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  • FCC Sides With Google, Us: Open Wireless Network Now A Possibility

    Finally, the FCC is showing some sense. The agency said yesterday that one-third of the spectrum that will be auctioned off early next year will have to go toward the creation of an open wireless network. This is a victory for Google and a setback for the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which wanted the whole of the soon-to-be unused spectrum to continue to be closed. (You can only… Read More

  • FCC Approves E-Ten Glofiish X800

    The FCC approved the E-ten Glofiish X800 and with that approval came more details that might make you forget about dropping $700 on an iPhone or becoming a crackberry addict. The spec sheet is quite impressive with GPS, Wi-Fi, 2.8-inch LCD touchscreen, but it runs on WinMo 6 and lacks a QWERTY keyboard that allows users to be a tad more efficient than poking around with a stylus. Full specs… Read More

  • FCC To Vote On How To Handle Upcoming Spectrum Auction: Google vs. AT&T, Verizon

    Google doesn’t want to do any evil. Google, does, however, want to buy up a large swath of the public airwaves in order to A) become richer and B) prevent the likes of AT&T and Verizon from gouging us, the consumer, any further. The Federal Communications Commission will vote tomorrow, Tuesday, on how to handle the upcoming auction of unlicensed, unused spectrum. Google wants the… Read More

  • CTIA Dispels Wireless Myths

    Today the CTIA – The Wireless Association filed an ex parte communication with the Federal Communications Commission, which continues the heated dialog that the trade organization has with the FCC. According to the CTIA the purpose of the ex parte communication is to refute myths that European wireless users enjoy better service, choice or pricing than American consumers. Among the… Read More

  • XM and Sirius To Offer Cheap Al A Carte Offerings

    Not a ton of info here, but apparently if this XM-Sirius merger actually goes through, you’ll be able to get your satellite radio on for cheap. Both companies plan to offer a low-cost $6.99 package that nets you 50 channels, as well as a $16.99 deal that would offer the best from both worlds. You’ll also be able to add and remove channels as you see fit. Sounds like a win for… Read More

  • Google Wants 700 MHz Spectrum

    Today Google announced that should the FCC adopt a framework that would require greater competition and consumer choice, then the company would bid in the federal government’s upcoming auction for the wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band. Google has urged the FCC to consider several rules, regardless of who wins the spectrum, and encouraged the FCC to adopt four types of… Read More

  • Google Intends On Bidding In 700MHz Auction

    It’s no surprise that Google was considering a bid in the FCC’s upcoming auction for the 700MHz spectrum. Now Google is saying that if the FCC allows the auction to proceed with open-access requirements, it will bid. The company has at least $4.6 billion available to play with for the auction, so things could get quite interesting. Google recently sent a letter to the… Read More

  • CTIA – The Wireless Association Letter to FCC

    Yesterday the CTIA – The Wireless Association, sent a letter to the FCC. This letter, which was signed by approximately 139 small and regional wireless operators, expresses the wireless operators’ opinions on the open access conditions that the FCC is considering in its 700MHz service rules. Read More

  • War over Airwaves: AT&T Vs. FCC and Google

    Today the San Jose Mercury News is reporting that an all-out war could break out between some of the largest telecommunications companies and biggest technology brands over the mobile Internet. And the battleground could become the airwaves that are currently used to broadcast UHF television channels. So why is this suddenly happening? Well, if you’ve been following what’s… Read More

  • Wireless Industry In For A Shake Up

    FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has a dream. He envisions an America where the 700MHz spectrum that’s being auctioned off soon goes to the people, not a company full of rules and restrictions. Gone are the days of locked phones and lengthy contracts. Instead we all live in a place where any device can be used to tap into a mobile broadband network. Rock and Roll Fantasy aside, it would be great… Read More

  • FCC Approves Wi-Fi Blackberry


    The FCC has finally approved a Wi-Fi enabled Blackberry for the GSM/EDGE 850/1900 band, which will run on 802.11 a/b/g. Something that caught me off guard was the series of BB that was approved for Wi-Fi. We’ve all been under the impression that the 83xx series will be the first to market seeing as how T-Mobile will supposedly be getting the 8320 in September. Was there some mix up at… Read More

  • FCC Approves HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC

    The HP Compaq 2710p aka Optimator, not to be confused with Optimus Prime, tablet has finally been approved by the FCC after months of speculation. The ultra-thin tablet includes the following specs: Read More

  • CrunchGear Really Exciting Edition: New Sanyo Spotted!

    Hey Sprint users! I hear you guys get some really cool phones for your service. Like, ya know, the Sanyo Katana? That phone rules! There’s even better news though, ’cause guess what just showed up on the FCC’s website? It’s a new version of the Katana, complete with features like Bluetooth, a bigger external display, a 2.5mm headphones jack, and an internal antenna. Read More

  • Casio G'zOne Type-S Sounds Like A Pasta Dish

    Those of you who are rugged lumberjacks out there will be happy to know that Verizon will be releasing an updated version of Casio’s rugged phone, the G’zOne. Dubbed the G’zOne Type-S, this phone not only is tough and sounds like a bad italian dish, it also features a round, rubber antenna to pick up chicks with. For a rugged phone though, the Type-S has a pretty nice design. Read More

  • iPhone Finally Gets FCC Approval

    The iPhone has finally been approved by the FCC. That’s it, nothing more. We don’t want to post anything that would cause Apple’s stock to lose $4bn or anything. FCC [via Mobile Whack] Read More

  • Clearwire Gets FCC OK For WiMax Card

    If draft-N wireless still isn’t good enough for ya, then keep your eye out later this year for a Motorola manufactured card for Clearwire’s WiMax service. Clearwire Mobile just got the OK from the FCC to sell their new WiMax laptop card. You’ll get high speeds with Peyton Manning-esque ranges (as in long, long long distances) all on the 801.16e spectrum. No word yet on… Read More

  • FCC Leaks Sony Ericsson K818

    Behold Sony Ericsson’s newest Cyber-Shot mobile phone, the K818. It is yet another phone we won’t see here in the US. The Chinese will be able to fondle this here SE Cyber-Shot to their heart’s content. Seriously, why do we keep getting screwed? I just got back from a short trip to Korea and we really get the shaft. I’ll have more stories a bit later. The K818 is first… Read More

  • FCC Calls to Say No Cellphones on Airplanes

    It took three years for the FCC to state that flying the friendly skies should not include jabbering on our cellphones. In a closing statement, the FCC ruled that research “provides insufficient technical information on whether the use of cellular phones onboard aircraft may cause harmful interference to terrestrial networks.” As far as I understand it, the original issue was… Read More

  • Amp'd Mobile Being Fined $100k

    Amp’d has been a naughty, naughty MVNO! The FCC is about to lay the smackdown on Amp’d for not protecting customer data securely enough. Turns out HP hired a bunch of private detectives to call up Amp’d impersonating customers and fished data out of the mobile provider. Amp’d hasn’t been cooperating greatly with the FCC on the investigation and has 30 days to… Read More

  • The New AT&T's First Smartphone: SMT5700


    The SMT5700 is the AT&T’s first smartphone, hearkening back to the dark ages of the SMT5600 which was considered one of the best smartphones in the Americas before it disappeared. Looks like this new model is running WinMo 5 and has a 2-megapixel camera. Not sure if this is a contender in the WinMo6 landscape, but we shall see. Big changes afoot at Cingular/AT&T… Read More