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US Shares Spectrum With Mexico And Canada’s Borders

Spectrum sharing helps maintain the wireless network and keep it in a good state by shifting the excess users to the shared spectrum. Couple this with the fact that the US government is quite eager to provide 4G facilities near border areas, and you’ve got yourself a partnership with neighboring countries.

To achieve this goal, The Federal Communications Commission made a deal with Mexico and Canada for sharing certain wireless band spectrums. The FCC has not disclosed many details regarding the deal. However, the deal with the Canadian industry involves the sharing of commercial spectrum in 700 megahertz and 800 MHz bands.

Save Time When Buying Apps With Password Pilot

Since buying stuff online is a risky process, online stores usually have your account setup with a password with which you can access the online material and save you the peril of losing important information or data. Apple also followed the same procedure where you only had to put in your password once, saving the trouble of punching the password again for next 15 minutes.

This was only until some lawsuits were filed against Apple. Apple, fearing an FCC investigation changed the method leaving users to enter password for every download. This sometimes becomes very troublesome for frequent downloaders who get lots of stuff.

AT&T Gave $500K To Congressmen Supporting The Merger

72 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the FCC and Justice Department praising the AT&T merger with T-Mobile. And guess what? 66 out of the 70 signatures received a total of $500,000 in campaign contributions from AT&T in the most recent election cycle.

Most of the donations came from political action committees associated with AT&T, the largest corporate donor to members of Congress for the past twenty years.

Sprint: AT&T Can Boost Network 6-Fold Without T-Mobile

In what seems like a last ditch effort from Sprint, the wireless carrier offered a solution to AT&T’s weak coverage through an FCC filing. Sprint claims that AT&T could increase its network capacity by 600% by year 2015 simply by making better use of the network resources it has.

Sprint allocates a 250% improvement from AT&T’s unused spectrum for 4G, while introducing a mixed-size network with both large and small cells could boost the network by an additional 300%.

HTC Doubleshot, Unveiled Next Week?

It looks like T-Mobile is geared up to announce three new phones next week, one of which we have not yet covered: The HTC Doubleshot. The HTC Doubleshot wasn’t meant to take lightly, featuring Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a powerful MSM 8660 Dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU, and 768MB of RAM, users know they will have the power to handle multiple intensive applications, simultaneously.

The 3.7″ WVGA display might just be just the medium to see what you’re doing, while the 8MP back facing camera can record 1080p 3D recording!

Archos’ New Family Of Tablets, Coming Soon

Archos seems to be planning on its next generation of tablet PCs. We don’t have many details just yet but AndroidCommunity seems to think that the bee buzzing in the advertisement is representative of Android Honeycomb, and I would have to agree. Supposedly, whatever is going down will be revealed on June 23rd, so stay tuned later this month!

HTC Marvel- Photo + Spec Leak

TmoNews grabbed a few photos showing off the new HTC phone that is due after the Sensation and Doubleshot later this year. The leaked pictures you see is the HTC Marvel, which is basically a renamed Wildfire S with a larger screen. The HTC Marvel (seen on the right) will be an entry level Android phone with a 3.2″ screen, a 600MHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), HTC Sense, integrated social apps and widgets, and NFC support.

If AT&T Merger Goes Thru: T-Mobile 4G Will Be Demolished

AT&T is playing a clever game of words in efforts to have its T-Mobile acquisition pass the FCC. AT&T is promising that T-Mobile customers will get to keep their low rates and existing phones. Doesn’t that sound great? Well, don’t get too excited yet. AT&T plans on demolishing T-Mobile’s blazing fast 4G coverage and creating their own technology that will be incompatible with current T-Mobile phones *and* plans for that matter.

AT&T is hoping that the FCC will not catch this technicality, to ensure a smooth acquisition of T-Mobile. If the deal does go through, we will have two very large wireless carriers (AT&T and Verizon) and little ol’ Sprint tagging along.

ZTE 7-inch Tablet/Smartphone Coming Soon

Although ZTE usually makes inexpensive OEM feature phones, they have decided to jump on board with the tablet craze after seeing other manufacturers have success. The company’s most recent effort in the Android market involves the company’s new tablet, the ZTE V9 which appeared at MWC earlier this year. The company has recently received approval from the FCC which indicates a likely release of the new tablet sometime this year.

Is Your Internet Running At Industry Standard?

A usage survey by the FCC has shown that 60 percent of high speed internet connections in the U.S. are slower than 3Mbps– less than the industry standard of “minimum bandwidth” needed to accommodate today’s “high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video.” The survey also shows growth in wired broadband connections by 1 million subscriptions. While this is considered to be relatively slow growth, wireless connections grew by 15 million or 27%.

Out of 153 million connections, 31 percent were found to be…