President Donald Trump is expected to meet today with representatives from several carriers -- including T-Mobile and Sprint -- along with other firms to discuss the development of breakthroughs in such areas as 5G, universal broadband and drones. Also, Trump pledged in a speech to farmers Wednesday to boost rural broadband services as part of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package.
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C Spire has beefed up its 4G network in highly trafficked areas of its Mississippi region so that subscribers can reach download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, compared with previous limits of as high as 12 Mbps. The regional telecom upgraded parts of over 40 cities using 2.5 GHz-based carrier aggregation technology, C Spire said.
A number of US teens have discovered that they can make money fixing smartphones and replacing screens. AJ Forsythe, iCracked's CEO, believes the industry is attracting teen technicians because there are tools and training materials available as well as an abundance of possible customers, noting, "You have this ecosystem of your peers that all have smartphones. ... [and] most of them are out and active and breaking them."
When it comes to broken smartphone screens, the UK's most accident-prone cities are Leeds, Nottingham and Bristol, per online data collected by iSmash, a mobile- device repair firm. Meanwhile, smartphone users in London, Swansea and Wakefield manage to take the best care of their smartphones, said iSmash.
Verizon has introduced Total Mobile Protection, a plan that offers next-day replacement for most damaged smartphones and same-day screen repairs. Customers pay $11 per month for the service, which allows for three qualifying claims in any 12-month period and includes a $49 cracked-screen repair deductible.
The Girl Scouts of America will introduce 18 badges focused on cybersecurity, created in partnership with Palo Alto Networks. The focuses of the program include privacy, online protection, white hat hacking and coding in an effort to introduce girls to tech education.
Top smartphone brands are using phones with higher screen aspect ratios to appeal to more buyers, per a TrendForce WitsView report. Models that offer an 18:9 or higher aspect ratio are predicted to total about 10% of worldwide smartphone shipments in 2017, WitsView reports.
TCR: Triangle Cellular Repair will open a new store in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., next month. The new store will increase the company's total footprint to six, all of which are in North Carolina.
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