FCC Sets New Signal Booster Standard and Rules
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Report and Order concerning the use of wireless signal boosters in the U.S. First, the FCC adopted a technical standard (called the Network Protection Standard) to which signal booster manufacturers must adhere in order to protect the wireless networks they are amplifying. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless, in addition to other carriers, have all consented to allow signal boosters on their networks as long as they meet the new technical standard. Moving forward, the FCC will allow two different classes of signal boosters: consumer and industrial. Consumer devices will be those available for purchase by the general public. In order to use signal boosters, consumers will need to purchase licensed equipment and register their booster with their carrier. The boosters will work on most cellular bands (AWS, PCS, 700MHz, etc.). Industrial boosters, used in spaces such as sports arenas, must be installed and operated in coordination with licensees. Organizations such as AT&T and the Telecommunications Industry Association have voiced support in the FCC's decision.
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.
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.
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's Modular A50 Parties with Light Up LED Accessory
Alcatel today followed through on its promise to bring the A5 LED to the U.S., though it has changed the phone's name to simply the Alcatel A50. The phone, first revealed in February, is compatible with a handful of modular accessories, the most significant of which features an LED-covere panel that can blink a few dozen LEDs with color.
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.