Groups Want Local Hearings Regarding AT&T/T-Mobile
A number of public interest groups have requested that the Federal Communications Commission hold a number of public hearings so that Americans might have a better forum to voice their opinons on AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. The group wrote, "As a matter of great public concern, the AT&T/T-Mobile merger proposal deserves the Commission's highest level of scrutiny and consideration." They would like the FCC to schedule hearings before September so that the implications of the merger can be exposed in a more public light. The groups contend that, "If approved, the merger would have serious repercussions around the country. As the undersigned have all argued, were just two wireless carriers to control nearly 80% of the market, prices would rise, jobs would be lost, and innovation would suffer." Those signing the letter include Public Knowledge, Consumers Union, Free Press, Future of Music Coalition, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, and the Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation. The FCC and Justice Department are currently reviewing the merger, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2012.
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.
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.
Asus Brings ZenFone 4 Lineup to U.S.
Asus recently announced plans to bring its ZenFone 4 series of phones to the U.S. unlocked market this year.
Much ado about nothing.
Yes, I do work for an agent of ATT, so some of my views are slanted in that direction. It is unfortu...
the reason people would not be so concerned if it was Sprint and Tmobile merging is that two small players merging does not pose a threat to competition. ATT swallowing Tmobile is like eliminating Tmobile completely. ATT does not need T...
Expressing concerns and getting concessions
Decided to stick it out with TMO, think AT&T may be OK but hedging too.