Sprint May Make Competitive Bid for MetroPCS
Sprint is considering whether or not it should make a counteroffer to T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom for MetroPCS. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that Sprint is going over its financials to determine if it can make a bid for the prepaid carrier. It had been considering acquiring MetroPCS for several weeks. Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS announced on Wednesday plans to merge T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, which are the fourth- and fifth-largest carriers in the U.S., respectively. Even combined, the merged companies will still rank fourth behind Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint. Sprint may decide as soon as next week if it will make an offer. Bloomberg also reports that Deutsche Telekom is "prepared" for a counteroffer from Sprint, and will weigh terms as necessary.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
Oreo Hitting Most US Versions of Samsung Galaxy S8
People in the U.S. who own the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ can expect to see Android 8 Oreo reach their phone over the coming days.
U.S. Carriers Creating Stronger Tool to Verify Customer ID
All four major carriers in the U.S., AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, are building a "multi-factor authentication" method that will rely on peoples' cell phones to gain account access. The system, which has been in development since last September, is expected to launch before the end of the year.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.