Verizon is now offering free access to Apple Music

Apple has just expanded its reach with free Apple Music membership now being offered as a perk to Verizon Wireless customers who are on the carrier’s Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans.

Verizon Wireless said today that folks on its Beyond Unlimited ($50 per month) and Above Unlimited ($60 per month) plans can now get free Apple Music as a perk on an ongoing basis.... Read the rest of this post here


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T-Mobile’s new Caller Verified feature offers more protection from scammers and spammers

“It’s a bad day to be a scammer,” said the carrier as it launched a new feature that offers customers even more protection from scammers and spammers than before.

Carrier T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new feature, Caller Verified, which promises to offer additional, better protections from scammers and spammers than its existing tools.... Read the rest of this post here


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Your location data may have landed in the hands of bounty hunters and the black market

While carriers record locations of customers’ devices on their network, they have little oversight in terms of monitoring how that data is being used once sold to a third party.

A disturbing report published Tuesday on Motherboard revealed that the location data US carriers collected from users and sold to legitimate companies might easily land in the hands of bounty hunters and the black market where it could be used for nefarious purposes.... Read the rest of this post here


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Some users report LTE calling and SMS issues with iOS 12.1.2 (bonus: temporary fix)

iOS 12.1.2 has broken some core features for hundreds of affected users, including basic smartphone functions like using cellular phone calls and making and receiving texts.

An unknown percentage of people who have updated their iPhone to Apple’s most recent iOS 12.1.2 software update are apparently plagued with curious issues preventing them from making voice calls over their carrier’s LTE network, as well as sending and receiving texts.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple launches carrier billing for Apple ID purchases in a further seven countries

Carrier billing is a convenient payment method for Apple ID that charges iTunes and App Store purchases to your mobile phone bill (or deducts them from your prepaid amount).

Apple’s carrier billing option for Apple ID purchases has expanded to an additional seven countries around the world. Customers in these countries who don’t have or don’t want to use a credit or debit card for their purchases can now take advantage of mobile phone billing.... Read the rest of this post here


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T-Mobile enters mobile banking with a new Money service

T-Mobile’s launched a new mobile banking solution, T-Mobile Money, available as an app for iPhone and Android.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile on Wednesday quietly unveiled a mobile banking service of its own, T-Mobile Money, available as a free mobile app for iPhone and Android.... Read the rest of this post here


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How Apple tried, and failed, to push carriers toward adopting a standardized iMessage

Former iOS chief Scott Forstall has revealed that Apple once tried to talk major wireless carriers into adopting a standardized version of its proprietary iMessage service.

Apple once proposed that major US wireless carriers adopt a standardized version of iMessage, its proprietary instant messaging service. Telcos wouldn’t bite, balking at the idea.... Read the rest of this post here


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The first beta of iOS 12.1 brings eSIM support, here’s how it’ll work

iOS 12.1 includes support for eSIM on the new iPhones, but you’ll need to wait until your carrier flips it on before being able to enjoy the benefits of dual-SIM functionality, like using two different plans and phone numbers at the same time, or keeping your phone line while using a local data plan when traveling.

Support for the electronic SIM (eSIM) standard has been uncovered from the first developer beta of iOS 12 which released to Apple’s registered developers eight days ago.... Read the rest of this post here


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Ahead of tomorrow’s keynote, Chinese carriers are hyping dual-SIM support for 2018 iPhones

Wireless carriers China Telecom and China Unicom have begun promoting a rumored dual-SIM feature for new iPhones ahead of tomorrow’s iPhone Xs keynote talk.

China Mobile's social media posts hyping dual-SIM support for upcoming iPhones

Wireless carriers China Telecom and China Unicom have begun promoting a rumored dual-SIM feature for new iPhones ahead of tomorrow’s “Gather round” iPhone Xs event keynote.... Read the rest of this post here


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Japan is forcing carriers to end smartphone bundling in a move that could hurt Apple

Even though a customer in Japan is not charged upfront for their device, they still pay for it in installments attached to monthly service fees in fixed-term contracts.

The government of Japan wants wireless carriers to stop bundling the cost of smartphones into fixed-term monthly service fees in a move that could hurt Apple’s iPhone.... Read the rest of this post here


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