HTC, ZTE, Sharp Join NFC Forum
Handset makers HTC, ZTE, and Sharp have joined the NFC Forum at various levels of membership, announced The NFC Forum today. In addition to the hardware vendors, Barclaycard and Isis also joined the forum. Isis' membership is notable, as it is the joint venture created by AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless to launch mobile payments in the U.S. The NFC Forum a non-profit industry association that advances the use of near field communication (NFC) technology. Isis and others hope to offer tap-and-go mobile payments on cell phones by tying bank accounts to the NFC chips in devices.
Mar 28, 2019
In two weeks, the LG G8 ThinQ will be offered by all major US carriers, with several offering major discounts at launch. This flagship phone from LG has a unique 3D depth camera on the front, supporting mid-air gestures, hand vein scanning, and 3D face scanning.
Very affordable phones with huge screens have been a relatively popular segment in the US in recent years. ZTE used to address this market well.
Kyocera's US phone lineup is down to just rugged phones these days, where they compete with Sonim. Kyocera's been at this for a while, though, so the DuraForce Pro 2 is building on quite a bit of experience.
Google will offer its own RCS service for Android users on networks that have not yet launched RCS. RCS is an open industry standard for enhanced messaging, designed to replace SMS and MMS.
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The FCC today announced the results of its recent auctions of mmWave radio bands for 5G services. AT&T and T-Mobile were the big winners, both scoring 24 GHz licenses covering most major US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, Atlanta, Detroit, San Diego, Orlando, Minneapolis-St.