Mobile Minutes: Net neutrality, Univision, Tinitell, Snapchat, Sprint
By Staff reports
May 16, 2014
Amid protests, U.S. FCC proposes new ‘net neutrality’ rules
U.S. regulators on Thursday advanced a “net neutrality” proposal that would ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.
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Univision taps T-Mobile to create Hispanic wireless service
Univision and T-Mobile on Thursday announced Univision Mobile, a wireless service targeting the Hispanic market with specific plans and Univision content. Univision is hoping to extend its entertainment brand into the mobile world, while the move could potentially net T-Mobile a larger share of the market for Hispanic consumers even as the competition for new customers heats up.
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Tinitell straps a mobile phone on kids’ wrists
Children need to be allowed to play outside from time to time, but some parents are often too concerned for the safety of their little ones to loosen the reins. Having kids wear a miniature mobile phone on their wrist so they can be contacted at any time may help ease those worries, which is where Tinitell could prove invaluable to nervous parents.
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Image is everything: Snapchat tops WhatsApp as biggest U.S. messaging app by volume
Snapchat may be getting a rap on the knuckles right now from regulators over how it handles user privacy, but the ephemeral messaging app is still a hot commodity. According to a report out today from network traffic specialist Sandvine, Snapchat is now the top third-party messaging app in North America by volume, generating more traffic each day than competing services such as WhatsApp.
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Glint of hope at FCC for Sprint, T-Mobile deal
Democratic commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission may not be as united in opposition to a possible Sprint Corp. deal with T-Mobile US Inc. as previously thought, according to people familiar with the matter.
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