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.
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.