FCC Chair Fires Back at AT&T CEO Over Pricing
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski rejected the idea that the blocked T-Mobile USA acquisition will lead to higher pricers for consumers. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson recently said that consumers will face higher prices now that the deal has been blocked. Speaking to attendees at the CTIA Wireless trade show, however, Genachowski said that by blocking the deal the wireless industry should see more competition, which should in turn lead to lower costs for consumers. Genachowski said that the FCC is not opposed to mergers, acquisitions, and consolidation, but said that AT&T's attempt to purchase T-Mobile USA crossed the line.
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.
CTIA Believes FCC's Power Should Be Kept In Check
The CTIA Wireless Association recently recommended to congress that it limit the powers of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the wireless industry. The comments come in response to a white paper published by the House Committee On Energy and Commerce earlier this year.
FCC Dubious On Future Wireless Mergers
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today suggested the agency will take a long, hard look at any proposed mergers between wireless companies. "We will continue to be skeptical of efforts to achieve scale through the consolidation of major players," said Wheeler at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas.
Who is right here?
The Rule is Verizon, Sprint, ATT and Tmobile can never be combined. Someone should have told ATT this before attempting.
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