Verizon Wireless, a popular American wireless telecom, was recently told by the FCC that they cannot block tethering apps on any device on their network. Users have been using these apps to get around Verizon’s obnoxious $20 per month tethering add on fee. If you’re unaware, tethering is the act of using a mobile device such as a smartphone to provide an internet connection to another device such as a laptop or tablet.
The FCC came to the conclusion that Verizon is in the wrong because when Verizon purchased the 700MHz wireless spectrum they were told by the FCC that they had to keep this spectrum open and not filter network usage. Verizon settled with the FCC by writing them a $1.25 million dollar check and promising to only charge for tethering on unlimited data plans, not tiered plans. However, according to Gigaom, Verizon has no way of knowing if a user is using a free tethering app, so theoretically anyone can download a free tethering app to their Android device and use it to his or her heart’s content.
Unfortunately for Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile customers, this ruling does not apply to them as Verizon was breaking a deal with the FCC that was made when Verizon purchased the 700MHz wireless spectrum. However, if you’re a Verizon customer, enjoy your free tethering by using apps like PDAnet to connect your Android device to your laptops, tablets and other devices to provide on-the-go internet access.
When the Motorola Xoom was officially unveiled at CES 2011, earlier in January. It is probably the best Android tablet yet, and the first one to run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It has some really impressive hardware specs but is priced a bit high, at $800 for the 32 GB version which comes with both 3G + Wi-Fi connectivity.
Today, another tablet by Motorola has passed FCC testing. It seems to the Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola Xoom, about which we had reported earlier.
It will have the exact same specifications as the Motorola Xoom 3G version. It will come with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with 1 GB RAM. It also has a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash as well as a secondary 2 MP camera. It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and has 32 GB internal storage. It will likely be priced much lower than the 3G version, which is great for buyers who want the Xoom, but can’t afford the 3G version at $800. Motorola will also be launching a 4G version of the Xoom soon.
Check out more details about the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi version at WirelessGoodness
Just on the heels of the Notion Ink Adam FCC clearance, we have news that the LG T-Mobile G-Slate, an Android tablet which was unveiled at CES 2011 has also been approved by the FCC. The FCC filing was dug up by UnwiredView.
It is a 4G tablet with HSPA+ connectivity which comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will likely be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with 1 GB RAM. It also has a front facing camera for video calls. No other details about the exact specifications of the G-Slate are out yet.
In the FCC filing, the tablet’s model number is V900. It has WCDMA and AWS with Bluetooth and WLAN connectivity.
Notion Ink’s CEO, Rohan Shravan, just posted on the official blog that the Notion Ink Adam, which has been riddled with controversies, has finally passed FCC clearance. Notion Ink will start mass production of the Adam tablet on Monday and shipping will commence on Wednesday.
Those who pre-ordered the Notion Ink Adam should get it in about a week now.
The product code of the Notion Ink is NI3421A01. It was one of the best tablets to be showcased at CES 2011, and has received great early reviews, but the PR team has been receiving a lot of flak for goofing up the launch.
For more information on the Notion Ink Adam, including hardware specs and other details, check out this post.
Scouted out on the FC’s Office of Engineering and Technology E-Filing, documents about a new and unannounced Blackberry 8980 device have come to light. According to the device filings, the 8980 brings the regular quad-band GSM cellular radio and full connectivity options via 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. The rendered pictures indicate a Curve-styled full QWERTY keyboard, an optical trackpad, charger/dock contact pins and a 3.2MP camera on the rear. Rumors say the device will ship with a release of OS5.0 and may be upgradeable to 6.0 eventually.
Out here at Techie Buzz, we have been using Google Groups to communicate a lot within the team, however, quite recently Google Groups started adding a message to the footer of the first message sent out to subscribed email addresses, which is similar to the one below.
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to groupname+unsubscribegooglegroups.com or reply to this email with the words “REMOVE ME” as the subject.
The new addition is most probably an introduction to comply with the FCC Spam policy, which mandates companies/corporations to add a unsubscribe link or notice to the bottom of every email which is sent out by them.
If users receive mass-mailers and do not see an unsubscribe link, they can report the company or email to FCC at their CAN-SPAM website, which will then take due action and fine the said company.
Google Groups seems to have been complying with the unsubscribe policy for the past few days, but it looks like their team did it in an hurry since they messed up the Grammar in the unsubscribe notice. The text should have been “send an email”.
Did the FCC rap you too hard, or was it just something your spell/grammar checker missed out on? By the way, we do have a list of several online grammar and readability checkers which could come in handy.