AT&T, U.S. Cellular Looking to Buy Spectrum from Cox
AT&T and U.S. Cellular filed separate applications with the Federal Communications Commission today seeking permission to purchase spectrum licenses from Cox Communications. AT&T is seeking eight 700MHz B Block licences that cover various markets along the east coast. U.S. Cellular is looking to nab 700MHz A Block licenses that cover portions of Kansas. AT&T is also hoping to purchase four 700MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Telephone in several areas throughout Texas. Both companies said that the spectrum additions would bolster their LTE network plans. Verizon Wireless is also purchasing spectrum from Cox, though in the AWS bands.
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.
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.
AT&T Taps East Kentucky Network for 700MHz Licenses
AT&T has filed paperwork with the FCC hoping to gain permission to purchase three Lower 700MHz C Block licenses from East Kentucky Network. The licenses in question cover 20 counties in three Cellular Market Areas across regions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
AT&T and Pine Cellular Seek to Swap Spectrum Leases
AT&T and Pine Cellular have asked the FCC for permission to lease one another's spectrum. AT&T wants to snag a leased license in the Lower 700MHz B Block in parts of Arkansas from Pine.