AT&T and Sprint Agree to Go to Trial After DOJ Suit
AT&T and Sprint have agreed to wait until after the Department of Justice's trial against AT&T is complete before proceeding with a trial for Sprint's lawsuit against AT&T. The Justice Department sued AT&T over its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The Justice Department alleges that the acquisition will lead to antitrust concerns and wants the the deal blocked. That trial is scheduled to start February 13, 2012. AT&T would like to wait until the Justice Department renders a verdict before tackling Sprint's (and C Spire Wireless's) lawsuits in court, but Sprint wants its trial to begin "immediately" after the governments trial ends. While many of Sprint and C Spire Wireless's claims were tossed, Sprint is suing that the merged entity would have too much power over handset pricing, while C Spire Wireless is suing over device pricing and the belief that wireless roaming costs will surge. A trial date for AT&T, Sprint, and C Spire Wireless has not yet been set.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
OnePlus 5T and Honor 7X Now Available In Red
OnePlus and Honor today made red versions of their most recent devices available to U.S. consumers.
AT&T, T-Mo, Verizon to Allow Note7 Replacement Exchanges, Too
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless followed Sprint's lead today and said customers who have a replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 can exchange the phone for any other sold in carrier stores. T-Mobile specified that any customer can return any phone within the initial 14-day trial period, and that includes both replacement and new Note7 handsets.
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.