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AT&T acquires parts of phone-monitoring company Carrier iQ. Now, CiQ appears to have shut down, and AT&T has picked up its software and some staff.

AT&T Inc. (NASDAQ:T) has acquired the rights to Carrier iQ’s network diagnostics software, according to TechCrunch. The report says that CiQ no longer exists as a separate entity and its website has been taken down, while some of CiQ’s workforce has moved to AT&T.

“We’ve acquired the rights to Carrier iQ’s software, and some CiQ employees moved to AT&T. We use CiQ software solely to improve the customer’s network and wireless service experience. This is in line with our Privacy Policy and provides a great benefit to users of our network,” said AT&T in a statement.

While other reports also suggest that Nielsen is also involved in the acquisition. CiQ and Nielson have been working together since 2011, a time when Snowden’s revelations about NSA’s activities sent shockwaves around the cyberspace. CiQ’s software is supposed to be allegedly installed on as many as 150 million handsets, which monitors everything you do on a smartphone, all in the name of user experience.

Notably, neither CiQ CEO Larry Lenhart nor Nielsen has confirmed that the two were working together, and it seems AT&T is refraining from commenting on the involvement of another company. Nonetheless, an AT&T spokesperson has confirmed that CiQ has been acquired by the carrier, though the price of the deal hasn’t been mentioned.

“We’ve acquired the rights to Carrier iQ’s software, and some CiQ employees moved to AT&T,” the carrier’s spokesman said in a statement.

While, in other related news, AT&T is reportedly planning to introduce a “price simplification effort” that’ll see the end of devices subsidies and 2-year contracts. The move goes into effect starting January 8, which will apparently force customers to the full price to get a smartphone or choose AT&T Next. The changes will be applicable to all phones that the carrier sells, which include smartphones along with basic handsets. Though it appears some business and corporate customers will still be able to avail discounts on 2-year contracts.

These changes will be applicable to all phones that the carrier sells, which include smartphones along with basic handsets. Though it appears some business and corporate customers will still be able to avail discounts on 2-year contracts.

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