Verizon's Google Wallet Snub May Violate C-Block Auction Rules
The Free Press today charged that Verizon Wireless's refusal to allow the Google Wallet application on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may violate the terms and conditions set by the Federal Communications Commission regarding the 700MHz C-block spectrum that Verizon won in an auction several years ago. The FCC added terms to the auction that were meant to prevent winners from "denying, limiting, or restricing the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice." Free Press attorney Matt Wood said, "We think this could very well be a violation of the C-block conditions. When you have a powerful network operator, it can wield a lot of influence. But Google Wallet should be allowed to compete with Verizon." Earlier this week Google said that Verizon asked it not to put Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus. Verizon Wireless later attempted to explain the decision, saying that the application "needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones." Google Wallet, which uses near-field communications in coordination with Google's software, permits users to make mobile payments with their smartphone. Verizon Wireless, along with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, are preparing to launch a competing service called Isis next year.
Samsung Makes Deepsea Blue Note8 Available to U.S. Consumers
Samsung today said it will sell the Deepsea Blue color variant of the Galaxy Note8 smartphone in the U.S. Since launch, the device has only be available to U.S.
T-Mobile Says 5G Network On Deck for 2020
T-Mobile today said it will deploy 5G across much of the country within a few years using its low-band 600 MHz spectrum. “We’re committed to drive a 5G rollout by 2020 across the nation,” said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray during an investor conference.
T-Mobile to Sell HTC U11 Life Mid-Ranger for $349
HTC today announced the U11 Life, a mid-range handset that resembles the company’s U11 flagship though it tones down specs to reach a reasonable price point. The U11 Life is almost identical to the U11 at a glance, but it trades the U11’s high-quality glass for plastic.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active Heads to T-Mobile and Sprint
Samsung today said its rugged Galaxy S8 Active will soon be sold by T-Mobile and Sprint. The phone has been available from AT&T since earlier this year.