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    Those worrying about cascading impacts from the still-new zero-rated data programs have been looking toward what the FCC might assess them as. Are they net neutral policies or not? T-Mobile has had a colorful month in defending its own Binge On scheme from criticism while AT&T and Comcast have their own programs as well. The Commission asked representatives from the three companies to meet with them for discussions. Republican commissioners called it a "witch hunt" for shaming and regulation. But, after the discussions were done and over with, an FCC spokesperson has said that: FCC ...

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    Those who are looking forward to getting over the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL already are hoping that a mid-range device will save every one of us. The hope is that Windows 10 Mobile will work way better here than it did on those flagship products. And it better be better-built while the folks are at it! Now, FCC certification documents don't really tell of anything in those veins, but we do have one of Microsoft's products through the commission labelled "RM-1152," supposedly what we're calling the Microsoft Lumia 650. Certification is also not an indicator of release date, but hey, the ...

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    T-Mobile claims that its zero-rated data scheme for video is not "throttling," a claim YouTube and the Electronic Frontier Foundation don't agree with. But whether or not you appreciate the delicate regulatory aspects of such programs like Binge On — and believe you me, the FCC is certainly interested — is irrelevant here. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, be it for a capped or unlimited LTE data plan, you're automatically opted-in to Binge On. And if what the EFF found out about the program irks you, you do have the option to turn it off. Thing is, T-Mobile doesn't make it easy. There ...

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    This development may put the FCC's meeting with T-Mobile in a new light — and perhaps the meetings with AT&T and Comcast as well. After YouTube took first spat against T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rated end users' costs for access to 480p video. That's so long as video providers ask to be on the program, which is free to participate in. YouTube was and is not a partner in the program and the company is claiming that its video is being "throttled" down to 480p. T-Mobile responded with a different term, "downgraded," which supposedly conforms with net neutrality. The ...

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    Just because HTC is asking us to ease our excitement for an off-schedule release of its virtual reality offspring with partner Valve doesn't mean that we shouldn't get excited about seeing the cogs in motion. That said, the hardware doesn't mean too much when everything's a peripheral for your power-packed computer and has been in development for a long time. But does it have to be all strings attached? Could we see you break from them? [gallery columns="4" ids="459123,459124,459125,459126"] Software will likely be the real culprit of HTC's success or failure based on this early turn of ...

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    With a device name that rhymes and a great vibe going into the largest trade show on earth, Huawei only needs to sort its paper affairs before it can start selling the Mate 8 in the United States. All neon lights are pointing to Las Vegas and to CES for an announcement to happen and this development gives that thought a nudge. The Huawei Mate 8 has passed its certifications FCC. The model number, as suggested by the FCC ID tag, seems to be NXT-L09, which differs from the international version's NXT AL-10. Other than antennas, we're not certain of what changes lie ahead of us, though the ...

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    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile's new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk "highly innovative and highly competitive." The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access "Stream TV" program that is described as "a cable service that only works in the customer's home." Today, Wheeler announced that he's requested meetings with the three ...

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    Samsung's got a bevy of new Galaxy A smartphones on the way, including both new models and rehashes of some of the first-gen Galaxy A-series devices. In terms of the latter, we've been expecting new versions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7, with new evidence for these devices arriving all the time. Over the course of the past week, that's meant a number of appearances for the new Galaxy A7 in regulatory paperwork, popping up at both the Bluetooth SIG and at China's TENAA. Now it's the FCC's turn to weigh in, and its own docs shed a little new light on the smartphone's hardware. Manufacturers ...

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    Earlier this month T-Mobile announced its latest Un-carrier hook, giving users access to streaming video that didn't count against their data plan with its Binge On system. No sooner was Binge On announced, though, than it seemed like the service brought all manner of critics out of the woodwork. Beyond our own concerns over reduced video quality, and statements from other carriers about possible network congestion, we saw plenty of you readers sounding off in the comments with questions about net neutrality: was this free pass for certain streaming video services (but not others) going to ...

