It appears that major wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint are at it again -- initiating merger negotiations anew, at least according to a report recently published by the Wall Street Journal. As indicated in the report, the talks are said to be in the early stages, which means that an agreement between the two parties is not to be expected as of the moment.
According to a report recently published by FierceWireless, it turns out that Sprint is currently testing new unlimited data pricing options in no less than half a dozen cities within the United States. The fourth biggest mobile operator in America has confirmed that it is indeed conducting trials involving new unlimited data plans, just as it has on several past occasions for purposes of trying to continuously update or make its offerings competitive with that of its rivals in the wireless industry.
When Qualcomm first unveiled its upcoming chip, the Snapdragon 845, back in December of last year, it highlighted the new processor’s prowess in categories such as processing performance, support for artificial intelligence features, graphics processing, connectivity, and mobile security. Well, just recently, the world’s foremost chip maker invited journalists to put the Snapdragon 845 through some benchmark tests.
Among the Big Four carriers in the United States, T-Mobile now holds the distinction of being the first to complete live network tests of Narrowband LTE technology for Internet of Things (or NB-IoT for short). The third biggest mobile operator in the country achieved this with the help of tech giants Qualcomm and Ericsson across a number of sites on its network in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. The trials were done utilizing 200 KiloHertz of the carrier’s advanced wireless services (AWS) airwaves. Also, T-Mobile also took the opportunity to announce a new partnership it struck with Las Vegas in rolling out IoT related wireless offerings.
SquareTrade is an American firm that specializes in providing extended warranty services for consumer electronic products and appliances. Based in the city of San Francisco in California, SquareTrade routinely puts high profile smartphones through its Breakability tests, which aims to fully evaluate the durability of a mobile device currently out in the market.
Earlier this month, testing firm OpenSignal released the results of its study which pits the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) against each other in terms of the best coverage, the most reliable connection, and the fastest speed. OpenSignal recognized T-Mobile as the fastest wireless carrier in America.
We may be finally entering into the age of 5G wireless technology. Okay, maybe not. But recent developments suggest that we are going to get there eventually. AT&T, the second biggest wireless carrier in America, has revealed that it is planning to to begin development work on its 5G wireless service in the second quarter of this year, and it is doing so with the help of big name partners such as Intel and Ericsson. Before the end of this year, the wireless carrier should be able to start field trials for its 5G technology in the city of Austin in the state of Texas.
It has been more than half a decade since Verizon Wireless brought 4G LTE to the United States. This time around, the Big Red is getting ready to take it to the next level. The wireless carrier has just revealed that it has plans to start testing its 5G network by next year. As a matter of fact, Verizon Wireless has been keeping itself busy creating network environments, aka sandboxes, in its Innovation Centers located in the city of San Francisco, California and in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Apple has just released iOS 9 Public Beta 3, and this marks the first time that the iPhone maker has permitted the general public to take part in the beta testing of the upcoming latest version of iOS 9, the company’s new mobile operating system. iOS 9 Public Beta 3’s release only comes a few weeks after the Public Beta 2 build was rolled out by Apple. While Public Beta 2 mainly consisted of fixes for bugs and improvements on processing speed, Public Beta 3 will offer beta testers significantly more.
Samsung Pay begins its trial in South Korea this week. For those not in the know, Samsung Pay is Samsung’s answer to Apple Pay, the mobile payment system that Apple first launched in October of last year. Samsung Pay is powered by LoopPay, the Boston company that Samsung acquired earlier in 2015.
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