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.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Moto Z2 Force Drops 'Droid' Branding On Verizon
Motorola announced the Z2 Force today, which replaces both the Z and Z Force from last year. The phone will be sold by most U.S.
Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go On Sale In US July 21
Samsung today said the Coral Blue variant of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets will become available to U.S. buyers starting July 21.
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.
Alcatel's Modular A50 Parties with Light Up LED Accessory
Alcatel today followed through on its promise to bring the A5 LED to the U.S., though it has changed the phone's name to simply the Alcatel A50. The phone, first revealed in February, is compatible with a handful of modular accessories, the most significant of which features an LED-covere panel that can blink a few dozen LEDs with color.