Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be implementing the new Text-to-911 program. This new way of asking for assistance via SMS aims to address situations where it would be difficult to use the usual 911 voice call.
Worried about Sprint and T-Mobile merging? Sources tell the New York Post you shouldn’t be. According to them, the deal is “dead”. The FCC, who are outspoken about wanting four major US carriers, are said to be dead set against the merger.
An LTE version of the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 was announced back in February. And while we managed to get a bit of hands-on time with the tablet during Mobile World Congress -- the availability was somewhat up in the air. NVIDIA had said the tablet was expected to arrive in the second quarter.
The FCC is reportedly making a new proposal that practically takes the "neutral" out of Net Neutrality. According to the commission's proposed rules, Internet Service Providers will be able to give preferential treatment to certain content providers depending on rather ambiguous "commercially reasonable" terms.
Almost everyone has a low cost, low feature tablet these days, well, except for the likes of LG. That might soon change as two LG supposedly budget tablets, the V700 and the V400, make their way through the FCC.
Leading up to this article, there was a lot of speculation about the FCC’s position in their upcoming spectrum auction. A call to action from several smaller carriers asked that the regulatory body limit the purchasing power of the two largest domestic carriers, Verizon and AT&T. In a move that could limit the FCC’s income from the auction, Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed he wants to limit the power AT&T and Verizon have.
An upcoming FCC auction may take on a different tone, should the FCC cave to demand from smaller carriers. In response to the proposed rules for the upcoming auction, which has to do with the 600MHz band the FCC just cleared for mobile carriers, AT&T has sent a strongly worded letter to the FCC. In it, they essentially threaten a boycott of the auction.
The demand for spectrum from mobile service providers is at an all-time high, and only promises to increase. To satisfy the wants of consumers and carriers alike, the FCC has decided to take some spectrum earmarked for TV and auction it to carriers. In addition to the added spectrum, the FCC may implement a few rules about purchases for the upcoming auction that could signal their intent to thwart a Sprint/T-Mobile merger.
If OPPO has gotten you interested with its range of smartphones but don't have the budget for the latest Find 7a, then this might be a bit of welcome news. Seen making its way through the FCC approval process is the OPPO R1, which, in this incarnation, has gained support for 4G LTE.
The proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is an interesting Catch 22, according to analysts from New Street Research. Both carriers acknowledge they can’t compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T separately, as their buying power for spectrum is just overwhelming. Together, T-Mobile and Sprint would still represent the number three carrier in the US, but the FCC is likely reluctant to let it happen.