Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Justice Department examining possible antitrust collusion by AT&T, Verizon to limit eSIM

Justice Department examining possible antitrust collusion by AT&T, Verizon to limit eSIM

In addition to making switching providers easier, eSIM could also allow people to use local carriers during global travel and enable the space ordinarily reserved for SIM cards to be taken up by other phone systems.

The technology in eSIM - short for electronic SIM - allows users to switch between carriers via a settings menu directly from their phone or tablet. That makes it easier to compare wireless networks and easily select a new service when desired.

"This accusations regarding this issue are much a do about nothing", he said in a statement.

While the latest report from CNBC mentions that Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all received requests for information from the Justice Department, this morning's New York Times stated that the Justice Department was investigating Verizon, AT&T and the G.S.M.A.

Representatives for the carriers and the industry group declined to comment to the Times. Speaking with NYT, a spokesperson for the carrier said that Verizon has been working with the DOJ on a probe over "a difference of opinion with a couple of phone equipment manufacturers regarding the development of eSIM standards". "Nothing more", Verizon's Young said. The company said it "will continue to work proactively within GSMA, including with those who might disagree with the proposed standards, to move this issue forward".

News of the investigation comes at the same time as the Justice Department is suing to block an acquisition of Time Warner by AT&T.

FBN's Connell McShane discusses the court battle between AT&T-Time Warner and the Department of Justice.

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Moyes said: "He had two very similar shots in the first half and he took them quite comfortably in his midriff". Moyes added: "He's been training since we were in Miami".

The Justice Department is investigating an alleged case of collusion, but this has nothing to do with President Donald J. Trump and Russian Federation.

Shares of Verizon and AT&T dipped slightly following the news.

The person briefed on the matter told Reuters that other wireless operators potentially received inquiries from the government. The Justice Department says its merger will hurt competition and lead to higher prices for customers.

After the formal complaints against AT&T and Verizon were filed, several device makers and other wireless companies voiced similar concerns to the agency about the carriers' actions around eSIM, four people familiar with the investigation said.

The eSIM technology, which was introduced in early 2016, is embedded in mobile phones and other devices so people do not need SIM cards anymore.

"I am very happy that the DOJ is taking its job as a cop on the beat very seriously", said Feld.

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