T-Mobile starts employing 600MHz spectrum won in FCC auction (UPDATE)

Back last April, T-Mobile announced that it had won 45% of the 600MHz spectrum put up for auction by the FCC. That worked out to 31MHz of low-frequency airwaves won by the nation’s third largest carrier for the amount of $7.9 billion. Low-frequency bands are in demand because they travel farther and penetrate buildings better than those of the high-frequency variation, which is why the process for the auction was fought in court for a period that stretched over two-years.

UPDATE: See a video of the first call made on 600MHz by clicking on the video at the top of the story. In addition, …


Google Pixel 2 visits the FCC with Android 8.0.1, Active Edge and SD-835 on board

The Google Pixel 2 has been certified by the FCC. Based on documentation found on the FCC website, it appears that the Pixel 2 will once again be built by HTC. The latter has its name all over the FCC filing. The paperwork also reveals that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have a feature similar to the Edge Sense that is used on the HTC U11. With this feature, users can squeeze both sides of the phone together to open apps, control certain functions (like snap a picture, for example) and more. The FCC leak indicates that on the Pixel, this will be known as “Active Edge.”

Based on some leaked …

Korean version of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950KOR) is now FCC certified

The Korean version of the unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 8, sporting the model number SM-N950KOR, is now FCC certified. The phone is expected to be made official following an August 23rd introduction just one week before the September 1st opening of annual trade show IFA in Berlin. This model will feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display carrying a resolution of 1440 x 2880. 6GB of RAM is inside, and the Korean bred model is powered by the Exynos 8995 SoC.

The FCC filing indicates that the Korean Galaxy Note 8 will use the FCC E-label technique, and the screen will include an edge-to-edge …

Harman Kardon's Cortana-enabled speaker, the Invoke, makes its way through FCC

The Invoke, a Cortana-enabled Bluetooth speaker by Harman Kardon, has stopped by the FCC leaving us with some new pictures, details on specs, and the user’s manual. Previous leaks have revealed the setup process for Android, as well as what appeared to be Windows 10, offering us insight into what information Cortana will have access to and which apps will have built-in support. The speakers latest stop at the FCC lends us the most details we’ve seen yet, however.

According to the Invokes user manual, the device supports playback for AAC, MP3, Vorbis, …

Here's our clearest look at the upcoming Meizu PRO 7 & PRO 7 Plus, thanks to the Chinese FCC

If you have been following PhoneArena as of late, you know pretty well what the Meizu PRO 7 and PRO 7 Plus look like. But just in case you didn’t, or had some lingering doubts about this upcoming Chinese handset and its peculiar secondary display, let these clear, 100% blurry-cam free images of it and its Plus version take care of that.

Ahead of its July 26 announcement, the Meizu PRO 7 and its Plus-sized compatriot appeared on TENAA (China’s telecommunications authority)’s website. The clear images give us the best look at the handsets yet, though they don’t show anything that we haven’t …

Rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active receives a green light from the FCC

The rugged version of Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, has been certified by the FCC. The AT&T exclusive landed on Geekbench recently, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. That means that the unit will feature an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside, and Android 7.1 is pre-installed. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active featured a 4000mAh battery, topping the 3000mAh cell inside the Samsung Galaxy S7. We should see something similar this year with the battery in the Galaxy S8 Active offering longer battery life …

Spam caller facing $120 million fine from FCC

Spam callers everywhere take heed from the FCC’s latest $120 million proposed fine for a robocall operation. Adrian Abramovich, the leader of such an operation, is facing the hefty fine after a three-month stint of robocalls selling timeshares. A total of 96 million calls went out with 80 million of them verified to be of Adrian’s creation.

While telemarketing calls are not illegal, Abramovich’s technique of spoofing numbers is. Neighbor spoofing, as it’s called, masks the incoming phone number with the same first 6 digits as the recipients, making them much more likely to answer …

HMD requests FCC change model number for the Nokia 9, cancelling version with 4GB RAM

FCC documents reveal that the Nokia 9, which already was certified by the regulatory agency with the model number of TA-1004, will now be known as the TA-1012. In a letter to the Feds, manufacturer HMD requested the change noting that the previous FCC results for the TA-1004 are representative of the TA-1012. HMD holds the license to use the Nokia name on its handsets.

Geekbench benchmark tests for the Nokia 9 have revealed versions of the phone with both 6GB and 8GB of RAM. Both of those models tested were powered by the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset. Another Geekbench test of the now …

FCC document reveals low-end LG X charge budget handset


The LG X charge (LG-M327) is a low-end handset that LG has been working on according to FCC documents that have been discovered. Models like the X charge are the ones that you see pre-paid carriers give away to new subscribers, or find priced at a small percentage of what it would cost you to purchase a high-end or flagship device. This is a very competitive area of the smartphone market, and some manufacturers like LG and Motorola have really been able to get their feet wet on both ends of the spectrum.

The screen of the LG X charge will carry a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. While the size …

T-Mobile receives licenses for the 31MHz of 600MHz spectrum won in the FCC auction

Yesterday, the FCC handed over to T-Mobile licenses to cover the 31MHz of 600MHz spectrum that it won at the FCC’s auction of low frequency airwaves. Unlike high-frequency airwaves, these travel farther and penetrate buildings better. By year’s end, the nation’s third largest carrier will own more than 1-million square miles of 600MHz spectrum. T-Mobile already has 700MHz low-frequency spectrum that it employs for its Extended Range LTE service.

New handsets from Samsung and other phone manufacturers will be available around the end of the year, allowing T-Mobile customers to take advantage …