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    T-Mobile has been chasing tails from the beginning of this spectrum auction process. It's been fortunate so far to have had a fairly clear berth from its smaller counterparts. It also claims to have up to $10 billion in its arsenal ready to bid — with more cash ready to go as the carrier sells some of its cell towers. Now, it's once again going after the nation's most popular network to put a cap on its quest for the 600MHz band. Specifically, we're talking about the reserve band of the 600MHz: approximately 40MHz of spectrum  reserved for carriers that own less than one-third of a ...

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    AT&T kicked off a flurry of carrier interest in WiFi-based voice calls last month when it petitioned the FCC for regulatory approval to work around existing voice-call rules for hearing-impaired users and implement its own WiFi-friendly system. The FCC was quick to give AT&T the go-ahead, and just days later we saw the carrier formally launch WiFi calling with iPhone support. Verizon execs sure seemed to have taken notice of AT&T's actions, and later in October we learned that the carrier had petitioned the FCC for its own WiFi-call-enabling waiver. Today we get word that the ...

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    Internet connectivity while travelling across the country is kinda tough. If you don't have unlimited data and a good Wi-Fi hotspot data stash, you're left clinging to airports, restaurants, city parks and hotels. Sometimes, at nasty costs. If that weren't enough, Hilton Hotels made it harder for those who had their own Wi-Fi hotspots to use them at their lodging resorts — just to corral them over to its paid internet services. Turns out, the Federal Communications Commission hates that kind of thing. And with an investigation dragging out way too long since we first reported on it last ...

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    The rise and fall of Chinese upstart Xiaomi has been a curious one. It rose out of cheap hardware, flash sales and a strong online community. It's being eaten up by not terribly cheap hardware, sale invites and strong online communities. The graph lines went up. They're going down now. What is Xiaomi to do? Well, it's something we've talked about. No, we're not going to see the Xiaomi Mi 5 on American shores, but we are getting a mean device tiptoeing between power for pennies: the Redmi 2 Pro. No, it's not exactly like the Redmi 2A. After all, we trade the Leadcore SoC for a Qualcomm one ...

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    Earlier this month, AT&T reached out to the FCC in an effort to get started with offering WiFi-based calling. Whereas T-Mobile and Sprint just kinda dove right in, regulatory approval be damned, AT&T wanted to double-check that it was doing things the right way, especially when it came to delivering services for hearing-impaired customers. The FCC thought that AT&T's proposal sounded good, and in a matter of days we saw FCC approval arrive, followed immediately by AT&T getting WiFi calls started for iPhone users. Verizon must have paying attention to AT&T's actions, and ...

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    It's been a while in the making and it's going to be a while to follow it all. But as the fight for 600MHz is garnering a lot of attention and a lot of strongarming by T-Mobile, we're keeping tabs on the latest bit of the US's public airwaves to transition from broadcast TV use to cellular network traffic. And the latest bit of news on that latest bit of airwaves is that the Federal Communications Commission has announced opening asking prices for TV stations' spectrums. Stations that currently broadcast near or in the 600MHz range have the options to either move to a lower frequency or go ...

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    OnePlus has a press event coming up in India next week, where the company says it will show off “the next big step” for its phones. And while it hasn't confirmed so, rumors sure suggest that we're about to see the debut of a new, smaller handset, tipped to launch as the OnePlus Mini or OnePlus X. We've already heard about some possible specs, and today we pick up what might just be some hard evidence for the phone's existence, as the FCC publishes certification docs for a new OnePlus phone. In a rare treat for FCC paperwork (especially concerning an unreleased device), we've actually ...

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    For all the efforts cellular operators undertake to improve the quality and breadth of their networks, sometimes you just can't seem to lock on to a strong signal. Whether that's because you're out in the country, or so deep in the urban jungle that signals struggle to penetrate through to your forty-third-floor cubicle, it's always nice to have a backup plan. If you've got a fast local network, WiFi can pick up that slack in a pinch, and if your carrier also supports WiFi-based calling, you can even stay in touch with full voice coverage. Last week we heard about AT&T's efforts to ...

