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 Now that AT&T has withdrawn is merger application, the FCC agreed to allow AT&T to purchase the Qualcomm spectrum, and the FCC is restarting the clock effective November 29, 2011.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.