Verizon Media touted the opening of a 5G production studio in Los Angeles, in tandem with in-house innovation and content lab RYOT, calling the facility the first of its kind in the US. The company said it wants to create content at the cutting edge of technology, and will partner with third-party content creators.
A nationwide mobile banking platform is now available from T-Mobile, following a trial the company launched in November in cooperation with a Customers Bank unit. T-Mobile Money will offer a number of mobile banking services, including a 4% yield on limited balances, check-writing, deposits, bill paying, transfers and person-to-person payments.
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, followed the guidance of national security experts in opposing China Mobile's eight-year-old bid to enter the US market. Pai has drafted and circulated an order, ahead of an expected FCC vote on May 9, in which he cites the Chinese government's potential influence over the carrier.
Apple deconstructs used iPhones for recycling at its 9,000-square-foot warehouse in Austin, Texas. Apple uses its proprietary robot technology to break down the phones into useful components at a rate of 200 phones per hour and plans to create a "closed loop" where devices are either refurbished for future use or recycled into materials for new devices.
T-Mobile is partnering with cable company Comcast in adopting the government's anti-robocall SHAKEN/STIR protocol. The companies will work across their networks to ensure calls between selected mobile handsets on T-Mobile's network and Comcast's home phone service emanate from a live person.
Samsung Electronics said it will look into reviewers' reports that its Galaxy Fold handset breaks quickly, and is planning to do so ahead of the phone's April 26 launch. The South Korean company issued a statement saying, "...a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display, which caused damage to the screen."
Analysts are issuing bearish predictions ahead of Apple's quarterly report on April 30, with shipment declines for the majority of handset models following a 15% first-quarter drop in iPhone revenue. Reports also list the XR model, the least expensive choice, as Apple's most popular iPhone.
Vendors told carriers at CCA's Mobile Carriers Show 2019 they should make upgrading their networks to support 5G service a top priority to improve network efficiencies. Telecom executives offered mixed responses with one carrier official pointing to the high infrastructure costs and another conceding the move would prove costly, but is necessary.