cellphone 'unlocking' policy

WASHINGTON: Major U.S. wireless carriers on Thursday pledged to make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones for use on competitors' networks, responding to pressure from consumer groups and the top U.S. communications regulator.

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US carriers agree to new cellphone 'unlocking' policy

Major US wireless carriers on Thursday pledged to make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones for use on competitors' networks, responding to pressure from consumer groups and the top US communications regulator.