Government Shutdown Could Delay New Phone Launches
The FCC plans to suspend most of its operations on Thursday, Jan. 3rd, if the government shutdown continues. 83% of FCC employees will be furloughed, including those that issue the approval of new phones. Such approval is legally required for any radio-transmitting device before it can be sold for use in the U.S.. If the shutdown is prolonged, it could delay the launch of some new phones in the U.S. market. The FCC will continue certain critical operations, including interference mitigation that threatens life or property, as well as spectrum auctions, which are funded by auction proceeds. The ongoing government shutdown is due to an impasse between President Trump and Democrats over whether a bill to fund the government will include funding for the southern border wall that the President promised in his campaign.
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Huawei today announced the Honor 6X, a follow up to the 5X that improves upon specs and design. The 6X boasts a 2.5D curved glass front and aluminum rear panel to give it a metal-and-glass chassis.
Jan 17, 2017
T-Mobile and MetroPCS both plan to sell the LG Aristo starting later this month. The handset is an entry-level device running Android 7 Nougat.
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Verizon Communications today said that about 10,400 employees have accepted a voluntary buyout offer and will leave the company at various stages over the next six months. Verizon says the workforce reduction, which impacts roughly 7% of employees, leaves the company better positioned for growth.