FCC Says T-Mobile Can Buy Verizon's 700MHz Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission has approved T-Mobile's proposed purchase of 700MHz A Block spectrum from Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile is paying Verizon $2.4 billion for the airwaves, and is also giving Verizon some PCS and AWS spectrum in return. T-Mobile plans to use the 700MHz spectrum to enhance its LTE 4G network. The 700MHz airwaves are considered beachfront property in the wireless market thanks to their strong propagation properties. Verizon already owns country-wide 700MHz spectrum in the C Block. T-Mobile will eventually use 700MHz alongside its existing AWS spectrum to provide LTE 4G service. Verizon is pursuing much the same target, using AWS to supplement its own 700MHz LTE.
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 to Add 700MHz Support to Select Phones
T-Mobile plans to make some of its handsets compatible with its 700MHz spectrum through a software update. Today, only the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge can use LTE on T-Mobile's 700MHz spectrum.
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.