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.
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.
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.
T-Mobile Going After Yet More 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile continues to chase 700MHz A Block spectrum across the country. According to recent filings with the FCC, T-Mobile's newest target is a batch of licenses held by Triad 700 LLC.
T-Mobile Starts Deploying LTE On Its 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile today offered some details about its LTE network. To start, it has expanded its LTE service footprint to cover 260 million POPs — an increase of 10 million POPs over the last two months.