BlackBerry to start shipping Priv smartphone for $699; Sprint gives Mobility-as-a-Service subs 1 terabyte of cloud storage for free

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> BlackBerry said its Priv smartphone will start shipping in the United States on Nov. 6 and customers can pre-order it for $699. The phone will work on AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US' networks. The Verge article

The FCC clarified when a carrier that wins spectrum in the forward auction portion of the 600 MHz incentive auction will be deemed to have "commenced operations" for the purposes of figuring out when unlicensed users, low-power TV stations and translators will need to move off of the spectrum. The FCC said that threshold will be when a carrier has deployed and started testing permanent equipment. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Sprint said new and existing business customers who choose its Mobility-as-a-Service platform now have access to 1 terabyte of cloud storage per user for no extra charge. Release

> Facebook acknowledged that its main iPhone app is draining customers' batteries and the company vowed to fix the issue. The Verge article  

> Sprint parent SoftBank expects to invest "several billions" of dollars per year in promising startups and established businesses. Bloomberg article

> Fingerprint Cards, a company that Samsung Electronics didn't buy but was rumored to have, is now responsible for Nexus Imprint, the technology that Google is using to enable fingerprint verification in Android Marshmallow and for Android Pay. Re/code article

> Magic Leap, the Google-backed augmented reality startup, is reportedly close to raising a $1 billion round of new venture funding. South Florida Business Journal article

> Through Oct. 26 T-Mobile US is offering the 32 GB Samsung Galaxy S6 on its "Jump! On Demand" leasing program for $0 down and $0 per month with an eligible trade-in. TMoNews article

> Ericsson and TIM presented a live concert of singer-songwriter Max Gazzè, using LTE Broadcast technology at Expo 2015, Milan's World's Fair. Broadband TV News article

European Wireless News

> Orange upgraded its core profit forecast for 2015 after it reported higher third-quarter sales and EBITDA for the first time since 2009. Article

> Nokia faces one final barrier to its planned merger with Alcatel-Lucent: its own shareholders. Article

Cable News

> Comcast has asked a federal judge to once again throw out a $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit filed against it by the National Association of African-American Owned Media and entertainer Byron Allen. Article
 
> Charter Communications appears to be quietly introducing a streaming skinny bundle of TV channels, similar to Dish Network's Sling TV service, according to DSLReports. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber is in the process of seeking permission from San Jose city council to build two "fiber huts," signaling that the Silicon Valley city could be the next stop on its FTTH journey. Article

> The Communications Workers of America has waged another attack on Verizon as the union has petitioned the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to investigate what it claims are unsafe conditions at a number of the telco's outside plant facilities. Article

And finally… Robert High, the CTO for IBM's Watson supercomputer program, said intelligent "personal" robots won't be our evil overlords. Article

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MoffettNathanson also thinks American Tower may not be able to monetize Verizon's C-band deployments as fully as its tower peers.

The companies say the demonstration confirms the usability of mmWave spectrum for 5G FWA coverage.