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T-Mobile and MetroPCS Merge in 1.5 Billion Dollar Deal

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A year after being successfully blocked by the FCC, T-Mobile will be merging with MetroPCS. Combined the two mobile carriers now have a user base of 42.5 million making them the USA’s 4th largest mobile carrier.
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Mobile Future App Keeps You Updated on FCC and Congress News

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Mobile Future, a broad-based coalition of businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals, has just released a BlackBerry app that allows anyone to keep up-to-date on the latest news from the FCC and congress regarding wireless. The app can be downloaded by texting GETBERRY to 30644. For more information on wireless future visit mobilefuture.org.

First Orion launch PrivacyStar to block telemarketers and report offenders

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First Orion have announced PrivacyStar, a new BlackBerry app that allows users to block calls from telemarketers, automatically report Do Not Call Registry violators to the Federal Trade Commission, reverse lookup unknown calls and more.

Here are some features and a quick breakdown of the app:

  • Simple to Use – After receiving an unwanted call, select the number from the call log to add to the Privacy List and that call will be blocked in the future.
  • Report Potential Telemarketing Violations – Upon the user’s request, PrivacyStar captures detailed information about possible violations including date, time, number and identity. PrivacyStar easily allows users to provide this information to law enforcement authorities so they may take action.
  • Caller Lookup – After receiving a call from a number that is not recognized (not in the contacts list), PrivacyStar Caller Lookup allows a user to identify unknown callers by name and take appropriate action, such as adding to the contacts list or Privacy List.
  • Web Portal – Utilize the fully integrated personal web portal to manage blocked callers (including unblocking), provide additional details on violations and manage their PrivacyStar account.

PrivacyStar is available free for the first 30 days, and costs $2.99 per month afterwards.

Should we review cellphone radiation emission standards?

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We often hear about the potential dangers posed by cell phones and the non-ionizing radiation they emit, but there is still no consensus on whether they can be directly linked to cancer or any other health problem.

CTIA, the American Cancer Society, World Health Organization and Food and Drug Administration, among others, have “all have concurred that wireless devices are not a public health risk,”

The Environmental Working Group, believe that cellphone radiation standards are outdated and we should review them. This news comes on the heels of the World Health Organization’s recommendations on cellphone usage, which is to be released October 2009.

On the list of the Top 10 worst perpetrators, 2 BlackBerry devices show up, and they come in right under what the FCC deems to be acceptable.

Overall, we should wait until the WHO comes out with their study in October 2009. While we know low levels of radiation have no impact in a short period of time, it’s hard to say what the impact will be over long periods of time.

[Special thanks to Michael K for sending this in at tips [at] blackberrycool [dot] com]

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 gets FCC approved (BlackBerry Bytes)

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On the same day that T-Mobile Germany officially announced the device, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has passed US FCC approval. While the Curve 8900 will eventually be available on both T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, look for it to hit T-Mobile first. You can find the FCC link and some initial reviews of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 at the links below.

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Multiple BlackBerry Curve 8900 reviews

FCC voting on 700MHz D-Block (BlackBerry Bytes)

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FCC LogoThe FCC is currently voting on what to do about the D-Block, the 700Mhz chunk of the wireless public safety spectrum which had previously been up for auction despite Verizon’s litigious attempts to block it. However, many commercial bidders fear that the auction plan as structured is not commercially viable, while public safety groups and a few members of Congress feel that the spectrum would be more effectively split into regional licenses rather than a national one.

Ars Technica has a wonderful summary of the entire situation, which can be found here.