Google is rolling out RCS, the successor to SMS, on the Sprint network

Kyle Wiggers, Digital Trends, 11/13/16 In a mobile world full of capable messaging apps such as Allo, Snapchat, Line, WeChat, and others, plain old text messaging seems a bit antiquated by comparison. Due to the technological constraints imposed by simple messaging service (SMS), the cellular standard which powers basic text messaging, cellular messaging lacks support for the […]

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Posted on November 13, 2016 at 8:30 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi calling

Lynn La, CNET news, 8/2/16 Curious about Wi-Fi calling and what it entails? CNET has the rundown on what you need to know. In addition to offering customers a cheaper alternative to their phone plans, one of the main draws of networks that integrate Wi-Fi technology like Republic Wireless and Google’s Project Fi is they […]

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Posted on August 2, 2016 at 10:18 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google’s Project Fi cell service adds US Cellular to the mix

Ron Amadeo, CNET, 6/9/16 Multi-network MVNO now picks the best connection from T-Mo, Sprint, and US Cellular. Project Fi, Google’s MVNO cellular service, launched last year with the unique ability to switch between multiple networks—T-Mobile and Sprint. Today Google announced that it is adding a third network into the mix—US Cellular. US Cellular is the fifth-largest carrier in the US, […]

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Posted on June 9, 2016 at 9:34 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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U.S. Cellular: CDMA carriers face a VoLTE ‘gap’

Colin Gibbs, Fiercewireless, 5/12/16 While some U.S. carriers are moving ambitiously to deploy VoLTE — T-Mobile is the obvious example here — U.S. Cellular is taking a more measured approach and plans to begin to bring the technology to market next year. And one major factor is that CDMA operators face a greater challenge with […]

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Posted on May 12, 2016 at 8:34 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google pushes ahead with RCS messaging app to run on Android phones

Matt Hamblen, ComputerWorld, 3/18/16 Messaging services on Android devices get dinged by users for being too complex and fragmented, at least when compared to the universal app approach with Apple iMessage on iOS devices. Google recognizes that it needs to make improvements to messaging on Android devices. To that end, the company bought Jibe Mobile, […]

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Posted on March 18, 2016 at 8:49 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Global carriers adopt Google’s SMS standard

Steve Dent, Engadget, 2/29/16 “RCS” gives iMessage-like capability to anyone on Android. Google is trying to move Android from the ancient SMS messaging system over to Rich Communication Services (RCS), and last year bought a company called Jibe Mobile to speed up the process. That appears to have paid off, as numerous global operators, including […]

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Posted on February 29, 2016 at 8:45 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Why 5G will be the superfast Swiss Army knife of wireless networks

Roger Cheng, CNet News, 11/3/15 Hans Vestberg, CEO of telecom equipment vendor Ericsson, sees the next decade’s 5G networks being smart enough to know what kind of device is using it, and why. When it comes to the wireless networks of the future, speed won’t be everything. The advent of so-called 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless […]

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Posted on November 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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4G Flaw Affects All Android Phones on AT&T, Verizon

Tom’s Guide / Marshall Honorof, Yahoo!News, 10/22/15 The vast majority of security flaws can only affect you if your software is out-of-date, or if you neglect to install a security suite. Once in a while, though, one crops up that blasts users across the board. Such is the case with a newly discovered cellphone flaw. […]

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Posted on October 22, 2015 at 7:52 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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More than half of operators plan to deploy carrier-grade Wi-Fi: report

Monica Alleven, FierceWireless, 10/22/15 Fifty-seven percent of operators have firm timelines for the deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi network architecture, and by 2020, 80 percent of survey respondents plan to have deployments in the areas of Internet of Things/M2M, according to research published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance. That is based on research by Maravedis-Rethink that […]

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Posted on October 22, 2015 at 7:39 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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AT&T kicks off Wi-Fi calling years after T-Mobile

Matt Hamblen, ComputerWorld, 10/9/15 AT&T kicked off Wi-Fi calling on newer-model iPhones running iOS 9 on Thursday after winning permission from the Federal Communications Commission two days earlier. Wi-Fi Calling helps users get better connections indoors where cellular service can be spotty. Where permitted by a carrier, it can also eliminate international calling costs of […]

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Posted on October 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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