Sprint is deploying more of its Magic Box LTE small cells in many areas even though the carrier has had trouble keeping up with demand, CEO Marcelo Claure said. Also, the telecom's Sprint Foundation said it will provide free gear and wireless services to 180,000 low-income teens as part of a five-year plan to hook up 1 million high school students.
On-demand smartphone and tablet repair company CellSavers will rebrand as Puls and expand its services. In addition to a wider range of device repairs, the company will offer installation, demonstration and tech support.
Competitive Carriers Association has asked federal regulators to deny Verizon's attempt to buy Straight Path Communications' millimeter wave licenses and requested that they be auctioned off instead. CCA told the Federal Communications Commission that the deal would prevent smaller carriers from competing effectively for 5G services in rural and isolated areas.
Competitive Carriers Association has joined a group seeking to block Sinclair's effort to buy Tribune's broadcast stations on the grounds that it would create a powerful TV station group that would reduce the number of voices in the media. T-Mobile filed its own objection to the deal with the Federal Communications Commission, arguing that it would delay the transfer of broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers.
The multitudes of people expected to capture the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on their wireless devices could cause massive service interruptions across the swath of the US in the event's path, public safety experts warn. Carriers are sending emergency mobile cell sites to some areas, but service in many rural areas may be lost.
Major high-tech companies on Monday urged the US Supreme Court to strike down a lower-court ruling that allowed police to use private cellphone data as evidence against a man convicted of a string of armed robberies. In a brief, the companies argued that authorities should have to obtain a warrant before accessing cell site location information.
Verizon Communications will compete with FirstNet by building a separate network core for first responders. The network will operate even in states that have opted into FirstNet.
Innovations such as iPhone home buttons that serve as fingerprint scanners can make it more difficult to repair broken phones, says Brandon Heard, manager and technician for Georgia Cell Co. Heard says he begins seeing repair requests for new phones within a week of their purchase, with cracked screens, water damage and broken charging ports representing the bulk of the problems.
Motorola has been issued a patent for a "shape memory polymer" screen that can repair itself after being cracked. The device would apply heat to cracked areas, increasing the polymer's temperature and reversing deformation, the patent filing indicates.
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