Sprint and C Spire Let Up on AT&T Lawsuits
Sprint and C Spire Wireless have agreed to postpone their lawsuits against AT&T now that the Department of Justice, AT&T, and T-Mobile USA have stayed the DOJ's lawsuit. The judge overseeing the lawsuits approved the joint filing today, putting to rest the Sprint and C Spire lawsuits for the time being. The judge has also approved the DOJ and AT&T's request to cancel the trial originally scheduled to commence February 13. AT&T needs to file a new plan regarding T-Mobile USA no later than January 12, which will be followed by a hearing January 18.
Jun 17, 2019
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.
Jul 11, 2019
Qualcomm and T-Mobile have successfully completed the first data call using Qualcomm's X55 modem, the first 5G chip for phones to support all 5G networks to be launched in the US in 2019, including T-Mobile's band 71 (600 MHz). All 5G phones currently on the market in the US use the X50 chip, which only supports mmWave bands and TDD bands such as Sprint's band 41.
Jun 17, 2019
Sprint and Verizon both recently started offering standalone GPS tracker devices that can report their exact position using cellular networks. AT&T already offers such a device.
May 28, 2019
Bittium's new Tough Mobile 2 is a mid-range smartphone with unusually advanced security features, designed for organizations with exceptional security needs, including governments and militaries. A privacy switch disables microphones, cameras, and Bluetooth at a hardware level, and reduces sensor sensitivity to prevent fingerprinting.