ASUS' smartphone/tablet hybrid will soon be ready for the US market if this latest appearance is any indication. The rather odd PadFone X was just spotted at the FCC, hinting to its nearing arrival on AT&T's catalog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sprint/T-Mobile acquisition has a few nuances that make it attractive. According to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, it helps challenge Verizon and AT&T’s ability to acquire spectrum at auction by creating a third carrier big enough to challenge them. Verizon is now saying that if all the spectrum were considered equally, Sprint would be the majority spectrum holder.
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.
In the ongoing commentary that is the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger, the threat of it dying at the feet of the Department of Justice looms. Having blocked the AT&T buyout of T-Mobile, the DOJ is no stranger to thwarting major moves by carriers. Recent comments hint that history may end up repeating itself, this time with Sprint in the leading role.
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.
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.