AT&T and T-Mobile Ask FCC for Permission to Transfer Spectrum
AT&T and T-Mobile USA today filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking approval to transfer spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile USA. AT&T had promised T-Mobile USA some of its spectrum if AT&T's proposed acquisition of the smaller company fell through. The deal fell apart in December. T-Mobile USA will be given AWS mobile spectrum in 128 markets, including 12 of the top 20 markets in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle). In addition to the spectrum, AT&T signed a seven-year UMTS roaming agreement that gives T-Mobile USA a coverage boost from 230 million POPs to 280 million POPs. The roaming agreement gives T-Mobile a significantly larger service footprint for UMTS-based voice and data. The FCC has yet to comment on the spectrum transfer.
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.
Any DETAILED info on WHERE coverage will increase
The service is great when it works, but it fails really bad when I travel up and down California. I frequently travel from San Francisco to LA on the weekends and the coverage is extremely poor when I get closer north.
This hurts Sprint