AT&T and Sprint Agree to Go to Trial After DOJ Suit
AT&T and Sprint have agreed to wait until after the Department of Justice's trial against AT&T is complete before proceeding with a trial for Sprint's lawsuit against AT&T. The Justice Department sued AT&T over its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The Justice Department alleges that the acquisition will lead to antitrust concerns and wants the the deal blocked. That trial is scheduled to start February 13, 2012. AT&T would like to wait until the Justice Department renders a verdict before tackling Sprint's (and C Spire Wireless's) lawsuits in court, but Sprint wants its trial to begin "immediately" after the governments trial ends. While many of Sprint and C Spire Wireless's claims were tossed, Sprint is suing that the merged entity would have too much power over handset pricing, while C Spire Wireless is suing over device pricing and the belief that wireless roaming costs will surge. A trial date for AT&T, Sprint, and C Spire Wireless has not yet been set.
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.
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.
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.
AT&T, T-Mo, Verizon to Allow Note7 Replacement Exchanges, Too
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless followed Sprint's lead today and said customers who have a replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 can exchange the phone for any other sold in carrier stores. T-Mobile specified that any customer can return any phone within the initial 14-day trial period, and that includes both replacement and new Note7 handsets.