FCC Says No Rubber Stamp for AT&T / T-Mobile Merger
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, an unnamed Federal Communications Commission official said, ""There's no way the chairman's office rubber-stamps this transaction. It will be a steep climb to say the least." AT&T proposed to acquire T-Mobile earlier this week for $39 billion and would create the nation's largest wireless network operator with 130 million subscribers. The deal has to be approved by the government before it can be completed. The FCC official's comments indicate that AT&T will likely have to make a number of concessions in order to get the deal approved. AT&T is confident the deal will pass muster. AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris said, "We understand that Congress, the DOJ, the FCC, as well as wireless consumers will have questions about the transaction. We look forward to answering and addressing those questions. We are confident that the facts will demonstrate that the deal is in the public interest and that competition will continue to flourish."
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.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
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.
T-Mobile and Dish Discussing Possible Merger
T-Mobile and Dish Networks are negotiating a potential merger between the two companies, reports the Wall Street Journal. The companies have agreed to some of the broad strokes of combining, but not the details.
FCC and Justice Dept. Likely to Approve AT&T-DirecTV Deal
The FCC and Department of Justice are wrapping up their review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV and don't have any real concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. The agencies may still impose conditions on the deal, but aren't likely to block it, says the Wall Street Journal.
why was it ok for verizon to buy Alltel and jump past at&t as the nations largest wireless carrier...but at&t is getting such a hassle about this?
That the seemingly high school or community college edu...
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I am surprised none of the other comment bashers.. and they know who they are, have not jumped in on this one yet.
When you deal with the devil...
"We are confident that the facts will demonstrate that the deal is in the public interest and that competition will continue to flourish."
Further proof that lying is an art form which must be skillfully honed in law and business school.
TALK IS CHEAP
I wonder if AT&T will have to divest some markets like Verizon had to do on the Alltel deal.
I think they should divest some markets where AT&T and T-Mobile overlap. Thats what Verizon had to do. Whats fair is fair.
The problem with this merger is that AT&T is in nearly in every market t...
It all comes down to......
This is good