Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Wednesday, 2/26 including: examples of how brick-and-mortar retailer Walmart's reluctance for mobile advertising is hurting them, the FCC's app for iOS users to test mobile data speeds announced at Mobile World Congress, Almex's rugged tablet for hostile work environments, Sierra Wireless unveils Linux-based platform for M2M apps and BlackBerry's new handsets.
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A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel will meet this week to complete a recommendation on relaxing rules preventing airline passengers from accessing tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing, The New York Times reports.
E-reader manufacturers Amazon, Sony Electronics and Kobo are lobbying the FCC to exempt their devices from accessibility laws governing tablets and other connected devices.
With the Sprint shareholder vote on Softbank's takeover offer set for June 25, Dish Network is taking its fight to the Federal Communications Commission, the last remaining U.S. federal agency reviewing the transaction, Bloomberg is reporting.
As expected, the FCC last week approved the consolidation of T-Mobile USA, Inc. and MetroPCS Communications, Inc. The merger could make T-Mobile and MetroPCS stronger competitors in the wireless market and allow them to bolster service as lower-cost alternatives for smaller enterprises.
Verizon Wireless has denied it is blocking consumer access to Google Wallet, telling the FCC that the contactless payment application is not supported on Verizon devices because of integration obstacles.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA all agreed to offer nationwide text-to-911 services by May 15, 2014, with "major deployments" starting next year.
Vonage, the nation's largest Internet-based telephony company, reiterated to federal regulators last week why the company should be granted a waiver allowing direct access to numbering resources for IP-enabled services.
Most third-party charges on bills for interconnected VoIP and wireline telephone and services would be banned, under federal legislation aimed at shielding consumers from difficult-to-detect bogus charges on consumer and business phone bills.