Justice Dept. Asks Judge to Delay AT&T/T-Mobile Trial
The Justice Department today argued that since AT&T has pulled its merger acquisition from the Federal Communications Commission, the issue at hand is no longer pressing and there's no need to rush to trial. It has asked the judge overseeing the case to delay the trial to some unspecified date in the future. According to the Wall Street journal, Judge Huvelle, who is presiding over the case, voiced frustration with AT&T for pulling its merger application from the FCC and said, "You could change the deal in a month and everybody's time will be wasted." Judge Huvelle also noted that since the merger application has been pulled, the urgency of the case has been reduced. The Justice Department is preparing to ask for a stay in the case — or even withdraw it — until AT&T refiles its merger application with the FCC. Judge Huvelle gave the Justice Department until Tuesday to file its motion, and will render a decision on December 15. AT&T asked the court to stick with the current scheduled trial start date of February 13. It argues that delaying the acquisition any more than it already has could lead to the deal's total collapse. AT&T initially expected the deal to close by March 2012, but later pushed the expected close date to June 2012. Now, even that date may be too soon. AT&T pulled its merger application so that it could focus its efforts on winning the Justice Department lawsuit.
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.
Justice Dept. Wants Senior Judge to Weigh iPhone Case
The U.S. Department of Justice resubmitted a case against Apple today after a magistrate judge recently sided with Apple.
This trial should be delayed indefinately, until such a time as public oppinion changes, and at&t is able to show why this merger is benificial (Read: Never)