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.
Review: Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola is selling its able-bodied, entry-level Moto E5 Play from Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Verizon Prepaid. If you're in the market for a solid, low-cost phone, the Moto E5 Play plays well thanks to its simple hardware, easy software, and capable performance.
3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.