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A Short Week in Review

July 10, 2007 in Wireless Industry News

Some made-for-blogging short happenings in the wireless industry, due to a lack of any really exciting news. In this post: the FCC auction, Sprint, more Sprint, and some RIM.

The FCC will once again be auctioning off radio spectrum, this time for the 700 mhz band. Rumors abound that Internet search giant Google may join the proceedings in its plans for world domination. FCC Officials are currently drafting rules for the auctions, which may occur later this year or next year. Interesting quote: “The auction is seen as the last opportunity for a new player to enter the wireless market.”

Now that everyone’s heard about Sprint Nextel’s “bad customer” termination policy, the New York State Protection Board wants the company to pay $200 bucks to each customer, in a nice reverse of the early termination fee for leaving the service before a customer’s contract expires.

And speaking of Sprint, the company’s stock surged after rumors that the South Korean company SK Telecom was interested in purchasing a stake in the troubled #3 wireless carrier. You might remember SK Telecom from way back when I mentioned that it partly owned MVNO startup Helio. Anyway, a spokesman for the company denied the rumors to no avail.

Research in Motion’s already big news with the continued success of its Blackberry models, but according to the company’s most recent conference call, the Blackberry will go on sale in China through a partnership with China Mobile. No one’s really

That’s it for this week

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