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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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    HTC's been busy releasing a ton of smartphones lately – problem being, at least for smartphone users in the US, is that the bulk of these new launches have been international-only affairs: One M9+, One ME, J Butterfly... the list keeps growing. So imagine our surprise when today we learn about some evidence that not only points to a new HTC model, but one that sure appears to be gearing up for release in the US – and on Verizon, in particular. The FCC just published certification paperwork for HTC model 0PM3100, an otherwise unidentified smartphone. The band support would suggest that ...

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    We're four months removed now from a landmark FCC decision, where the agency moved to enact strong rules protecting the quality of data services, all in the name of net neutrality. Last Friday, those rules took hold, and ISPs and carriers are already responding. Sprint, for one, is taking no chances with what sort of “network management” practices it might be able to get away with while still complying with the rules, and this week revealed that it's putting a stop to its data throttling practices. Sprint's notable among US carriers in that it still actively advertises unlimited data ...

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    Back at the start of the month, the FCC readied itself for a showdown: it was time to address net neutrality in a way unlike the agency had approached it in the past, considering whether or not internet service should be reclassified as a utility and regulated as such. Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a plan that would use modernized Title II regulations to prohibit paid prioritization of content, as well as well as preventing ISPs from blocking delivery of otherwise legal content. Today the FCC passed those rules with a 3-2 vote. The new reclassification applies to mobile internet service as ...

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    Samsung is super-excited about wireless charging at the moment. While it's offered wireless charging accessories for its handsets going back years by now, you'd be forgiven for considering these efforts to be afterthoughts: with the need to purchase and install optional charging backs, the company's solutions didn't feel much better than hacky third-party solutions. But the tide may be turning for the Galaxy S6, and beyond theories that the phone could feature integrated wireless charging right out of the box, we've seen Samsung very publicly drawing attention to wireless charging tech in ...

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    Last fall, the movement for net neutrality got itself some major backing, as President Obama voiced strong support for regulations that would ensure an even playing field for users and content providers alike, prohibiting paid prioritization and blocking of otherwise legal content. While that was big progress, the president doesn't set these rules: the FCC does. In the months since, we've been looking forward to the agency formally addressing the matter, and we've known to expect the proposal and voting on new rules sometime this month. Today, FCC head Tom Wheeler spells out his ...

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    If you care at all about the internet, you're very interested in seeing how things play out at the FCC with its current efforts to investigate reclassifying broadband providers as common carriers subject to Title II regulations. That decision's going to have far-reaching consequences, so it's little wonder that companies that build hardware that accesses the internet – firms like BlackBerry – are speaking up to offer their opinions on the matter. But now CEO John Chen's catching a little heat for his public letter that goes off the rails a bit, losing focus of the net neutrality issue ...

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    Who's delivering new flagships at MWC? Samsung could be in, but LG sounds like it might be out. What about Sony? The company was rumored to be prepping its Xperia Z4 for CES earlier this month, but after the phone was a no-show, MWC became our next likely contender. And indeed, Sony seems to be making progress towards getting the Z4 ready for release in the coming weeks: just a few days ago we saw the FCC publish certification paperwork for a Sony handset that a few clues point to being the elusive Z4. Now an additional FCC filing seems to reveal another twist on the Z4, outing a dual-SIM ...

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    Looking back on our CES coverage from last week, we were struck by how small a role tablets ended up playing in the devices we managed to see. That's not saying that tablets weren't present, but with no big launches from Sony, Samsung, or some of the other companies whose tablet families we've come to expect new models from, it sure felt like a more meager-than-we'd-like showing. But more tablets may be on the menu very soon, and with MWC coming up in just a few weeks, we're wondering how many new ones we might hope to be introduced to there. Today, our thoughts turn to the idea of some ...

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    How do you get online when you travel? Well, with your smartphone, obviously, but when there's heavier lifting to be done, a lot of us rely on the personal hotspots our phones can generate, turning their cellular data connections into WiFi signals the rest of our personal electronics can connect to. As if smartphone users didn't face enough obstacles against easy hotspot creation from carriers (not to mention the companies behind mobile platforms being all too willing to help carriers enforce their hotspot limits), businesses with no direct stake in the smartphone market have been getting ...

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    FCC ID. Lead-free construction. Place of assembly. Do not dispose in the trash. Our mobile devices are positively littered with all sorts of messages, icons, warnings, and advisories. Manufacturers often do what they can to hide them away, tucking all this mandated gobbledygook away under battery covers or SIM trays, but there's only so much they can do. Do we really need all these symbols and text marring our phones' otherwise quite attractive rear panels? As it turns out, maybe we don't, and the US government has taken steps to reduce the burden on manufacturers to litter their handsets ...

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