Latest Mobile telecommunications services News

FILE - In this April 20, 2020 file photo, a delivery man, who want to name Moise, wearing protective gear checks his phones during a nationwide confinement in Paris. France is rolling out its contact-tracing app aimed to help containing the spread of the virus as life slowly returns to normal while most of its neighbors, including the UK, Germany, Italy are also about to launch their own technology. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

French virus tracing app goes live amid debate over privacy

Jun. 2, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France is rolling out an official coronavirus contact-tracing app aimed at containing fresh outbreaks as lockdown restrictions gradually ease, becoming the first major European country to deploy the smartphone technology amid simmering debates over data privacy. The StopCovid app launched...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

FILE- In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo visitors stand near a 5G logo at a display the PT Expo in Beijing. AT&T says it will stop advertising its wireless network as “5G Evolution” after an industry group determined it was misleading, as it is not, in fact, 5G. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

AT&T to drop misleading '5G' marketing for non-5G networks

May. 20, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

AT&T says it will stop advertising its wireless network as “5G Evolution” after a division of the Better Business Bureau determined that its language was misleading. The network AT&T branded this way is not, in fact, 5G — a new technology for fast wireless data. While AT&T and...

Virgin Media, O2 plan merger to create new UK telecoms giant

May. 7, 2020 3:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Internet supplier Virgin Media and mobile phone carrier O2 plan to merge and create a big new telecommunications provider in the U.K., the brands’ parent companies announced Thursday. Virgin Media’s owner, Anglo-Dutch-American firm Liberty Global, and Spain’s Telefonica,...

FILE - In this March 16, 2015 file photo, hikers stop and take photos along the Grand Canyon National Park's South Kaibab trail. Parks around the country are grappling with how best to expand service while preserving the pristine nature. One of the latest debates is playing out at the Grand Canyon, where park officials are road mapping future telecommunications towers. The handful that exist now are prominent among the park lodging, visitor center and residential area. (AP Photo/Anna Johnson, File)

National parks balancing demands for cell service, silence

Apr. 29, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Musetta Vander has been to several of the most iconic national parks and landscapes in the U.S., capturing herself doing a yoga pose among the Joshua trees, driving on a tree-lined highway framed by Yosemite's towering rock formations and sitting at the edge of a cliff overlooking a...

In this Monday, July 29, 2019 photo an AT&T logo sits above an entrance to a building, in Boston. As entertainment companies roll out new streaming services, they're stocking them with the goodies from their own content archives, hoping that the loss of income today will mean more money rolling in from subscribers in the future. In its fourth quarter, AT&T said that bet cost it $1.2 billion in revenue. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Virus dings AT&T results, telecom withdraws year guidance

Apr. 22, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic hurt AT&T's revenue and profit in the first quarter, and it withdrew its financial guidance for the year. Revenue fell 4.6% to $42.8 billion, with a $600 million impact from the virus thanks to lower wireless equipment sales and a hit to ad sales due to canceled sports...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 5, 2020 file photo, Joel Porro and Lizz Hernandez wear gloves and protective masks as they put bags in the trunk of their car after shopping at Walmart Supercenter in Miami. On Friday, April 10, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately, Walmart is adopting a staggered shopping schedule based on age. Walmart is offering special hours for seniors but has not designated times for people to shop by age group. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: A week of false news around the coronavirus

Apr. 10, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: CLAIM: Tonic water or quinine supplements can be used to prevent or treat...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...