Stories by Matt Hamblen

Galaxy S6 pricing slips out: $US780 unlocked, at least in Spain

BARCELONA: More details have surfaced on Samsung's new Galaxy S6 smartphone, including an unlocked price of 699 euros (about $US780) for a 32 GB version, according to Samsung's website in Spain.

MWC 2015: hopes to reach 100 countries in a year, up from six now

BARCELONA:, which is already offering free Internet service in six countries, has ambitious plans to connect to 100 countries in the next year.

FCC a 'referee,' not a regulator, of the Internet, Wheeler says

BARCELONA -- FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday defended the commission's recent vote in support of net neutrality, saying it isn't regulation as some critics contend it is, but instead sets up the Federal Communication Commission as a kind of referee.

Zuckerberg tracks early success with

BARCELONA: Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has congratulated three Internet service providers for their success with early initiatives in six countries where much of the population has never been online.

Samsung's grand obsession with the iPhone

BARCELONA: Is Samsung obsessed with out-doing the Apple iPhone? Not exactly, but it's a fair question.

From Microsoft: Two new Lumia smartphones to upgrade later to Windows 10

BARCELONA -- Microsoft today announced two new Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1, which will be upgraded to the cross-platform Windows 10 later in the year.

A mobile payment battle is blazing

Mobile in-store payments could grow dramatically in the U.S. as the result of a battle brewing among tech giants Google, Samsung and Apple.

What does the FCC's net neutrality vote mean?

Net neutrality has been debated for a decade, but the Federal Communications Commission's historic vote on Thursday signals only the beginning of further battles and likely lawsuits.

Samsung looks to LoopPay for mobile pay foothold

Samsung is expected to unveil its newly-acquired LoopPay mobile magnetic payment technology inside its upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone. The phone is widely expected to be announced March 1 at Mobile World Congress.

Sprint and T-Mobile defend unlocking policies

Sprint and T-Mobile separately defended their smartphone and tablet unlocking policies on Wednesday following criticism from independent researcher Sina Khanifar.

Researcher faults unlocking policies from Sprint and T-Mobile

Sprint and T-Mobile don't fully comply with a series of voluntary smartphone and tablet unlocking policies, even though both companies were praised last week by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for doing so, according to an independent analysis performed by a former developer of unlocking software.

Ex-FCC attorney says Internet plan won't achieve broadband goals

Most Americans have no idea what net neutrality means or is supposed to accomplish, even though plenty has been written on the topic.

Shanghai OnStar's Diane Jurgens and her grand China adventure

If staying busy is the secret to happiness, Diane Jurgens can tell you all about it.

U.S. carriers meet voluntary deadline for unlocking mobile phones

Unlocking a mobile phone from a single U.S. carrier has caused consumers headaches in recent years, but seven major carriers on Wednesday met a voluntary, industry-created deadline to set conditions for unlocking to occur.

Muni broadband providers clash over Title II net neutrality reforms

Nothing comes easy in the net neutrality battle. Take how different municipal broadband providers disagree over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to reclassify broadband providers as public utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.