Deutsche Telekom CEO Stepping Down Next Year
Deutsche Telekom today announced that CEO Rene Obermann will vacate his leadership post in December 2013. The company has already announced that current CFO Timotheus Höttges will succeed Obermann after he leaves. Obermann has been CEO of Deutsche Telekom for seven years, and with the firm for a total of 16 years. Obermann will work closely with Höttges to ensure a smooth transition. Deutsche Telekom is the parent company of T-Mobile USA. Obermann played a vital role in attempting to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T in 2011, and later merging the company with MetroPCS. The MetroPCS merger should be finalized by mid-2013, before Obermann's departure.
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.