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TECH 16 Dec 2016 | 12:00 AM

In-flight phone calls could be coming to an airplane seat near you

It's the one safe zone where people are exempt from having to listen in on personal phone calls and family dramas, but a loophole in air travel regulations could allow fliers to place in-flight phone calls as long as travellers are notified before their ticket purchase.

TECH 08 Apr 2015 | 3:56 PM

US tracked phone calls for two decades in anti-drug programme: USA Today

The US government started keeping secret records of international phone calls made by Americans in 1992 in a programme intended to combat drug trafficking, USA Today reported, citing current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials.

TECH 26 Oct 2018 | 4:53 AM

White House rejects report on snooping of Trump’s phone calls

The White House said a New York Times article reporting that American spy agencies had detected Russian and Chinese eavesdropping on phone calls placed by US President Donald Trump on one of his iPhones included “inaccurate information”.

TECH 12 Sep 2013 | 2:12 PM

EU Commission unveils plan to cap cost of phone calls

The cost of cross border phone calls in Europe will be capped to the price of a long-distance domestic call, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday, announcing plans to further harmonise the EU's telecoms market.

TECH 01 Feb 2016 | 12:30 AM

Swiss Airlines to introduce WiFi and trial inflight phone calls on new aircraft

Swiss Airlines has announced a one-year trial of roaming mobile phone access on some of its services. The airline will also be bringing WiFi to all cabin classes of its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

TECH 18 Aug 2018 | 5:00 AM

More and more of us are using messenger apps for phone calls

Some things take too long to explain in writing – it's just easier to call. And nowadays, one in two users of messenger apps such as Signal, Threema and WhatsApp will use the internal phone functions of these applications to make that call.

TECH 01 Jul 2018 | 11:00 PM

Google Assistant will soon be able to make phone calls

Google is reportedly prepping its Duplex technology – presented at the Google I/O event in May 2018 – to roll out for testing this summer in the US.

TECH 27 May 2014 | 2:46 PM

Afghan anger at US monitoring 'nearly all' phone calls

Afghanistan on Sunday expressed anger at the United States for allegedly monitoring almost all the country's telephone conversations after revelations by the Wikileaks website.

TECH 21 Jun 2013 | 3:36 PM

India sets up elaborate system to tap phone calls, e-mail

The expanded surveillance says the Indian government will help safeguard national security.