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.
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.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
MetroPCS to Sell the iPhone
T-Mobile's prepaid brand, MetroPCS, today said it will soon sell the entire range of iPhones from Apple. MetroPCS plans to kick off iPhone sales at select stores in Florida on July 1, but will expand to all stores around the nation soon.