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."
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Goes On Sale for $329
Asus today made the ZenFone 3 Zoom available from its web site for $329. The phone was first announced in January.
Kodak Ektra Improves Camera and Lowers Price As It Makes US Debut
Eastman Kodak and Bullitt Group this week launched the Ektra smartphone in the U.S. The handset was first announced in October 2016.
Nokia 6 to Be Available from Amazon Next Month
HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia-branded handsets, today said it will sell the Nokia 6 smartphone in the U.S. via Amazon.
Alcatel's A30 Plus Bumps Up the Screen, Processor, Camera and Battery
Alcatel today announced the A30 Plus, an improved version of the A30 we saw earlier this year. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen (up from 5.0 inches) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (up from 1.1 GHz) with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
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...