AT&T, Verizon face DOJ probe amid collusion allegations

US Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim

A telecommunications standards organization - GSMA - said on Saturday it is delaying implementation of a new cellphone technology due to a United States government probe of alleged coordination between the group, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

The new technology offers universal standard for eSIM that allows consumers to switch wireless providers without having to insert a new physical SIM card, which is a microchip. According to the Times, Verizon and AT&T allegedly colluded with the develop a telecom standard that would allow a carrier to lock a handset to its network even if the device is equipped with eSIM technology.

The eSIM technology is supported by gadget makers including Apple, Google and Microsoft, as well as several wireless carriers globally and in the United States.

MacRumors covered Apple Watch 3 with LTE and eSIM cards having problems with AT&T going back to last September. The GSMA has issued a statement in response to the story which announced that the organization has halted development of the eSIM standard until the ongoing investigation is completed.

AT&T is already locked in a legal battle with the Justice Department over its plan to acquire Time Warner. Delrahim has said the deal will hurt competition and lead to higher prices for cable customers. It would also make it easier for people to use their devices while traveling for business.

And there have been industry movements toward SIM cards that can switch among carriers.

The person briefed on the matter said the Obama administration had investigated similar claims in 2016 but did not take any action.

Consumer advocates learned in February that Verizon was apparently planning to lock phones as an anti-theft measure, and later were told by industry participants that Verizon was working with AT&T in hopes of convincing the GSMA to create a standard for locking the phones, according to Harold Feld, a senior vice president at Public Knowledge.

"There is a constant problem with industry standards-setting organizations that on the one hand allow the industry to come together for the goal of efficiency but can be very anti-competitive and operate in secrecy", Feld said.

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