T-Mobile US outpaced analyst predictions in netting 1.3 million subscribers in the second quarter, 786,000 of whom were on a post-paid basis, the carrier reported Wednesday. Revenues grew by 10% from the period a year ago as churn fell to a record low of 1.1% and earnings more than doubled.
Men are significantly more likely to break their cellphones than women are, particularly in Atlanta, Denver, San Diego and Seattle, four cities where men are twice as likely to require cellphone repairs, a CellSavers survey found. The survey also found that women are more likely to break an iPhone than men, who account for more Samsung Galaxy damages.
Competitive Carriers Association has urged federal regulators to prevent Verizon Wireless from acquiring 5G millimeter wave spectrum in two pending acquisitions that, if approved, would result in Verizon meeting or exceeding the spectrum screen in nearly one-third of US counties. In a Federal Communications Commission filing, CCA said pending deals, if approved, would provide Verizon with an excess of the MHz-POPs.
T-Mobile has offered to aid low-power TV stations that may lack the funds to relocate to temporary channels to make room for wireless carriers that bought their 600 MHz spectrum in the incentive auction. T-Mobile told the Federal Communications Commission that it would pay all "reasonable costs" LPTV outlets would bear in relocating while they find permanent homes.
Iowa became the fifth state to partner with FirstNet and AT&T on a nationwide first-responder plan after Arkansas and Kentucky last week joined Wyoming and Virginia in the group. Pennsylvania became the ninth state to issue a request for proposals in search of a alternative vendor to FirstNet.
Silicon Valley insiders say smartphones are already being optimized for augmented reality, writes Mike Elgan. For instance, Apple is reportedly developing a rear-facing 3D laser system into its new iPhone 8, and Microsoft is creating a Surface-branded Windows 10 phablet optimized for AR.
Staymobile has added mobile repair courier services, allowing customers to have their cellphones picked up, repaired and delivered back to the location of their choice after the work is completed, for an extra $10 fee. In Georgia, the service is available within a 10-mile radius of three Staymobile stores.
Apple's iPhone 8 is expected to include such features as a new OLED display, curved glass and inductive charging, Ewan Spence writes.
AGiRepair has launched AGiProtect, a program that provides K-12 schools with benefits that include unlimited repairs for accidental damage. AGiProtect allows schools to receive iPad and MacBook Air repairs with no deductible in the event of cracked screens, broken charging ports and other common problems.
Elon Musk spoke about his concerns about artificial intelligence at a National Governors Association meeting, calling it "the biggest risk we face as a civilization." Musk said that the best solution for managing this risk is to work on regulations that proactively address the issues this tech creates.
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