Sprint Ups Clearwire Bid to $2.2B, Clearwire Agrees
Sprint today announced that it has agreed to acquire Clearwire for $2.2 billion. Sprint initially bid $2.1 billion, or $2.90 per share, last week. Today's bid has been raised to $2.97 per share, which amounts to a $100 million increase in the total bid. Softbank, which is in the process of acquiring a 70% stake in Sprint, indicated last week that it would not approve of a bid higher than $2.97 per share. Sprint already owns 50.45% of Clearwire and is purchasing the remaining 49.55%. Other Clearwire investors, including Comcast and Intel, have agreed to the new terms and Clearwire's board has voted in favor of the acquisition. According to Sprint, the deal will put it in a better position for its LTE 4G plans moving forward, and help it to be a better competitor to AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Clearwire has vast spectrum holdings in the 2.5GHz band. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the middle of 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.