AT&T, T-Mobile Swapping A Little Spectrum
The FCC today announced that AT&T and T-Mobile have applied to swap certain PCS (1900 MHz) licenses and one AWS (1700 MHz) license. In 35 markets, the two companies would exchange equal amounts of PCS spectrum. In 12 markets, AT&T would gain 10 MHz of PCS spectrum. In eight markets, T-Mobile would gain 5-10 MHz of PCS spectrum. In addition, T-Mobile would pick up 10 MHz of AWS spectrum covering Spokane, WA. Separately, AT&T plans to buy a handful of Lower 700 MHz licenses covering Florida, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico from Peregrine Spectrum LLC.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.