LightSquared May Ink Network Deal with AT&T
According to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg, LightSquared is looking to buy Long Term Evolution network access from AT&T. Though the deal has not been finalized, LightSquared would use AT&T's forthcoming LTE network in areas where it doesn't have the coverage or capacity to provide its own services. LightSquared is building a nationwide LTE network using L-band spectrum that it plans to launch later this year. It has inked roaming deals with smaller operators, including Cellular South, Cricket Wireless and Open Range. AT&T plans to launch LTE in five markets this summer. Neither LightSquared nor AT&T would comment on the Bloomberg report.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
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.
U.S. Cellular Says LTE Buildout Largely Complete
U.S. Cellular has finished building its LTE network, said the company, which now provides LTE coverage to 99% of its customers.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
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