China Telecom to make stateside debut in 2012

China Telecom - AmericaOne of China’s largest wireless providers will be making its way to U.S. consumers sometime in the new year. In an interview with Bloomberg, president of China Telecom Americas’ Donald Tan revealed the MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) service will be competitively priced and will target Chinese-American tourists, students, and business travelers. Basically, this option will work by giving its users one line that works in the United States and one that works in China.

The provider is already in tests with U.S. partners, although Tan would not say what companies China Telecom is working with. But given that China Telecom’s wireless service is CDMA-based, it’s safe to say we can narrow it down to either Verizon or Sprint, or both.

In essence, it’s a light-launch for the China-based carrier that sort of feels like a test run. If all goes according to plan, China Telecom will start investing in building its own stateside service and expanding its consumer market here. Tan said as much: “If the service is growing fast, maybe we can set up our own infrastructure. The money is no big problem for us.”

China Telecom is bent on growth. The wireless company trails behind China Mobile and China Unicom, and has already made strides connecting the U.S. corporate world to China. Now, it’s trying to take on consumers in the broader retail space. Initially, this means marketing itself to Chinese-Americans in densely Chinese neighborhoods around the country.

The growing Chinese-American population will help China Telecom’s cause, but the U.S. federal government’s reticent relationship with Chinese-based enterprise expansion certainly won’t. Huawei was forced to back out of an acquisition of a California-based companies networking technologies after the federal Committee on Foreign Investment raised “security concerns.”

The fact the China Telecom is also undergoing a monopoly investigation could also disturb regulations. And while antitrust allegations are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. regarding tech companies, it’s rather unusual in China.

Cars

In Moab, Jeep isn’t just having fun off-road; it’s planning its future

Every year, Jeep travels to the Moab Easter Safari to unveil a handful of concept cars. Some are based on production models, while others are classic rigs upgraded with modern components. It's fun, but the company is also planning its…
Smart Home

Amazon Prime to get faster deliveries with one-day shipping pledge

In a bid to attract more Prime members and increase orders, Amazon is planning to cut in half its two-day delivery pledge for Prime customers worldwide, getting ordered goods to the doorstep in just one day.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Tesla taxis, NYC auto show, and Sony’s 8K TV

On the latest episode of DT Live, we discuss Tesla's autonomous taxi plans, a Face ID lawsuit against Apple,, choosing imperfect produce, the release of Mortal Kombat 11, sustainable fashion, and more.
Home Theater

No car? SiriusXM’s $8 a month streaming plan has everything but Howard Stern

SiriusXM is stepping into the streaming music ring with an $8 per month plan designed specifically for people who get their music via smartphones and smart speakers. It doesn't work on SiriusXM radios, and Howard Stern is extra.
Mobile

Waze vs. Google Maps: Which map app should you be using?

Waze and Google Maps are two of the most popular apps for those looking for turn-by-turn navigation, yet there are some notable differences to point out. Here, we examine both to decide which offers the best feature set.
Wearables

Before buying a Fitbit, check out these Garmin fitness trackers under $100

The Apple Watch is a great fitness tracker, but it's not cheap. Thankfully, there are plenty of fitness trackers under $100, and they offer many of the same features. Here are the best fitness trackers under $100.
Health & Fitness

Google’s redesigned Fit activity tracker is now an iOS app

Google Fit has landed for iOS. The activity tracker offers the same clean design that arrived with the major revamp of the Android version a year ago, with features such as Move Minutes and Heart Points also included.
Mobile

Stunning photo shows Honor 20 will get the full Moschino designer treatment

Honor will launch the Honor 20 on May 21, at an event taking place in London. A special Moschino version will also be revealed, potentially with a Lite version, and perhaps even another model also showing up on the day.
Mobile

Leak says Huawei will supply 5G equipment to the U.K., but with a caveat

A leak from the U.K.'s National Security Council says Huawei has been approved to supply certain 5G infrastructure equipment, but not the core components related to secure aspects of the network.
Mobile

Smash your carrier shackles with the best unlocked phones

If you want the freedom to switch carriers at will or you prefer to get your phone directly from the company that makes it, you'll want to buy an unlocked smartphone. These are the best unlocked phones you can buy in the U.S.
Mobile

Google Assistant for Android and iOS wants to tell you a story

Just in time for National Tell a Story Day on April 27, Google has added the ability for Google Assistant for iOS and Android to read you a story. So now there's no excuse for not catching up with a good book.
Android

Here's how much it will cost to buy the Galaxy S10 5G, and when it releases

Samsung announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show, as it will be the first 5G-ready smartphone to hit the market.
Mobile

Verizon reveals 20 new cities that will get its 5G network in 2019

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it has also begun deploying mobile 5G. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network, including when it will be in your town.
Mobile

Bothering the bots: Funny questions and commands to pose to Google Assistant

Communicating with Google Assistant can be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of fun questions and commands to add a little entertainment to your oft-rigid conversation. Here are some of our favorites.