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The agency in February sent civil investigative demands to major USA wireless carriers and the GSMA, an global standards organization responsible for eSIM technology, the people said.

The technology, which is already available in Apple's iPads, makes it possible to switch between carriers without having to change out a physical SIM.

The G.S.M.A., a mobile industry standards-setting group, is also part of the investigation, according to the NY Times. The Justice Department investigation was opened about five months ago after device makers, filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice regarding the switching issues, Bloomberg reports.

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Carriers like AT&T and Verizon have increasingly been losing subscribers to T-Mobile, thanks to more consumer friendly policies ranging from cheaper worldwide roaming to the elimination of hidden fees and long-term contracts.

The GSMA declined to comment. "The reality is that we have a difference of opinion with a couple of phone equipment manufacturers regarding the development of e-SIM standards". "We've been proactively and constructively working with the Department of Justice for several months regarding this inquiry and we continue to do so". This would make it impossible for customers to switch carriers and runs counter to the objective of eSIM.

AT&T and Verizon together control about 70 percent of all wireless subscriptions in the United States.

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Raul, now 86, has been in power since 2006, when he took over after illness sidelined Fidel, who seized power in the revolution. As in Cuba's legislative elections, all of the leaders selected Wednesday were selected by a government-appointed commission.

While the Justice Department is investigating AT&T and Verizon, it sent letters to the four major carriers when it opened the probe in February, two people with knowledge of the matter said. "Nothing more", Verizon's Young said.

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.

However, Judge Richard Leon, who will decide if AT&T will be allowed to buy Time Warner, is unlikely to consider a report of potential wrongdoing by the wireless giant because it is irrelevant to the merger trial underway in Washington, said Seth Bloom, a veteran of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. The Justice Department originally followed up on a complaint made by Apple in 2016, but ended up dropping the investigation.

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But the move falls short of broad monetary easing, with the authority attaching requirements on how funds must be used. London Metal Exchange aluminum topped $2,400 a ton on Monday for the first time in more than six years.

While the government is investigating the matter of collusion which involves AT&T, we also learned today in a court case with the government, that the government believes AT&T's proposed low cost mobile TV service called "Watch" will hurt consumers.


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