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AT&T deal for Leap Wireless gets FCC Approval

The FCC has given the blessing for AT&T to purchase Leap Wireless. Admitting an unregulated buyout may not have been in the public’s best interest, some concessions made by AT&T appeased the FCC enough to allow the union to move forward. Leap operates Cricket, a prepaid carrier which promises to offer big things for AT&T moving forward.

Boeing’s secure ‘Black’ smartphone hits FCC

Secure devices are interesting to us, especially after recent revelations of government interest in personal communications. Some, like the BlackPhone, are targeted at Consumers who want security to be the center of attention. Boeing has a device passing through the FCC, and it’s likely the most secure around — and probably not for consumers.

Moto G LTE speculation prompted by FCC filing

One of the few complaints about the Moto G comes with the lack of LTE connectivity. Regardless of carrier model, or whether you are sporting the Google Play edition model, the Moto G does not offer LTE. And while we have yet to see anything from Motorola that would suggest otherwise, a recently discovered FCC filing does bring a bit of hope.

LG Heart Rate Earphones clear the FCC

At CES this year, we got a chance to go hands-on with LG’s newest offerings. While many amazing tech was on display, one of the standouts were earphones that monitor your heart rate. The device has now cleared the FCC, and could make its way to store shelves soon.

T-Mobile merger could cost Sprint double their original bid

Sprint’s proposed merger with T-Mobile may be reaching a fork in the road. Today we learn that the original bid Sprint was said to put forth for T-Mobile may need to be quite a bit larger. Conflicting reports suggest Sprint is either mulling their decision or close to getting financial backing, but one thing is certain: it still needs FCC and DOJ approval.

FCC proposes that text-to-911 be implemented by end of 2014

Sometimes, a 911 call is necessary, but difficult to make. It could be an uncomfortable or dangerous situation, or perhaps the reception is just too poor. In instances like those, it’s usually possible to eek out a text message, which is why the FCC is supporting text-to-911. The technology, which has been in the works for a while, may be standard by the end of the year.

Group asks the FCC to limit Verizon and AT&T’s options in upcoming spectrum auction

A group of smaller carriers have banded together to ask the FCC to place restrictions on Verizon and AT&T in an upcoming spectrum auction. The group, made up of some familiar names as well as a rag-tag bunch of also-ran carriers, is asking that the FCC do something about the two domestic behemoths. The group worries that having such a widespread portfolio will hurt them as well as consumers.

Two new Lenovo tablets pass through FCC

The FCC has approved two new Lenovo tablets, the A5500 and A7600. Though light on details, there is some info available for the A5500. We can hopefully glean some idea of what the other will offer comparatively, but it’s still early days for these two.
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