Verizon Eying Canada's Wind Mobile and Mobilicity
Verizon Wireless is looking to Canada as one possible avenue through which it can expand its business. The company is speaking to both Wind Mobile and Mobilicity, which are newer, smaller wireless network operators that offer service in Canada. Wind has about 600,000 customers and is valued at approximately $670 million. The number of Mobilicity's customers isn't known, but it is valued at about $476 million. According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon has gone as far as to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Mobilicity, though any talks it has with Mobilicity would depend on separate negotiations Verizon is holding with Wind. A Verizon executive recently said that the company was considering an expansion into Canada, but the company declined to provide specific details about its plans. AT&T has also eyed making investments in or acquisitions of wireless network operators outside the U.S. as a means by which to grow its business.
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.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
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.