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
Rival carriers AT&T and T-Mobile in a new deal have agreed to swap PCS and AWS-1 spectrum licenses throughout the United States, according to a couple of new FCC filings. These licenses will be swapped in identical amounts, so the total spectrum both carriers are holding will remain unchanged.
OnePlus has filed a new phone with the FCC. The model number is One E1005. The design of the phone also looks quite different compared to the OnePlus 1 or OnePlus 2. To me, it looks closer in design to an iPhone 4 than a OnePlus product.
Samsung’s mammoth 18.5-inch Galaxy View tablet has been spotted being put through its paces on GFXBench recently, and now a possible LTE variant has cleared the FCC sporting AT&T branding. This variant goes under the model number SM-T677A. Read more
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
There’s been much excitement and controversy over the upcoming 600MHz wireless spectrum auction, but Sprint won’t be participating in it this time around. The carrier says it has enough spectrum to work with for their future needs.
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