NTT Docomo bundles mobile and broadband, shaking up sector

| Feb 17, 2015

NTT Docomo bundles mobile and broadband, shaking up sector

NTT Docomo Inc. is set to launch a discount mobile phone price plan bundled with broadband communications that use the fiber-optic networks of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. group companies, in a move that’s expected to spur competition in the industry. The nation’s largest ...

Feb 12, 2015

NTT Docomo to hang up on expats in U.S. in 2016

NTT Docomo Inc. is set to terminate its mobile phone service for Japanese people in the United States next year in a move that would mark the effective withdrawal of Japan’s largest mobile carrier from the giant market. It would also highlight the urgent ...

Jan 1, 2015

Senators seek information on FBI phone tracking

Leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they were seeking answers from the Obama administration about federal law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology that sweeps up basic cellphone data. In a bipartisan letter to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Sens. ...

Oct 28, 2014

SIM locks on cellphones to be removed next summer

The communications ministry is getting ready to urge mobile carriers to remove subscriber identity module locks from mobile phones next summer, which would make it easier for consumers to change service providers, sources said. Customers will be able to change mobile carrier but keep ...

Jul 7, 2014

U.S. tightens security on electronics at overseas airports

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said Sunday. The new measure is part of the TSA’s effort announced last week to ...

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Jun 6, 2014

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network without seeking permission. The company outlined the details in a report that is ...

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Jun 6, 2014

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank Corp. and Sprint Corp., won’t be able to ride the regulatory coattails of pending U.S. telecommunications deals if he decides to buy T-Mobile US Inc. Regulators are preparing to vet proposed acquisitions worth more than $45 billion each from ...

May 10, 2014

Court sides with U.S. in cellphone-tracking records case

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant’s conviction, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes. The ruling came in ...