Mystery HTC Phone on Its Way to Verizon Stops by FCC (Updated)

A random HTC device stopped by the FCC today, looking all sorts of ready for Verizon. To be honest, though, I have no idea what this phone is. The FCC (ID: NM80PM3100) calls it a “smartphone” and says that it has support for all of Verizon’s typical CDMA and LTE bands, along with a couple of GSM bands for global roaming, but those are the only details we have.

Could this be the One M9+ on its way to the US? Eh, maybe. Is it another budget HTC device, like the Desire 612? Could be that too. Is this something completely new from HTC that we haven’t even been tipped to? That would be something.  (more…)

Nest May Introduce a New Wireless Camera at Next Week’s Event (Updated)

UPDATE:  Here is our exclusive story on the Nest Cam and its new Android app.


Nest has an event planned for next week, but up until today, a potential focus for the Google-owned smart home product maker was mostly unknown. Sure, we all assumed that a new product of some sort would be on hand, but no one was sure if it would be a new thermostat, something from Dropcam (a company Nest owns), or the introduction of a new product category altogether.

According to an FCC filing from “Nest Labs Inc.,” we may see a new camera.  (more…)

FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules, the “Strongest” in History

Sorry that we didn’t have a chance to touch on this yesterday, but yep, the FCC passed chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to keep the internet open and free and awesome. In a 3-2 vote, the FCC passed “strong, sustainable” rules that will “protect the open internet.” The FCC firmly believes (as do we) that these new rules will “preserve the internet as a platform for innovation, free expression, and economic growth.”  (more…)

Phone Unlocking is Now, Like, Super Legal Starting Today

Over a year ago, the FCC and the CTIA (organization who represents all of the big wireless carriers) reached an agreement on how each of the big wireless carriers in the US should approach phone unlocking and unlocking requests from their customers. We are bringing up the subject again today, because February 11 was the date set for all participating parties to be ready for every single one of you to flood your carrier with a wave of unlock requests, or something. OK, not really, but today is the day that carriers needed to to be in full compliance with that previously mentioned agreement, an agreement that included six bullet points for handling the unlocking of the phones (“Six Standards on Unlocking”). You will hear people toss around things like, “It’s now legal to unlock your phone starting today!” (Just like I did in that click-baity title.) But that’s not really the case. It has been legal for a long, long time, it’s just that today, carriers have to be more friendly about it all.

Let’s talk a bit about it.  (more…)

Placeholder: For All of the Laughable Statements That Will Soon be Released by ISPs in Response to Tom Wheeler’s Proposal

Now that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has made his open internet, net neutrality proposal public, we thought we should create a placeholder or gathering ground for all of the laughable responses that will undoubtedly arrive from our favorite ISPs, both wired and wireless, over the next few hours.

Check back for the latest!  (more…)

FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality: Title II, Ya’ll! (Updated)

“The internet must be fast, fair and open.” Those are the words of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, penned in a post he wrote this morning that was published through Wired. Wheeler, in his statement, is talking about net neutrality, of course, the subject that will define the way we use the internet going forward, both on computers and on mobile. In his statement, Wheeler said that he will use his authority to submit the “strongest open internet protections ever proposed,” which means he is proposing Title II regulation.  (more…)

T-Mobile Agrees to Pay at Least $90 Million for Obscuring Premium SMS Charges

AT&T paid $105 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it profited from stuffing subscribers’ bills with premium texting fees. Now it’s T-Mobile’s turn. Facing identical charges, the “Uncarrier” announced last Friday that it would set aside millions of dollars to reimburse affected subscribers and satisfy fines.

Under the terms of an agreement with the FTC and all 50 states’ attorney generals, T-Mobile will pay back $90 million or more to customers hit with unauthorized charges. In addition, it will cough up a collective $22.4 million in penalties, $18 million to states and $4.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (more…)