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You can now deregister your phone number from Google’s RCS chat with an easy online form

You can now deregister your phone number from Google’s RCS chat with an easy online form

Last year, when Google first started rolling out its first-party RCS chat system, the company promised an easier way for folks to “deregister” their phone numbers in the event they switch platforms. Like iMessage, the system required a phone number-based registration, and that could mean missed messages if you forgot to disable the feature before...

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13,000 Vivo phones share the same IMEI number, police investigation finds

13,000 Vivo phones share the same IMEI number, police investigation finds

IMEI numbers, short for International Mobile Equipment Identity, are used as unique, unchangeable identifiers for smartphones and other consumer electronics like tablets. Carriers use these numbers to identify valid devices, and in cooperation with local law enforcement, it’s possible to block stolen phones from accessing the internet or track down those in unlawful possession. You...

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WhatsApp could soon let you use the same number on multiple phones

WhatsApp could soon let you use the same number on multiple phones

WhatsApp has managed to reach a worldwide audience and break through 2 billion monthly users despite a severe handicap: The app doesn’t support multiple devices for the same account. One phone number equals one phone or one tablet, that’s always been the equation. And while there are workarounds to allow two different numbers on the...