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.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
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.
Nokia 6 to Be Available from Amazon Next Month
HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia-branded handsets, today said it will sell the Nokia 6 smartphone in the U.S. via Amazon.
Alcatel's A30 Plus Bumps Up the Screen, Processor, Camera and Battery
Alcatel today announced the A30 Plus, an improved version of the A30 we saw earlier this year. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen (up from 5.0 inches) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (up from 1.1 GHz) with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.