AT&T and T-Mobile Forge Temporary Roaming Pact
AT&T and T-Mobile today announced that they have temporarily agreed to allow their customers in New Jersey and New York to roam onto one another's networks. Subscribers in these states, which were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy, will be able to make calls from their cell phones on whichever network is available or stronger. Customers need to take no action and can simply make calls as normal. This Is possible in part because both networks use the same GSM and HSPA networking technologies in the 1900MHz spectrum band. The FCC recently noted that about 25% of cell sites in the impacted area are non-functional.
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.
Republic Wireless to Reduce Roaming Availability
Republic Wireless recently unveiled a change in policy regarding roaming. The company, citing high costs for its customers to roam onto the wireless networks of competing carriers, will reduce the amount of roaming data allowed each customer to just 25MB per month.
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