T-Mobile will sell Samsung's extra-large "phablet" today, but for more than rival carriers. T-Mobile is the first carrier out of the gate to bring its customers the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 2. As of today, any T-Mobile user can snap up the device. Rumors floated this week that the carrier was already receiving shipments of the "phablet" in its retail stores. Samsung had planned a Galaxy Note 2 launch event today, but until T-Mobile's announcement it was unclear when exactly users would be able to get their hands on the device.
The Justice Department has not confirmed that and has stayed tight-lipped on the matter, but Dow Jones Newswires is reporting today, citing a source, that the investigation has been going on for months, FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller was first to report on the investigation, Essential, aka standard-essential, patents are handled differently than regular patents, When a company's patents are deemed standard and essential, it must offer them on a fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) basis, Apple has iphone xs max protection collection - translucent -black argued time and again that some of Samsung's wireless patents, which have been deemed standard-essential, are being offered on unfair terms, stifling competition..
In January, the European Union's European Commission announced that it had launched a formal investigation into whether Samsung was using its essential wireless patents as an anticompetitive tool, and thus violating a commitment it made to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. "Samsung sought injunctive relief in various Member States' courts against competing mobile device makers based on alleged infringements of certain of its patent rights which it has declared essential to implement European mobile telephony standards," the Commission said in January. "The Commission will investigate, in particular, whether in doing so Samsung has failed to honor its irrevocable commitment given in 1998 to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to license any standard essential patents relating to European mobile telephony standards on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms."In other words, the European Commission wants to ensure Samsung isn't hurting competition by limiting competitors' use of technology that has been deemed essential in mobile products.
The Department of Justice has taken aim at standard-essential patents before, Earlier this year when iphone xs max protection collection - translucent -black it approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility -- a move driven mainly be the search giant's desire to own more patents -- the Justice Department made clear that it would pay close attention to the handling of essential patents across the mobile market, The Samsung investigation might have been a response to that, CNET has contacted both Apple and Samsung for comment on the investigation, We will update this story when we have more information..
"In our view, the larger screen size and iOS 6 capabilities of iPad Mini stand to be good enough to grab share from the $199 tablet crowd," Moskowitz said in an investors note released late yesterday. The iPad Mini will compete with such smaller rivals as Google's Nexus 7, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, all of which are priced at $199 for the entry-level models. Available starting November 2, the Wi-Fi versions of the iPad Mini will run $329 for the 16GB flavor, $429 for the 32GB edition, and $529 for the 64GB model. Two weeks later, the 4G LTE versions will debut at prices of $459 for the 16GB edition, $559 for the 32GB model, and $659 for the 64GB flavor.