“We knew T-Mobile couldn’t be trusted,” union says after 5,000 job cuts

Enlarge / A T-Mobile logo at a store in New York on April 30, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) T-Mobile has cut at least 5,000 jobs since completing its acquisition of Sprint despite promising that the merged company would start creating new jobs "from day one." As noted by Light Reading today, a T-Mobile filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week said, "As of December 31, 2020, we employed approximately 75,000 … [Read more...]

Verizon tells users to disable 5G to preserve battery, then deletes tweet

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. (credit: Verizon) Verizon has spent years hyping 5G despite it bringing just a minor speed upgrade outside the limited areas where millimeter-wave spectrum has been deployed, but the carrier's support team advised users yesterday to shut 5G off if their phones are suffering from poor battery life. The tweet from VZWSupport, now deleted, said, "Are you … [Read more...]

Texas woman sues Griddy after being charged $9,546 for 19 days of power

Enlarge / The US and Texas flags fly in front of high-voltage transmission towers on February 21, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan ) A Texas woman who was charged $9,546 for power this month has filed a class-action lawsuit against Griddy, alleging that the variable-rate electricity provider violated a state law against price gouging during disasters. Lisa Khoury, a retiree in Mont Belvieu, signed up with Griddy … [Read more...]

Ars Technica 2021-02-25 22:17:20

Enlarge / AT&T's logo at its corporate headquarters on March 13, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Getty Images | Ronald Martinez ) Nearly six years after buying DirecTV for $48.5 billion, AT&T today announced a deal to sell a minority stake in the business unit and spin it out into a new subsidiary. AT&T said its deal with private equity firm TPG Capital values the TV business at $16.25 billion. A press release said that AT&T and TPG "will … [Read more...]

Ars Technica 2021-02-25 16:14:49

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | metamorworks) Verizon and AT&T dominated the US government's latest spectrum auction, spending a combined $68.9 billion on licenses in the upper 3GHz band. Verizon's winning bids totaled $45.45 billion, while AT&T's came in at $23.41 billion. T-Mobile was third with $9.34 billion as the three biggest wireless carriers accounted for the vast majority of the $81.17 billion in winning bids, the Federal … [Read more...]

Cox’s bad customer service stymies users who don’t want upload speeds cut

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Jill Ferry Photography) Cox has been making it extremely difficult or impossible for some customers to stick with their current Internet speeds despite promising that it won't force users onto plans with slower uploads. As we wrote two weeks ago, Cox informed customers with 300Mbps download and 30Mbps upload speeds that they will be switched to a plan with 500Mbps downloads and 10Mbps uploads on March 3. A Cox … [Read more...]