New Nexus phones surface at FCC with clues to features, carrier support


Over the weekend Google’s new Nexus devices surfaced in the FCC database just ahead of their anticipated launch announcement tomorrow. Both the LG manufactured Nexus 5X and the Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P have passed through their FCC certification. One big piece of information that can be gleaned from the information is that the devices have support for all wireless bands, both CDMA and GSM, meaning they should work on any of the major U.S. carriers including Verizon. Read more

FCC fines Sprint $1.2 million for 911 failure


Sprint finds itself on the receiving end of a fine levied by the FCC due to problems with the processing of 911 calls placed by people with hearing difficulties. According to the FCC, from March 2014 to September 2014 Sprint failed to properly handle calls made using the Captioned Telephone Service. That service is designed to provide closed captions for emergency calls. In addition to blocking calls from users trying to make use of the service, Sprint continued to collect a subsidy from the FCC that the company was supposed to be using to ensure the service was available. The FCC provides a subsidy to carriers so they do not have to bear the cost of providing this particular 911 service. Read more

AT&T increases Unlimited Data cap from 5GB to 22GB


In what can be perceived as a damage control move, AT&T has increased its unlimited data limit from merely 5GB to a reasonable 22GB per month. The change comes after the FCC proposed a $100 million fine against the mobile carrier for misleading its customers with the promise of “unlimited” data. Although the carrier no longer offers unlimited data plans, subscribers who had such a plan could continue to renew them.

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Unidentified HTC smartphone passes through the FCC with support for Verizon’s carrier bands

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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.

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FCC rejects T-Mobile wireless auction proposal


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