AT&T Closes $1.9 Billion 700MHz Acquisition
AT&T today announced that it has finalized an agreement to purchase select bits of 700MHz spectrum from Verizon Wireless. AT&T has bought 700MHz B Block licenses that cover 42 million people across 18 states, for which it paid Verizon Wireless $1.9 billion. AT&T will use the spectrum to enhance and supplement its existing LTE 4G coverage in portions of California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Texas, and other states. In addition to the cash payment, AT&T gave Verizon Wireless Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Portland, Ore. AT&T says its LTE 4G network covers more than 225 million people today and will reach 270 million by the end of the year.
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.