Verizon simplifies its BYOD process, allows compatible unlocked phones to be activated on its network

Verizon_glass-Verizon has made some effort to become a little more friendly towards unlocked devices, which means getting on their network is easier than ever. Now any compatible, unlocked iPhone 6 or Nexus 6 can be brought to Verizon’s network with little effort. You’ll just need to punch your phone’s device ID into Verizon’s site and purchase a Verizon SIM card to get started.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to take any unlocked phone to Verizon’s network, since there aren’t many phones that have the required CDMA and LTE radios to work properly. That might change as LTE becomes more prevalent, but as of right now, you’re pretty much locked to the handful of devices that include tons of radios. Read more

AT&T to begin selling the Galaxy Tab S2 on September 4th

galaxy tab s2 black angleIf you’re eager to pick up Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 with LTE connectivity, you’ll be able to order one through AT&T starting September 4th. Like all other carrier enabled tablets, hardware will be identical to the WiFi-only model, but it will be able to be activated on a carrier’s network as well.

The Tab S2 will be available on AT&T’s tablet installment plan for $30 a month, or $499 with a two-year contract.  Read more

Qualcomm agrees to sell UK spectrum to Vodafone and H3G

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Qualcomm has announced that they have reached two separate deals to sell UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone and Hutchinson 3G (H3G). Each of the buyers has agreed to purchase a 20 MHz block of the total 40 MHz of L-Band spectrum that Qualcomm owns. Terms of the deals have not been announced and both transactions are subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

L-Band spectrum in the European Union is targeted at providing Supplemental Downlink (SDL) service for Mobile Network Operators. SDL can help them meet demand for downlink-centric services like streaming video on-demand over the cellular network.

source: Qualcomm (PR)

ARCHOS announces pair of budget smartphones just in time for IFA 2015

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ARCHOS announced two Android smartphones they will be making available this fall and that will be on display at IFA 2015 this year. The two devices include the ARCHOS Diamond S, described as a “superlative” smartphone “that the average person can afford” according to Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. The other smartphone announced is the ARCHOS 50e Helium. Read more