GSMA and Members Back SIM-Based NFC
The GSMA today announced that 45 of its network operator partners have agreed to back near-field communications solutions that make use of NFC-equipped SIM cards. In the U.S., the ISIS joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless has sided with the GSMA and backs the SIM-based NFC solution, leaving Sprint and Google apart with their stand-alone NFC-based mobile payment service. Other notable carriers that have agreed to support NFC SIMs include: China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, SFR, SK Telekom, Softbank Mobile, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone. In addition to the strong show of support from carriers, the GSMA also announced that it has published handset and SIM requirements that define common handset APIs (application programming interfaces) to support SIM-based NFC services. The GSMA believes that these requirements will help to ensure that SIM-based NFC services are available to the maximum number of handsets, operators, and customers.
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.
AT&T Follows T-Mo and Verizon, to Offer Free Olympic Roaming
AT&T today said that like its competitors T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, it will offer customers the opportunity to use their mobile devices during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at no extra cost. Specifically, AT&T will waive the $10 fee normally charged for the AT&T International Day Pass.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
Nuu Mobile Shows Off the X5 Smartphone with Konnect i1 eSIM
Nuu Mobile this week announced the X5 smartphone during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The X5 is a flagship-class Android smartphone for those seeking alternatives to traditional postpaid carriers.