Earlier today, an unannounced HTC-branded smartphone carrying the model number 0PM9310 passed through the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we’re looking a mid-range handset with a removable backplate that’s heading to Verizon.
The FCC met again today to consider rules to use for an upcoming auction of 600MHz wireless spectrum after delaying the decision at a meeting a couple weeks ago. On the table was a request from T-Mobile to modify the proposed rules to help smaller carriers, T-Mobile included, obtain some of this spectrum instead of seeing all of it being bought up by big carriers like Verizon and AT&T. Unfortunately for T-Mobile and fans of the little guys, the FCC decided to move forward with the proposed reserve of only 30MHz for bidders who may be smaller and struggle with raising necessary capital. Read more
Earlier today, an unannounced Motorola smart watch made a pitstop at the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we’re more than likely looking at the upcoming successor to the company’s Moto 360 from last year.
The FCC appears to be nearly ready to approve AT&T’s buyout of DirecTV for nearly $49 billion dollars, although it looks like that approval is going to come with a few conditions. The deal was announced about a year ago and has been subject to plenty of scrutiny from the FCC, just like any other acquisition of this size. Read more
Last week, we saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ head to the FCC for all major carriers in the United States except for Sprint. No one knew exactly why Sprint’s did not go with all the others, but today both phones showed up under model numbers SM-N920P (Galaxy Note 5) and SM-G928P (Galaxy S6 Edge+).
We’re wrapping up yet another week at Talk Android! Summer tends to be really dry for big stories, but we saw some great one this week. Between the ongoing saga between T-Mobile and the FCC, more details on the OnePlus 2, Google Fiber joining the initiative to offer free Internet access, there’s a lot to catch up on.
Here’s some of the best highlights from July 12 to July 18:
T-Mobile has agreed to pay the US Federal Communications Commission $17.5 million in fines. The carrier was under investigation due to two separate 911 outages on the telecommunication provider’s network on August 8, 2014.
The FCC commissioners met today with a goal of establishing rules for an auction of 600 MHz spectrum scheduled to take place in 2016. The auction is shaping up to be one of the more complex actions undertaken by the FCC as they try to move spectrum from use by television broadcasters to use by mobile carriers. This change is compounded by the FCC’s desire to not see the large wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T use their deep war chests of funds to buy up the available spectrum. Today the FCC announced they have delayed a decision on the final rules until at least their next meeting on August 6th. Read more
Bolstering claims that Samsung will release two new top-tier devices in August, variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus have both appeared in the FCC database. This is a good sign that the devices are very close to being ready to hit the market and the appearance in July hints that their release will be before Samsung’s traditional September launch date. The latest indications are that Samsung will announce the devices on August 12th and sales will commence on August 21st. Read more
Three phones all belonging to Motorola recently stopped by the FCC. Leaked details have emerged about what could possible be Motorola’s new flagship, the Moto X (2015). Apparently, the project is known internally as ‘Kinzie’ and will come with a 5.5 inch QHD display. It features a body just larger than the DROID Turbo, supports quicker charging, 802.11ac MiMo WiFi, LTE Advanced, and almost all of the LTE bands outside of Verizon’s in the United States. We can expect to see the device hit the market around mid fall.