Verizon Asks FCC to Use Spectrum Screen in Sprint Review
Verizon Wireless has filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission requesting that it use its spectrum screen when considering Sprint's proposed acquisition of Clearwire. When reviewing spectrum sales, the FCC looks at each market affected by the transaction and weighs whether or not the transaction will give the purchasing entity too much spectrum in that market. It usually only looks at transactions concerning spectrum below 1.0GHz. As part of its acquisition of Clearwire, Sprint will gain control over its vast 2.5GHz spectrum holdings. Sprint believes the spectrum in question doesn't require the FCC to use its spectrum screen, but Verizon disagrees. The FCC has not yet weighed in on the matter.
Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go On Sale In US July 21
Samsung today said the Coral Blue variant of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets will become available to U.S. buyers starting July 21.
Motorola Moto E4 Plus Goes On Sale Aug. 3 for $180
Motorola today said the Moto E4 Plus, which it announced in June, will reach various sales channels later this week. The unlocked variant will be available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Fry's, Newegg, and Motorola.com starting August 3 for $180.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
FCC Gives KanOkla Permission to Sell Spectrum to AT&T
The FCC has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of several spectrum licenses from KanOkla Telephone Association. The transfer includes one Lower 700 MHz C Block license and the partial assignment of a second Lower 700 MHz C Block license, for a total of 12 megahertz, covering parts of two local market areas in Kansas and Oklahoma.