Synchronica Agrees to Purchase Nokia Messaging Unit
Synchronica recently announced that it plans to acquire Nokia's white label mobile messaging service, which provides email, instant messaging, and social networking to North American network operators. Under the terms of the deal, Synchronica will take over Nokia's existing contracts with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and other operators, giving Synchronica more than 6 million customers in North America. Synchronica will supply Nokia with messaging services for its S40 phones moving forward. It will merge the messaging services with its own, and continue to develop and refine the software by adding features such as contacts/calendar management. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the companies expect the deal to close by the end of July.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
U.S. Carriers Creating Stronger Tool to Verify Customer ID
All four major carriers in the U.S., AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, are building a "multi-factor authentication" method that will rely on peoples' cell phones to gain account access. The system, which has been in development since last September, is expected to launch before the end of the year.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.