C Spire's Wi-Fi service expands to iPhones; AT&T launches ESInet for next-generation 911

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Microsoft's HoloLens developer kit is now available for pre-order starting at $3,000. Ars Technica article

> Sandvine said it will purchase the business of Teclo Networks AG, dubbed Teclo, a Switzerland-based company that offers a TCP Acceleration solution to mobile operators, including satellite technologies. Release

> In a LinkedIn post, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam expanded on his company's support for Apple in the iPhone maker's battle with law enforcement for a "back door" to the iPhone. Post

> C Spire Wireless said its iPhone users can now access its Wi-Fi On service, which provides connectivity to roughly 20 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the country. PhoneScoop article

> Google could score roughly $3.5 billion in tax benefits if Intel is successful in its legal battle with the IRS. WSJ article

> AT&T launched its new ESInet for next-generation 911 services that the carrier said can support texts now and pictures and video "in the future." Article

> HTC's Vive virtual reality headset is now selling for $799. Engadget article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber may be facing a new obstacle to deliver FTTH service in Louisville, Ky., as AT&T sued the city to block legislation easing access to its utility poles, but the fiber competitor says it will support the city in finding a way to overcome the issue. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Ericsson's newly coined version of LTE, which it is calling Gigabit LTE because it will make 1-Gbps speeds possible for LTE networks, will probably need to incorporate unlicensed spectrum for most operators to deploy it. Article

European Wireless News

> TIM and Vodafone Italy said they are carrying out interoperability tests on their respective networks in an effort to enable customers of both operators to make voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) and exchange messages based on the RCS (Rich Communication Suite services) standard. Article

Cable News

> As part of conditions it will require for approval of the merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable, the FCC will restrict the combined cable operator from using contract terms with programmers to stifle their online video efforts. Article

And finally… Amazon is offering a new Wi-Fi capable water filter that will automatically order new ones when they get old. Article