Galaxy S II Hiding NFC Support In AT&T, T-Mobile Versions
FCC approvals for the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T and T-Mobile show that the hardware supports NFC for tap-based transactions, possibly including payments. Neither AT&T nor T-Mobile will confirm if they plan to support the feature. Based on FCC documents, the Sprint version does not appear to support NFC. AT&T and T-Mobile are both members of - and investors in - Isis, a mobile payment network that will support tap payments via NFC technology.
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.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active Boasts Tougher, Less-Refined Design
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S8 Active, a rugged version of the S8 that will initially be sold by AT&T. The phone does away with the attractive, curved design of the S8 in favor of a more rugged metal frame with bumpers that are able to withstand drops up to 5 feet.
T-Mobile Targets Rural Areas for 600 MHz Service, Starting with Cheyenne
T-Mobile today said it has activated its first 600 MHz cell site in Cheyenne, Wyo. T-Mobile is using Nokia equipment to provide LTE coverage across Cheyenne in the 600 MHz band.