Apple reportedly has agreed to outfit about 30 Simply Mac locations with official machinery on the condition that the company stop performing third-party repairs. Simply Mac reportedly will be able to use the equipment to repair screens for devices with Touch ID and will charge the same amount Apple charges for repair services.
The focus to bring 5G services to market has left rural states such as Montana in the dark, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai in a Senate committee hearing. He blamed outdated broadband maps for the delays, saying, "If the FCC is truly making a decision based upon these maps, as they are written today, Montana will be left behind."
T-Mobile will reportedly boost China's OnePlus 6T phone by carrying the company's next flagship device when it launches in October, per a report that refers to OnePlus' globally popular standard handset as an alternative to more expensive high-end models. T-Mobile, the phone's first US backer, may price the phone at $550.
NerdsToGo has opened a location in Richardson, Texas. The company offers smartphone repairs and other services at its stores or at customers' homes and businesses through a mobile dispatch service.
Samsung's "unbreakable" OLED panels and Corning's Gorilla Glass 6 are examples of how hardware companies are working to make smartphones more durable. Many smartphone manufacturers have also moved to make their phones more water-resistant or even waterproof.
US-based My CellPhone Repairs plans to train more than 40,000 Ghanaian youth in mobile device service and maintenance. The company has opened a repair center in East Legon, Ghana, and plans to educate about 150 trainees in each of 275 constituencies.
A study by Pentland Analytics and Aon has examined 125 reputational crises over the past decade and what happened to their shareholder value over the following year. The study found that companies could either add 20 percent of value or lose up to 30 percent of value depending on how they had prepared for the crisis and how management behaved in the immediate aftermath of the event. "Communications have changed -- both the opportunity for error, punished by social media, and the accelerated response times that are now assumed," said Dr. Deborah Pretty, founding director of Pentland Analytics. Learn more.
U.S. Cellular will provide unlimited data subscribers with a $10 credit each month if they use less than 3 gigabytes each month under new pricing plans that take effect Aug. 23. The carrier confirmed it is raising its unlimited plan by $5 a month and doing away with the 6 GB package.
Samsung Electronics expressed hopes to become the first phonemaker to release a 5G phone, but mobile head DJ Koh said the Galaxy S10 will not be that phone. Also, Samsung introduced the Exynos Modem 5100, which complies with the latest 5G standard and is backward-compatible, meaning that the Exynos Modem 5100 could speed the release of a 5G phone.
FirstNet's board has approved an $81 million operating budget for 2019, voted to put $81 million in a new reserve fund and set aside $79 million for investments in building its network. A plan that go beyond an operating budget "really marks the very important milestone in this, the first year of the sustainable business model," said FirstNet board member Ed Horowitz.