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    We've been talking about HTC's Aero for over three months now, and with the company's next launch event coming up in a short two weeks, it appears to be nearly time for the phone to go official. Over those months we've managed to close in on a likely launch name for the handset, first talking about it as the A9, before evidence in late August suggested that the phone would be a One-series device: the One A9. While confidence in that name has been pretty high, especially thanks to the leak of some official-looking logos, there was always the chance HTC could end up going in a different ...

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    Last fall, Google brought us not just the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, but also the Nexus Player, its Android TV-based set-top box. Now with a new Nexus launch event just over the horizon, could Google be ready with a follow-up device? There's a mysterious new Google product popping its head up in a fresh set set of FCC certification paperwork that's fueling rumors of just such a second-gen Nexus Player. Here's what we know: the FCC documentation describes a Google “multimedia device” with model number NC2-6A5. Confirmed hardware details include four USB ports (plus one micro ...

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    What is going on with Samsung's Tizen plans? At least, while Tizen seems to pretty clearly have a future with the company's wearables, popping up most recently on the new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic, progress has been much slower when it comes to Tizen and smartphones. While we ultimately got the Z1 early this year, we haven't heard much about plans for a follow-up; there were rumors of work on a Z2 dating back to the spring, with word that the phone might launch during the second half of the year, but it's been months since we've heard anything. As we wait to see what's happening there, ...

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    Back in July, we took a look at an international customs database that appeared to reveal Samsung's efforts in testing the Galaxy Note 5 prior to its ultimate launch. What was particularly interesting was the model number involved: SM-N920F. That same one popped up a little later in July, too, and historically Samsung's the F suffix we see at the end to designate models intended for the European market. From all appearances, Samsung seemed like it was getting ready to bring the Note 5 to Europe, just like everywhere else … and then the phone launched, with no publicly stated plans for ...

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    This morning's Motorola event brought us three new phones and two new Bluetooth accessories... and that's it. And while that was ultimately more hardware than we were necessarily expecting, there was one other device lingering in the back of our minds that we were holding out hope might make an appearance: a new Moto 360. After all, we've been anticipating new hardware for a while now, and recent price cuts sure seemed to suggest that Motorola was clearing stock of its first-gen model. While we didn't get a new smartwatch today, some new evidence sure makes its eventual arrival seem almost ...

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    To hear the latest rumors, we're less than a month away from Samsung's next Unpacked event, when the company might introduce both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, more or less a no-stylus version of the Note 5 with a dual-curved-edge screen. And if Samsung really is looking to get a head-start on the IFA launches that will follow a few weeks later, it would only make sense for us to start seeing the arrival of the kind of phone evidence that usually lands just prior to a handset going official. That's just what we're looking at today, as certification paperwork surfaces at the ...

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    Over the last month or two we've been spotting evidence for upcoming Motorola smartphones on multiple fronts: new Moto X, new Moto G, and maybe even some new Droid family members for Verizon. And while we don't yet have the full picture on what Motorola plans to release as we push further into Q3, a new FCC filing offers a preview of what might just be another new handset, and one armed with some broad cellular connectivity. What we have here is Motorola's model 5137. Measuring 153.6mm x 75.3mm, the handset looks to be a bit larger than 5.2-inch Moto X or Droid Turbo. That might put it in ...

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    Google Glass managed to get plenty of people excited, and for good reason. Far more than smartwatches, the tech seemed practically right out of science fiction, yet here Google was not just developing it, but giving the public a chance to experience it for themselves. While the original Glass momentum may have seriously slowed down (publicly, at least) since its heyday, work on the project has continued, and we've heard that a new generation of Glass hardware is on the agenda for sometime later this year. Today we have what might be our first run-in with some real evidence of that device, ...

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