Justice Dept. Questions Legitimacy of AT&T/T-Mobile Deal
The Department of Justice today said that AT&T's withdrawal of its application to acquire T-Mobile USA with the Federal Communications Commission puts into question whether or not the plan is still active. In AT&T's request to withdraw the application, it said in so doing it would either "abandon the transaction altogether" or submit a substantially changed new plan. These comments gave pause to the Justice Department, which wonders if there's even a case to now pursue. Richard Levie, a special master overseeing the DOJ’s antitrust case against the merger, says the DOJ can proceed. "The FCC-related activities have not … altered the status of this litigation," he wrote in an order today. "Although FCC approval is necessary for the proposed merger, so, too, is a favorable ruling from the federal court in this case. As there is no requirement of which the Special Master is aware that one approval must come before the other, the federal court case remains on track." The trial is set to start on February 13.
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.
Gov to Continue Fighting Apple Over iPhone in Drug Case
The U.S. Department of Justice says it has appealed a ruling that prevents it from forcing Apple to unlock an iPhone in a New York drug case.
AT&T Wins Again
The WORSE part of this whole deal is the ammount of tax payer money that's going into trying to prevent AT&T from trying to monopolize the cell phone industry as they did with landlines back in the 80's and 90's.
I believe you need to read your history a little better so you know the telecommunications industry better.
The Ma Bell breakup was initia...