MetroPCS Looking to Score AT&T/T-Mobile Assets
MetroPCS has emerged as the most likely candidate to absorb wireless spectrum assets and mobile subscribers from AT&T and T-Mobile, as the two larger companies look to save their acquisition plans. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that MetroPCS's stronger balance sheet makes it a better candidate than Leap Wireless or Dish Network, with whom AT&T has also spoken. AT&T proposed to buy T-Mobile in March for $39 billion. The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against AT&T in August, looking to block the deal, which it termed anticompetitive. AT&T and T-Mobile have been seeking ways to salvage their plans, and divesting assets to competitors is one of the avenues it hopes can resurrect the deal. The companies have not finalized a deal, but Bloomberg's sources pegged the value of the potential divestiture at $4 billion. T-Mobile would be willing to help MetroPCS fund the asset purchase. There is no information about what markets/assets are under consideration, but they likely fall in regions where the merged AT&T/T-Mobile entity would control more than 50% of the wireless capacity.
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.
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.
T-Mobile's LG K20 Plus Packs Better Specs
T-Mobile recently rolled out its own variant of the LG K20 and the phone has somewhat better specifications when compared to the Verizon variant of the same handset. The T-Mobile K20 includes the same 5.3-inch 720p display and 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, but improves RAM to 2 GB of RAM and storage to 32 GB.