T-Mobile Wants Interoperable 700Mhz LTE
T-Mobile has requested that the Federal Communications Commission explore the idea of mandating the interoperability of LTE networks in the 700MHz band. T-Mobile argues that such a move would benefit consumers and allow carriers to strike LTE roaming deals. As it stands, LTE devices offered by AT&T and Verizon Wireless cannot work on both networks because they use different bands. The FCC said that it will look into the issue and investigate whether or not the different bands can work on the same device without causing or suffering from interference issues. "As the commission has recognized, roaming allows carriers to be more competitive and provides important benefits to consumers," T-Mobile wrote in its filing. "Moreover, because of the concentration in the wireless marketplace, roaming is an increasingly important tool for carriers to be able to compete. Therefore, current carriers' ability to provide roaming on 700MHz systems will promote competition in the wireless marketplace, to the ultimate benefit of wireless consumers."
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
good for consumers!!
this will also lower the cost for cellphones!
phone manufacturers dont need to waste money R&D for each carrier, one phone fits all!
There still won't be one phone you can buy and use on any US network.
Whether a phone supports LTE in other bands (like 1700 and 1900) will still be important.
Also, until LTE coverage comes...
There doesn't seem to be a downside...