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  • Bullitt to Launch Phone with 2-Way Satellite Messaging

    3:00am By Rich Brome
    Early next year, Bullitt will launch a phone in the US with 2-way messaging directly to satellites. Bullitt currently sells phones under the CAT brand, as well as a select Motorola-branded models. The new phone will be the first to use the MediaTek's new NTN…
  • Google Messages Will Let You React with Any Emoji

    Mon 10:49am By Rich Brome
    Google is quietly rolling out an update to Messages that lets users react to individual messages with any emoji, instead of just the usual seven. When long-pressing on a message, the usual seven reactions are still offered, along with a new "face plus" icon…
  • FCC Will No Longer Authorize Communications Equipment from Huawei, ZTE

    Mon 10:22am By Rich Brome
    The FCC has just adopted an even stricter stance against communications equipment from Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, implementing a more complete ban. The US government has already taken a number of steps to constrain Chinese telecom equipment…
  • TSMC to Make 3nm Chips in US

    Mon 10:05am By Rich Brome
    TSMC, the Taiwan-based manufacturer of the world's most advanced chips, will bring its newest, most advanced chip production to US soil. The company had already announced plans for a 5-nanometer chip plant in Arizona. (The most advanced chips in Apple and…
  • Verizon Offers Free 30-Day Test Drive

    Nov 17, 2022, 3:12 pm By Rich Brome
    Verizon will now let prospective customers try out its network for free for up to 30 days using eSIM as a second line on their compatible existing phone. T-Mobile launched a similar service a year and a half ago. By activating as a second line, users can keep…
  • Sonim's Next Ultra-Rugged Smartphone is Almost Here

    Nov 17, 2022, 8:30 am By Rich Brome
    Sonim today announced the impending launch of their newest rugged smartphone, the XP10. The XP10 replaces the XP8, adding 5G but in a lighter and "sleeker" design. The phone will launch "with major carriers in the coming weeks". Key features include a…
  • Qualcomm's New Chips for Earbuds Include Dynamic Head Tracking

    Nov 16, 2022, 6:00 pm By Rich Brome
    Qualcomm has unveiled the Qualcomm S5 and S3 Gen 2 sound platforms, chips intended to power a range of Bluetooth audio products, including high-end and mid-range earbuds, as well as Bluetooth speakers. The big new feature is Dynamic Head Tracking for Spatial…
  • Verizon Working on a Phone-to-Satellite Solution

    Nov 16, 2022, 4:26 pm By Rich Brome
    In an interview with Phone Scoop, Brian Mecum, Verizon VP of Device Technology said "satellite is a very interesting space to us", when asked if Verizon planned an answer to T-Mobile's partnership with SpaceX for satellite connectivity. T-Mobile's planned…
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Redefines AI in Flagship Phones

    Nov 15, 2022, 6:00 pm By Rich Brome
    Qualcomm has announced its newest top-end chip, intended to power most flagship-level Android phones in 2023. As expected, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is more powerful and power-efficient across the board (compared to Gen 1), but the most impressive improvements…
  • Apple Launches Satellite SOS Service

    Nov 15, 2022, 12:58 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple's new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature is now available to use in the US and Canada. The feature is exclusive to the new iPhone 14 series. It enables short messages to be sent to local emergency dispatchers where and when cellular and Wi-Fi are…
  • November Security Patch Fixes Major Security Hole in Pixel Phones

    Nov 14, 2022, 6:10 pm By Rich Brome
    Google has fixed a serious bug that allowed anyone with physical access to a Pixel phone to bypass the lock screen and access the home screen and all phone data. The exploit required only an extra SIM card to which the attacker knows the PUK (recovery PIN)…
  • T-Mobile Lights up 5G SA in Mid-Band

    Nov 14, 2022, 1:48 pm By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile has launched 5G SA (stand-alone) technology in its mid-band spectrum (primarily band 41) nationwide. This step not only moves to a more modern network with lower latency, but will enable 5G CA (carrier aggregation) of 3 frequency bands of simultaneous…
  • MediaTek Continues Chasing Flagship Phones with New Chip

    Nov 8, 2022, 10:37 am By Rich Brome
    MediaTek's new Dimensity 9200 chip will power new high-end phones coming by the end of this year. The SoC (system-on-chip) includes a 5G modem that supports both sub-6 and mmWave, as well as AI for faster network searching. The 9200 is "the first smartphone…
  • Charter Launches Spectrum One Mobile Bundle

    Oct 31, 2022, 12:21 pm By Rich Brome
    Charter has launched a new home internet + mobile service bundle with low introductory pricing. As with Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service, the mobile offering is exclusive to customers who also subscribe to the company's home internet service. For a base rate…
  • Samsung Updates Advanced Camera Apps, Intros New Privacy Feature

    Fri 1:38pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung is rolling out new versions of its advanced camera apps for the Galaxy S22 phones, as well as a new feature to protect user's data when select Galaxy devices are handed over for repair. The Expert Raw camera app gains two new "Special Photo options" in…
  • Motorola Offers Deep Phone Discounts for Halloween

    Oct 25, 2022, 3:00 pm By Rich Brome
    Motorola is offering deep discounts on its newest unlocked phones, with some models 40–50% off. The Moto g stylus 5G is now just $200, 1/2 off, and the flagship edge+ is down to $600, a $400 savings.
  • OnePlus Nord N300 Coming to T-Mobile Next Week

    Oct 24, 2022, 11:10 am By Rich Brome
    OnePlus has formally announced the OnePlus Nord N300 5G, its newest affordable 5G phone for T-Mobile and Metro. Starting at $228, it includes 33-watt fast charging, 90 Hz display refresh, and a 48 megapixel main camera. The N300 is powered by a MediaTek…
  • Google Messages Gains 2-Way Reactions with iPhones

    Oct 21, 2022, 11:39 am By Rich Brome
    Google has announced a variety of new features for Messages, its messaging app for Android based on the RCS industry standard.…
  • Cricket Doubles Down on White-Label Phones

    Oct 21, 2022, 8:00 am By Rich Brome
    Cricket has started selling two new Cricket-branded phones: the Cricket Icon 4 and Cricket Innovate E 5G. While Cricket has offered many such white-label phones in the recent years, these additions bring the number of own-brand phones the company now sells to…
  • Verizon Reshuffles Prepaid Plans, Adds Value

    Oct 20, 2022, 5:05 pm By Rich Brome
    Verizon Prepaid has revamped its prepaid plans to offer more for less, with restructured payment discounts. The cheapest plan, offering 5 GB of data for as little as $25 (after discounts), has been eliminated. The base rate for the remaining plans is now…