Hurricane Michael downed nearly 19% of cell sites and halted cable and wireline services for 264,000 subscribers in affected areas as of Thursday, according to the Federal Communications Commission. In response to the storm, AT&T waived overage charges for wireless customers in the affected areas, Verizon offered free calling, text and data for Alabama and Florida customers and T-Mobile had engineers and crews ready to deploy emergency response equipment as needed.
AT&T will use 700MHz low-band and 2.3GHz WCS spectrum along with millimeter wave spectrum for its 5G rollout, said Gordon Mansfield of AT&T. Meanwhile, the company plans to use its millimeter wave Project AirGig to reach rural areas.
Android and iPhone users have 92% and 89% loyalty rates, respectively, according to September CIRP data. "Loyalty has crept up for both iOS and Android in the past two years, to the highest levels we've seen," said Mike Levin, partner and co-founder of CIRP.
Robocallers have adopted methods such as "neighborhood spoofing" to get around callblocking rules, report 35 state attorneys general. As such, the attorneys general have written a letter asking the Federal Communications Commission "to adopt rules authorizing providers to block these and other kinds of illegally spoofed calls."
The first step to increased productivity is to stop acting and instead reflect on where we are and where we want to be, writes Naphtali Hoff. His other recommendations include scheduling the time we need and taking care of our bodies through activities and habits such as stretching, sleep and healthy eating.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said he wants to know what's holding up wireless deployment in rural areas and has scheduled a hearing Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., to hear from witnesses. Thune has pushed aggressively for use of unlicensed spectrum to provide more bandwidth and spur development of 5G services.
Samsung has announced its Galaxy A9 smartphone, which features a four-lens rear camera system aimed at bolstering the company's mid-range smartphone lineup, which Samsung hopes will appeal to the younger audience. The four camera lenses include a 24-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel camera that allows depth-of-field effects, while the smartphone includes a Snapdragon 660 processor, 3,800 mAh battery and 6.3-inch Full HD+ panel.
Apple reportedly is planning to create a digital video service that combines Apple-owned content with subscription services from other media companies. The TV application's Apple-owned content would be free to Apple device owners when it debuts early next year, sources say.
T-Mobile has asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant approval for 5G tests in Las Vegas and Spokane, Wash. If approved, the 3GPP-standardized 5G New Radio trials would use 1755-1760 MHz for mobile transmissions and 2155-2160 MHz for base transmissions.
Aluminum flagship phones, already a dying breed, may have breathed their last breath with Google's release this week of the all-glass Pixel 3 and XL handsets, Vlad Savov writes. Apple, which launched its first aluminum phone with the iPhone 6S, moved away from the metal in 2017 even as some critics have complained about the fragility of glass phones.
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