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11/14/2019

Motorola has launched the new edition of its Razr clamshell flip handset, which will sell for $1,500 as a Verizon exclusive with pre-orders starting on Dec. 26. The phone features a full folding touchscreen display without a keypad, and has more limited capabilities than the higher-end foldable devices in the market.

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11/14/2019

AT&T expects to see a strong wave of upgraded 5G devices hit the market next year as phone makers start to install chipsets that support millimeter-wave spectrum as well as sub-6 GHz frequencies, Senior Vice President Igal Elbaz told a media conference. The carrier, which is marketing 5G only to enterprise customers for now, will likely introduce a phone for the lower-band spectrum this year.

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FierceWireless
11/14/2019

A change in philosophy since the end of Jony Ives' time as Apple's head of design has resulted in thicker devices that give greater priority to functionality than they do to form, CNBC's Todd Haselton writes. He points to the new 8.3 millimeter iPhone 11 that is thicker than previous handsets but can support a stronger battery.

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CNBC
11/14/2019

MobileNation informed its subscribers that it will cease operating its wireless service on Jan. 7 in a website message that the company has since taken down and replaced with an out-of-service note. Owned by SI Wireless, the telecom -- which serves parts of Tennessee and Kentucky -- has not commented on the original post.

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11/14/2019

Union Wireless warned the Federal Communications Commission that it would have to install an entirely new network at a cost of up to $110 million if the rural wireless carrier had to rip out its gear it bought from China's Huawei Technologies. The telecom, which serves four states around its Wyoming base, was responding to an FCC proposal to help some Huawei-supplied carriers replace their equipment.

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11/14/2019

A bill aimed at facilitating people's ability to receive public safety alerts on cellphones, radios and televisions has been advanced from committee to the Senate floor. The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act of 2019 was inspired by a false-alarm missile alert in Hawaii that many people didn't receive.

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Senate
11/13/2019

Facebook users will soon be able to conduct secure financial transactions on their phones across all of the social media's platforms through its new Facebook Pay service, the company announced. That means consumers can make payments or send money on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger while still in the apps, with PIN codes or biometrics potentially acting as security measures.

11/13/2019

The four major US carriers have chosen Synchronoss Technologies as their vendor for rich communication
services, which the companies will offer starting in 2020. Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T announced formation of the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, an RCS-based partnership, last month.

11/13/2019

DISH Network would probably build its national 5G network starting in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami, as well as Kansas City, Mo., Tutela Technologies predicted after analyzing data from subscribers to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. DISH would acquire the customers of those prepaid brands as a condition of regulators approving the T-Mobile-Sprint merger.

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Virgin Mobile
11/13/2019

Google is partnering with Lookout, Zimperium and ESET to scan new apps in the Play Store for possible malware. Android Security Vice President Dave Kleidermacher said that Google hasn't "really had a way to scale as much as we've wanted to scale," where malware is concerned.

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