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The “Freedom Phone” is an overpriced smartphone that doesn’t free you from anything

It's not every day that a new smartphone company pops up, claiming to offer a device that protects your "freedom of speech" from Big Tech. So, when Erik Finman, a self-proclaimed "Bitcoin millionaire," announced the Freedom Phone yesterday, it piqued our interest. Finman claims that the Freedom Phone is "the first major pushback on Big Tech...

Barely anyone is using mmWave 5G in the U.S.

Although 5G adoption in the US has seen a massive uptick in the last few months, a recent OpenSignal report suggests that barely anyone is using mmWave 5G. According to the report, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile users connect to a mmWave 5G network less than 1% of the time. The mmWave 5G experience report (via LightReading) reveals...

T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have rolled out the FCC’s anti-spoofing protocol

To combat spam calls and robocalls in the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set a deadline for the mandatory adoption of the STIR/SHAKEN protocol in March last year. The mandate required major carriers to comply with the anti-spoofing system for IP calls by June 30, 2021, and verify all calls using cryptographic certificates. All...

T-Mobile’s free 5G phone is now the OnePlus Nord N200

In April this year, T-Mobile announced the "5G for all" offer to promote 5G adoption. As part of the offer, T-Mobile postpaid subscribers could trade literally any functional device for a free Galaxy A32 5G, provided they pay the sales tax and continue using their T-Mobile plan for 24 months. T-Mobile has now updated the...

AT&T is leading in 5G speeds, but T-Mobile is winning in coverage

With smartphone OEMs launching more and more affordable 5G phones and service providers offering attractive discounts on their 5G plans, 5G adoption in the US has seen a massive uptick in the last few months. Carriers have also made significant improvements to their 5G networks this year, extending coverage to more cities, enhancing reliability, and...

AT&T is giving customers affected by the 3G shutdown a free phone

AT&T will shut down its 3G network by February next year. If you happen to have a device that won't work on the network after the shutdown, you can now get your hands on a free replacement phone from the company. Late last month, we shared a list of devices that will continue to work on...

U.S. to ban 8 Chinese apps including CamScanner and SHAREit

After announcing a ban on all transactions with TikTok and WeChat last year, the US President has now signed another executive order to ban eight more Chinese apps in the country. The latest ban order targets a few widely-used apps, including Alipay, CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, and WPS Office. According to a recent report from Reuters,...

US Government sues Facebook for anticompetitive acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram

In October this year, the US Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law published a report calling out Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google for their anticompetitive, monopolistic, and dominating practices. Shortly after that, the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google for its anticompetitive and monopolistic business practices. Now, the US Federal...

Vietnamese VinSmart plans to bring its flagship phones to the US

After bagging a major manufacturing contract from an undisclosed US carrier earlier this year, Vietnamese smartphone manufacturer VinSmart has now revealed plans to debut its own Vsmart brand of flagship devices in the country. During a recent discussion session, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong, General Director of VinSmart's Mobile Division, announced that the company will focus...

[Update 2: More relief] USA bans WeChat and TikTok from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store

The US Commerce Department has announced prohibitions banning people in the US from downloading TikTok and WeChat in reponse to a pair of executive orders signed by US President Donald Trump in August. In a press release on the matter, the US Department of Commerce noted: "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these...

Apple accelerates efforts towards building its own search engine to replace Google

Apple is said to be accelerating efforts towards its own search engine, to be rolled out on its products instead of Google. Reports suggest that Apple is moving quickly to avoid being mired in the upcoming anti-trust action being taken against Google by the US Government. There’s already early evidence of the move in iOS14, launched...

The Motorola One 5G launches in the U.S. on AT&T and Verizon

Motorola burst back into the flagship scene earlier this year with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered, 5G-enabled Motorola Edge+. Alongside the Edge+, Motorola also unveiled the slightly cheaper Edge with the upper mid-range (but still 5G-enabled) Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. And about a month ago, Motorola had announced an even more affordable 5G-enabled smartphone in the form...