AT&T has filed for a license with the FCC to begin testing a 5G network in Austin, Texas in order to stay in line with Verizon, who also plans on testing a 5G network this year. AT&T’s filing is for an experimental three-year license, which lines up with predictions that 5G will be commercially available in 2020. Read more
Earlier today, a couple of unannounced Samsung-branded smartphones bearing the model numbers SM-G930A and SM-G935A passed through the United States of America’s official cellular certification authority, the FCC. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen these two model numbers, though. Back in November, we reported that the International variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will have these identification digits attached when they’re finally introduced to us on Sunday, February 21.
Several labor unions are accusing mobile provider T-Mobile of unethical business practices.
T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere has not been one to shy away from the limelight and mixing in a little bit of controversy only makes him more animated. In a new video posted by Legere, the head of T-Mobile sternly responds to claims by a variety of parties that the carrier is throttling video speeds for customers who sign up for the Binge On option. Legere says he just could not bite his tongue any longer as it appears some of the parties are trying to confuse consumers. Read more
With CES just around the corner, manufacturers all over the world are gearing up to unveil their latest smartphones, tablets and wearables — and HTC is no different. Earlier today, the Taiwanese company’s Vive Virtual Reality (VR) headset made its debut appearance at the United States of America’s official cellular certification authority, the FCC, where it gained the right to be sold in North America.
Earlier today, an unannounced Verizon-branded variant of the BlackBerry Priv made a quick pitstop at the United States of America’s official cellular certification authority, the FCC. This information comes less than a month after Big Red tweeted a photograph of the device with “Verizon Wireless” software branding.
Although Google’s Project Loon is being developed as a way to bring Internet access to underserved markets around the world, Google is still deploying the technology in mature markets like the U.S. Thus far Google has limited Project Loon’s presence in the U.S. to testing, but a new filing seeking to expand authorization from the FCC suggests Google may have some larger plans in the works. Read more
As more people come to rely more heavily on their smartphones, even for something like making or receiving an actual phone call, and increasingly abandon landlines, they are also becoming more susceptible to receiving spam and robocalls on their mobile devices. Besides the annoyance, billions of dollars have been lost to scammers. Truecaller has been trying to help with that by giving users a tool to discover who is calling them and block unwanted calls. Now, they are beefing up their service by pulling in data from the FCC complaint database that gets updated on a weekly basis. Read more
Just a few days after a report surfaced online claiming that Xiaomi is gearing up to enter the US smartphone market, a shiny new, unannounced handset, dubbed the Redmi 2 Pro, made a quick pit stop at the FCC.
Verizon has formally asked the FCC for permission to start enabling WiFi calling for handsets on its network, making it the second carrier to officially do so. AT&T was the first, applying for permission on October 6th after calling out Sprint and T-Mobile for skipping the FCC’s approval process. Read more