FCC Blesses Google's Spectrum Auction Plans
The FCC announced that a total of 214 companies have qualified for the 700MHz spectrum auction, which begins next week. Among those companies approved to participate are AT&T, EchoStar, Google, and Verizon Wireless. Over 50 companies were denied access to the auction. The FCC will hold a test auction on January 22 so participants can familiarize themselves with the bidding process. The auction itself, which starts January 24, will be blind, meaning participants can see the amount of the highest bid, but not the identity of the bidder. The minimum bid for the prime airwaves is $4.6 billion. With Frontline Wireless' dissolution last week, the FCC is concerned that no company will emerge to bid on the 10MHz of spectrum that was set aside for a national network for emergency first responders, which has a lower minimum bid of $1.33 billion. If the minimum price isn't met, the FCC can re-auction off that spectrum block without the current set of conditions, or simply award it to the highest bidder anyway.
Amazon Prime Reading Lets Prime Subscribers Read for Free
Oct 5, 2016
Amazon today announced Prime Reading, a new benefit for subscribers of Amazon Prime that provides a selection of free books, magazines, and comics each month. Amazon says Prime Reading includes access to more than one thousand popular books, the latest magazines, and exclusive short content all presented within the Kindle app.
Amazon to Nix Lock Screen Ads On Prime Exclusive Phones
Feb 6, 2018
Amazon today said it will no longer require people to view ads in order to score a discount on an unlocked smartphone. As it exists now, the Amazon Prime Exclusive program offers devices at lower cost as long as owners agree to view advertisements on the lock screen.
Sprint Giving Away 60 Days of Amazon Prime
Jul 1, 2016
Sprint today said customers who add Amazon Prime to their account during the month of July will be eligible to receive 60 days of Prime benefits for free. Sprint charges $10.99 per month for Amazon Prime, which is added to wireless bills as a subscription.
Sprint Offering Monthly Subscription to Amazon Prime
Mar 31, 2016
Sprint customers can add an Amazon Prime membership to their monthly Sprint bill starting today. The subscription costs $10.99 per month and includes all the benefits available to Amazon Prime members, including reduced shipping charges, Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, and more.
T-Mobile Looks to Spend Cash!
T-Mobile is the only carrier that owns the 1700Mhz spectrum and plans on add large areas of 700Mhz to offset its higher 3g bandwith. Mommy and Daddy (Deutsche Telekom) have invested 4 Billion in network upgrades t
Verizon best come out swinging
If this auction happened a year ago, I woul...