He may only be 17, but this young hacker has managed to do what computer programmers beyond his years are yet to achieve. Jacob Ajit has hacked his way into getting free data on his T-Mobile phone. The student made the discovery while playing around on his phone with no service – but has since reported the hack to T-Mobile to allow it to fix it. He may only be 17, but this young hacker has managed to do what computer programmers beyond his years are yet to achieve. Jacob Ajit made the discovery while playing around on a T-Mobile pre-paid SIM on a spare phone with no active service.
With Free Basics, all traffic is routed through the Internet.org Facebook is eyeing a US launch of its Free Basics mobile app, which would offer smartphone owners free internet access, but only to a subset of the web. The social network has been in talks with the US government and a number of smaller wireless carriers for months, reports The Washington Post. Free Basics, run by Facebook's internet.org It has now rolled out the mobile app to 53 mostly emerging markets in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America in partnership with local carriers.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei is at the centre of an increasingly tense standoff between China and the US. What began as a trade spat and grievances over corporate intellectual property theft has developed into a global standoff involving "hostage diplomacy", death sentences and allegations of Chinese espionage. Huawei's senior executive Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada in December over allegations of sanctions violations, and awaits extradition to the US. Meanwhile, three Canadians remain in police custody in China – with one of them sentenced to death this month. Washington, meanwhile, has said it will file a formal extradition request for Meng by the 30 January deadline.
T-Mobile and Sprint are seeking regulatory approval for their would-be merger. Sprint is about to take the plunge on its first speedy 5G-capable smartphone, announcing plans on the very day Verizon started selling Samsung's first 5G phone in the U.S. The No. 4 wireless carrier in the U.S. said on Thursday that the LG V50 ThinQ 5G will available May 31, initially to customers in Sprint's first four 5G markets – Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City, Missouri. The availability date suggests that the end of May is when Sprint will flip on the switch in those 5G markets. Sprint also announced that the HTC 5G Hub for home broadband will also be available on that date. Customers can start preordering both devices Friday.
T-Mobile launched its latest Uncarrier promotion, and boy is the company handing out the free stuff: free pizza, free frosties, free movie rentals and tickets, and even--get this--a free share of T-Mobile stock. T-Mobile chief executive John Legere pitched the promotion as a way to thank customers, launching it at a New York store surrounded by employees wearing shirts that said, "Ask me for a thanking." "I'm not announcing any bullshit loyalty schemes," Legere said. "Loyalty schemes are broken and backwards and everybody hates them." "I'm gonna thank you like you've never been thanked before," Legere added.