T-Mobile USA Once Again Eying Cell Tower Sale
T-Mobile USA has hired a New York City-based financial firm to help it explore the sale of its cell towers in order to raise revenue, reports Bloomberg. The company sought to sell its towers last year, but put the plans on hold after it agreed to be purchased by AT&T. Now that the AT&T deal has been struck down by the U.S. government, T-Mobile is once again seeking sources of funding for its network expansion plans. T-Mobile is in the process of refarming its 1900MHz spectrum for 3G so it can use its 1700MHz spectrum for LTE 4G. It could earn as much as $3 billion by selling its towers and allowing them to be run by another company.
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.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
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.
Verizon Exploring Tower Sale
Verizon Wireless is weighing whether or not to sell its cell towers to a third party, reports Reuters. Earlier this month Verizon's Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo indicated the company is interested in such an idea.