California to Review AT&T / T-Mobile Deal
The California Public Utilities Commission has voted to investigate AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. If allowed to proceed, the combined AT&T/T-Mobile entity would control 47% of California's wireless market. The PUC is concerned that the merger would give too much market power to one company. The state of California cannot, by itself, block the acquisition, but it can submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission, which is already performing its own review of the proposal. The California Public Utilities Commission believes it will have some weight with the FCC given the population of California. It has tentatively scheduled October 6 for a vote on the matter. The U.S. Justice Department is also performing a review of the acquisition, as are several other states.
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.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
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.
FCC and Justice Dept. Likely to Approve AT&T-DirecTV Deal
The FCC and Department of Justice are wrapping up their review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV and don't have any real concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. The agencies may still impose conditions on the deal, but aren't likely to block it, says the Wall Street Journal.
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