Years before Edward Snowden made his revelations regarding the United States National Security Agency (NSA), there was a company called Carrier IQ, which became an embodiment of Big Brother monitoring every move a mobile user makes on his smartphone. Then, Carrier IQ was carrying out its stalking duties on behalf of wireless carriers and mobile manufacturers, supposedly with the aim of improving overall user experience.
If you are one of those who do not mind jumping from one carrier to another without having to get a new smartphone, then a bring your own device deal (BYOD deal) is definitely right up your alley. Wireless carriers all across the United States offer BYOD deals of every shape and size, but if you really want to enjoy some savings, you can do well to approach mobile virtual network operators (MVNOS), small companies that rent network space from major wireless carriers. Let us take a closer look at a few of them and the BYOD deals they offer.
US major wireless carrier AT&T recently reached a $25 million settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over customer information that was stolen from three international call centers.
The customer data was stolen from contracted call center companies located in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines. The data breach basically involved the unauthorized disclosure of names, social security numbers (full or partial), and other protected account information of nearly 280,000 customers in the United States.