FCC 'Highly Skeptical' About Sprint/T-Mobile Tie-Up
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, told executives from SoftBank and Sprint he is highly skeptical a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile would pass regulatory review. SoftBank's Masayoshi Son and Sprint's Dan Hesse met with Wheeler Monday in an attempt to convince the FCC it would be beneficial to the market for Sprint and T-Mobile to combine in order to better fight AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Wheeler said he would keep an open mind about such a deal, according to sources cited by Reuters, but he also repeated the sentiment given by the U.S. Department of Justice that a merger between the No. 3 and No. 4 carriers would face a long road toward gaining regulatory approval.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Sprint Uninterested In the Uncarrier, Will Abandon Merger
Sprint plans to end its pursuit of T-Mobile. The company and its owner SoftBank have been weighing the idea for nearly a year.
FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today voiced his approval of Sprint's decision to halt its attempt to acquire T-Mobile. "Four national wireless providers is good for American consumers.
FCC Dubious On Future Wireless Mergers
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today suggested the agency will take a long, hard look at any proposed mergers between wireless companies. "We will continue to be skeptical of efforts to achieve scale through the consolidation of major players," said Wheeler at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas.
I have always been against losing competition. But, it is clear that the industry's two leading carriers will forever be written as to remain the only two large carriers. No one will be allowed to compete on the same level. With the amount of small carriers going the way of south, Sprint or Tmobile will continue to get the small remains of the duopoly and never catch up. The time is now to move. The Goliaths need a larger Sampson.
This sucker's need to leave T-Mobile alone!!!!
Basically someone is going to buy them but the question is who?