US said to be investigating AT&T, Verizon over collusion claim

Report: DOJ investigating AT&T, Verizon over possible collusion

The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly investigating whether two major wireless carriers colluded with an industry trade group to make it more hard for customers to switch service providers.

eSIM is a technology that eliminates the need for a physical SIM card, which has traditionally been needed to switch carriers. eSIM allows carriers to switch carriers remotely without the need to purchase a new SIM card.

Verizon has since issued a statement over the investigations, saying that they have been working with the US DoJ on the inquiry because of "a difference of opinion with a couple of phone equipment manufacturers regarding the development of eSIM standards". The investigation began five months after one device maker and one wireless carrier filed complaints of collusion to the Justice Department.

The probe will unfold alongside the Justice Department's ongoing effort to block a proposed $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, citing concerns that the deal would be harmful to consumers. But antitrust officials conducting a similar probe in 2016 found little evidence for the claim and ultimately dropped the inquiry, according to a letter sent by the Justice Department and obtained by The Washington Post.

Crosby helps Penguins beat Flyers 5-0 for 3-1 series lead
With Matt Read in the penalty box for holding, Malkin scored on a one-timer from point-blank range, converting a feed from Crosby. But Laughton, in the Penguins' defensive end, threw an ill-advised diagonal pass that Kessel intercepted and tipped to Malkin.

GSMA, a telecommunications standards organization, announced Saturday it is delaying implementation of a new cellphone technology in wake of the Justice Department's investigation of alleged coordination between the group, AT&T and Verizon Communications. He said the issue was "much ado about nothing". People typically have to buy a new SIM card when changing carriers. Locking down this technology would only make the wireless carriers have stronger control, reducing the possibilities of a healthy competitive wireless market in the United States.

In December Patently Apple posted a granted patent report that covered Apple's eSIM card technology.

The report notes that the two carriers handle about 70% of United States wireless customers, and that the eSIM tech makes it easier to switch carriers. Google's Pixel 2 smartphones and Microsoft's Surface devices also use eSIM tech, hinting that these companies may have had reason to file complaints as well.

"An eSIM, or embedded SIM, stores the data on the device itself", said Ferras Vinh, a policy lawyer at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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