Merger, Not a Sale, Best for T-Mobile Moving Forward
Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann today said that the company would consider merging T-Mobile USA with another operator, but said that an outright sale is no longer on the table. "We do not exclude any option for the T-Mobile unit in the U.S., also not a merger," said Obermann. But "a complete sale is unlikely." Obermann was speaking to Deutsche Telekom investors at an event in Germany. Deutsche Telekom tried unsuccessfully to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T last year. The acquisition was blocked by government regulators. According to sources cited by Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom has discussed the possibility of a stock swap with MetroPCS, which would give it ownership of the smaller U.S. provider. It could then merge the two. Deutsche Telekom is also considering a sale of T-Mobile USA's cell towers in a bid to raise more capital.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Asus Brings ZenFone 4 Lineup to U.S.
Asus recently announced plans to bring its ZenFone 4 series of phones to the U.S. unlocked market this year.
Deutsche Telekom Shopping T-Mobile to Comcast
Deutsche Telekom is discussing with Comcast the possibility of the cable firm buying T-Mobile US. Deutsche Telekom is talking to several other companies, including Dish Networks, but Comcast is seen as the primary contender thanks to its stronger finances.
Hope All Goes Well
This would be a great step forward for Metro PCS.
Me too. I like T-Mo. Would love to see them overtake Sprint as the 3rd largest wireless carrier