Posts From Victor Wright

Victor Wright
Victor Wright

A web development nerd with an interest in cell carriers and all things gadget and tech.

The FCC is finally stepping in to fight SIM swapping scams

SIM swap attacks and port-out fraud are major issues, with incidents happening almost daily in the U.S. Now, the FCC is stepping in. Thieves have been exploiting carrier customer services to commandeer a person's mobile phone line without ever having physical access to the original phone. This gives the attacker access to a person's SMS-based two-factor...

Some iPhone 13 users are having trouble connecting to Verizon’s 5G UW network

The iPhone 13 released only a few days ago, and Verizon had some pretty great deals. It seems, however, that some of those shiny new phones are having issues connecting to the carrier's faster 5G network. Multiple reports across Reddit indicate there's some sort of issue with the 5G connection on the new iPhone 13 series....

T-Mobile’s “Keep & Switch” promotion now offers up to $800 rebate card for switchers

T-Mobile's "Keep & Switch" promotion is getting an upgrade. Now, customers who switch to the "Uncarrier" can get up to $800 back via a virtual prepaid rebate card. The bonus, offered only for a limited time, allows customers that switch from a competing network to get a rebate card to offset the cost of paying off...

Discord is rolling out native YouTube “Watch Together” integration

A few weeks ago, YouTube shut down two popular music bots on the Discord platform. Those bots allowed millions of users to listen to music from YouTube on the messaging and social platform. Discord is preparing to introduce a new "Watch Together" feature to help ease the pain of those shutdowns. As spotted by The Verge, Discord...

T-Mobile announces expanded Home Internet availability, focusing on 4 southern states

The self-proclaimed "Uncarrier" announced today that access to T-Mobile Home Internet has been expanded across 51 cities and towns in 4 key southern states. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are specifically mentioned in the news brief, with T-Mobile stating "the traditional landline ISPs have failed the south". Nearly 1 million people lack access to...

Google is reportedly working on a second foldable Pixel phone

Google's next big update to Android will be Android 12, but signs point to a 12.1 update in the future that will improve the foldable phone experience. We've seen rumors of a foldable Pixel code-named "Passport" that could release late this year, and now it seems Google may be working on a second foldable Pixel...

Verizon offers up to $1000 off a new iPhone 13 with a trade-in

It's iPhone season, so of course, the major carriers are all competing for your wallet. Verizon is coming out swinging with a promotion offering up to $1,000 off a new iPhone 13 series device with select trade-ins, even if your trade-in device is broken. You just need one of their premium plans to get top...

Samsung’s One UI 4 Beta unlocks eSIM support on the U.S. Galaxy S21

Samsung recently launched its One UI 4 Beta for the Galaxy S21 line, and it looks like eSIM was added along with it. As spotted by users on Reddit and Max Weinbach on Twitter, the One UI 4 Beta unlocks eSIM support for the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra. On most phones, customers need...

T-Mobile is upgrading 500 stores to offer same-day device repair

T-Mobile customers will soon be able to take advantage of same-day device repair services in 500 stores across the U.S. That means if you pick up a new iPhone 13 or another phone through the carrier, you may not have to wait very long to get it fixed. As announced by the company on its blog,...

T-Mobile finally confirms when its 3G UMTS network will shut down

Carriers are quickly moving to re-farm their older network technology, and now T-Mobile has confirmed a new date for its 3G UMTS shutdown. July 1st, 2022, is the new confirmed shutdown date for T-Mobile's original 3G network. A leaked document last month seemed to indicate the 3G UMTS shutdown was set for October of this year,...

T-Mobile removing DIGITs promo placed in error from 200k accounts

If you have a free Proxy by DIGITs line with T-Mobile, you'll want to keep an eye out on your bill. Starting today, September 15th, T-Mobile is sending out SMS warning notifications to approximately 200,000 account holders. That message states that a free DIGITs line promotion was added in error. It will soon be removed, and...

Your phone’s new 5G UC icon tells you if you’re on T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G

Carriers have a long history of customizing the network connection icon on devices, ranging from AT&T's "5Ge", which isn't actually 5G at all, to Verizon's "5G UW", for their Ultra Wideband network. T-Mobile has shared it is now joining in with its own 5G UC icon for its Ultra Capacity 5G network. Starting with the iPhone...