DOJ antitrust chief says there's no reason why U.S. must have four major wireless carriers

While the Obama administration felt that there should be four major U.S. carriers for the sake of competition, the Trump DOJ has no such magic number. That’s the word from Makan Delrahim, the head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Delrahim told reporters on Friday that “I don’t think there’s any magical number that I’m smart enough to glean,” and that bodes well for the $26.5 billion T-Mobile-Sprint merger that was announced on April 29th.
Back in 2014, during the Obama presidency, the FCC and Justice Department shut down plans for a T-Mobile-Sprint merger …


Xiaomi admits carriers are key to its eventual US market entrance

Xiaomi has finally detailed its path into the US smartphone market. The Chinese brand’s plans to conquer the US market are certainly no secret. But now, speaking to AndroidCentral, the company’s head of the global MIUI engineering team, John Chan, detailed the obstacles that lie ahead.

Due to Xiaomi’s goal of competing at the same scale as Samsung and Apple in the country, the brand’s first objective will be tackling carriers. After all, as Chan points out, it’s extremely hard to compete in the market without carrier promotion – the only brand with “some kind of success outside of carriers …

US carriers charge on with network spending, despite Sprint's merger with T-Mobile

Just because T-Mobile is planning to gobble Sprint up in a merger that will result in eventual synergies of up to $64 billion down the road, doesn’t mean that the two carriers are slacking it when it comes to network infrastructure investment.
On the contrary, Deutsche Bank analysts are reporting that the two carriers are charging on with their budgeted capital outlays as planned, and, at least for now, the new tower rollouts aren’t being affected even on paper. If the merger goes through the regulators, the new T-Mobile will drop the amount of towers it uses from …

Motorola reveals which U.S. carriers, retailers will sell the Moto G6, G6 Play, E5 Play and E5 Plus

If you live in the U.S. and have your mind set on buying one of the new Moto G6 or Moto E5 phones, you might want to know in advance which stateside carriers and retailers will be offering these devices. The Moto G6, Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus all were unveiled last month and are available starting today in some countries like Brazil. The Moto E5, Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus were also introduced last month, on the same day that the G6 line was announced.

The Moto G6 will be available for postpaid accounts in the U.S. at Verizon. Besides the nation’s largest carrier, pre-paid providers …

Here are the carriers that will support Google Chat from the get-go

Google recently announced a new, unified messaging platform called Chat. Pausing development on the text-based Allo and video-oriented Duo, Google has finally decided to focus on a universal Android messaging effort, a la iMessage.

Google Chat uses the RCS (Rich Communications Services) standard, and feature-wise it is very similar to messaging apps like Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp, and Viber, but it’s actually built on top of SMS. RCS, if you’re not familiar, is a new universal standard that is meant to supplant SMS, and it offers the same features …

Justice Department investigating collusion among U.S. wireless carriers

The Justice Department is investigating an alleged case of collusion, but this has nothing to do with President Donald J. Trump and Russia. Instead, the DOJ requested information from all four major U.S. carriers back in February as the agency started an antitrust investigation into the wireless business. The Justice Department originally followed up on a complaint made by Apple in 2016, but ended up dropping the investigation. Apparently, the DOJ has reopened its collusion investigation.

According to reports, the carriers got together to put the kibosh on technology that would allow consumers …

Former Microsoft executive blames carriers and manufacturers for Windows Phone's failure

Many former Windows Phone users will tell you that the so-called “app gap” was responsible for the failure of the platform to be competitive with iOS and Android. Now, Brandon Watson is rejecting that argument through a series of tweets. And Mr. Watson should know since he was Senior Director for Windows Phone between March 2010 and February 2012, and was the person in charge of “developer platform product management.”

Watson is known as the individual who was able to somewhat close the “app gap” with Android and iOS, and helped to get several popular apps on board including Angry Birds. …

What do you think will be the Galaxy S9 and S9+ price with US carriers?

Samsung’s flagships smartphones started at $500 for the original Galaxy S, to the rumored nearly $1000 tag for the fast-approaching Galaxy S9+. That’s doubling of the launch price in the span of 8 years, a bit shorter period than Apple’s double trouble going from $500 for the OG iPhone, to $999 for the iPhone X.

By now, there are indications from three independent sources already that the Galaxy S9 will cost a hundred (euros, pounds sterling) more than what the Galaxy S8 commanded at launch. These same insiders tip the price differential between the S9+ and the S9 to be larger …

FCC fronting carriers $4.5B for 10Mbps speeds in rural areas, T-Mobile's 5Mbps offer shot down

The FCC will be funding Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to the tune of $4.53 billion to expand their wireless networks in sparsely populated rural areas, and ensure 10Mbps minimum download speeds. The move is part of its Mobility Fund Phase II auction, and the dough will be distributed to carriers over a 10-year period. The full statement of the FCC is worth reading, be it only for the jab pointed at T-Mobile, which argued for much lower minimum speeds requirement:

We are not persuaded that the minimum baseline performance requirement for median data speeds should be reduced …

Deal: Save $100 on the Motorola Moto X4 (unlocked, compatible with most US carriers)

If you’re in need of a water-resistant smartphone that offers nice features while not being too expensive, you may want to consider buying the Motorola Moto X4. Right now, the Moto X4 is sold in the US for just $299.99 – that’s $100 off its original price. According to Motorola, this is a President’s Day deal, but it won’t expire too soon, being valid from today (February 18) through March 3, 11:59 p.m. CT. 
To get the Moto X4 at $299.99, you don’t need to use Project Fi, and neither to be an Amazon Prime member. This is the fully unlocked version of the handset …