AT&T Not Finding Buyers for Possible T-Mo Divestitures
AT&T's talks with other telecom companies about acquiring a divested portion of T-Mobile USA's assets, which AT&T hopes could salvage its bid to buy T-Mobile USA, have fallen apart, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with the situation, the Journal notes that a potential divestiture to Leap Wireless has dried up, as the parties concerned no longer believe that such a deal would benefit AT&T's case with the Department of Justice. AT&T has considered divesting as much as 30 or 40% of T-Mobile USA to competitors, including MetroPCS and private equity firms. The Journal's sources said that AT&T and Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA's parent company, are still considering all options and no final decisions have been made. Some alternatives include acquiring a portion of T-Mobile USA or forming a joint venture with it.
Alcatel's Modular A50 Parties with Light Up LED Accessory
Alcatel today followed through on its promise to bring the A5 LED to the U.S., though it has changed the phone's name to simply the Alcatel A50. The phone, first revealed in February, is compatible with a handful of modular accessories, the most significant of which features an LED-covere panel that can blink a few dozen LEDs with color.
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.
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.
Dish Seeking Cash for Possible T-Mobile Deal
Dish Networks is discussing loans of $10 to $15 billion with banks, reports the Wall Street Journal, which it would use to finance a merger with or acquisition of T-Mobile. Dish and T-Mobile are believed to be holding merger talks, though a deal is not imminent.