FCC Restarts Clock on AT&T's 700MHz Spectrum Grab
The Federal Communications Commission today restarted the commission's informal 180-clock concerning AT&T's proposed acquisition of 700MHz spectrum from Qualcomm. The FCC stopped the clock on August 8, pending review of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. Now that AT&T has withdrawn is merger application, the FCC agreed to allow AT&T to purchase the Qualcomm spectrum, and the FCC is restarting the clock effective November 29, 2011. Qualcomm has asked the FCC to hasten the process concerning this spectrum sale, which was first proposed in late 2010. AT&T intends to use the 700MHz spectrum, formerly used for Qualcomm's failed MediaFLO service, to supplement its own 700MHz spectrum and Long Term Evolution network
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree
Sprint, T-Mobile, and others want the FCC to "carefully scrutinize" a number of AT&T's proposed low-band spectrum acquisitions. AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase 700MHz spectrum from a range of small companies around the country.
If AT&T can not take its own heat, they should stay out of the kitchen.