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.
Moto Z2 Force Drops 'Droid' Branding On Verizon
Motorola announced the Z2 Force today, which replaces both the Z and Z Force from last year. The phone will be sold by most U.S.
Motorola Moto E4 Plus Goes On Sale Aug. 3 for $180
Motorola today said the Moto E4 Plus, which it announced in June, will reach various sales channels later this week. The unlocked variant will be available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Fry's, Newegg, and Motorola.com starting August 3 for $180.
Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go On Sale In US July 21
Samsung today said the Coral Blue variant of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets will become available to U.S. buyers starting July 21.
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.