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Why you don't need a 5G phone just yet

Sep. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don't want one anyway. For most people, it's smart to stick with a smartphone that isn't compatible with speedier 5G wireless networks, which are just starting to roll out. That's the case even if you think you'll be hanging on to your next phone for a...

Bangladesh's leading cellphone companies in legal tussle

Sep. 18, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's two leading cellphone companies are negotiating with a regulator over claims of about $1.5 billion in unpaid taxes as they face a possible loss of their licenses amid a legal battle that could hurt investor confidence. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory...

Talks to create Asia's biggest telecom operator fall apart

Sep. 6, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Telecom companies Telenor of Norway and Malaysia's Axiata Group Berhad have ended talks about merging operations in Asia, a deal that would have created the region's biggest telecommunications operator with 300 million customers in nine countries. Telenor ASA said Friday that the...

Landline phones back in Kashmir, but calls don't go through

Sep. 5, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The government in Indian-administered Kashmir said landline telephone service has been restored a month into a near-total communications blackout and security lockdown while India's Hindu nationalist-led government downgraded the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. On Thursday, people...

New York City sues T-Mobile for tricking customers

Sep. 5, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is suing T-Mobile for what it calls "abusive sales tactics" at Metro by T-Mobile stores, the wireless carrier's prepaid phone brand. The city's lawsuit says dozens of stores sold used phones to customers as new, charged fake taxes and unexpected fees and offered financing for...

Bangladesh bans cellphone services in Rohingya camps

Sep. 3, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's telecommunications regulatory body has asked operators to shut down cellphone services in sprawling camps in the southeast where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar live, citing a security threat and illegal phone use, an official said Tuesday....

Correction: Storm Area 51 Event story

Aug. 30, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Aug. 29 about rural Nevada counties making emergency plans in case crowds arrive for "Storm Area 51" events, The Associated Press reported erroneously that organizers of festivals in two Nevada desert towns hope people will try to make their way into the once top-secret U.S. Air...

India plans massive hiring drive for govt workers in Kashmir

Aug. 28, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it plans to hire tens of thousands of government workers in its part of Kashmir after revoking the disputed region's special constitutional status, under which it had autonomy and outsiders could not buy land or hold private-sector jobs. Satya Pal Malik, the New Delhi-appointed...

India's top court to examine change in Kashmir's status

Aug. 28, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Wednesday took up legal challenges to the government's decision to revoke Indian-controlled Kashmir's special status and asked it to explain its stance to the court. The Supreme Court ordered the federal government to file its replies to 14 petitions and inform the...

Over 20,000 AT&T workers in the South struck over weekend

Aug. 27, 2019 3:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 20,000 AT&T workers in nine Southern states went on strike over the weekend, saying that the telecommunications company isn't bargaining in good faith over a new contract. The union, the Communications Workers of America, says AT&T isn't sending negotiators who have the...