Sprint, T-Mobile Ask FCC to Stop the Clock on Verizon Deals
Sprint, T-Mobile, DirecTV, and the Rural Telecommunications Group today filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission requesting it that it stop the clock on its review of Verizon's proposed spectrum purchases. The groups' chief concern is the amount of redacted material in Verizon's own FCC filings with respect to its agreements with the cable companies involved in the purchase. The groups want the clock stopped until Verizon and its cable partners reveal all the terms of the spectrum purchases and the associated cross-promotional components. The FCC typically reviews such deals within a period of 180 days. Stopping the clock amounts to a delay in the official review process.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Google Adds Clock App to Play Store
Google has made its Andriod clock application available via the Play Store as a stand-alone app. The app includes a home screen widget as well as alarm, stopwatch, timer, and world clock features.
Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree
Sprint, T-Mobile, and others want the FCC to "carefully scrutinize" a number of AT&T's proposed low-band spectrum acquisitions. AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase 700MHz spectrum from a range of small companies around the country.
Carriers to Rely on CTIA, Other Trade Groups to Sue FCC
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators won't sue the FCC over its proposed net neutrality plans on their own, but will through a number of trade groups. Sources cited by Reuters suggest the move will allow the carriers to streamline their litigation and prevent them from becoming the targets of backlash.