T-Mobile USA Scores AWS Spectrum, UMTS Roaming from AT&T
T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom has revealed the terms of the break-up fee owed to Deutsche Telekom now that it and AT&T have agreed to cease pursuing AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. AT&T has to pay Deutsche Telekom $3 billion in cash, which it will do by the end of the year. T-Mobile USA will be awarded with a large package of AWS mobile spectrum in 128 markets, including 12 of the top 20 markets in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle). In addition to the spectrum, AT&T has agreed to sign a seven-year UMTS roaming agreement that gives T-Mobile USA a coverage boost from 230 million POPs to 280 million POPs. The roaming agreement gives T-Mobile a significantly larger service footprint for UMTS-based voice and data. Timing for the transfer of the AWS spectrum licenses wasn't disclosed.
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.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Asus Brings ZenFone 4 Lineup to U.S.
Asus recently announced plans to bring its ZenFone 4 series of phones to the U.S. unlocked market this year.
Pretty awesome for T-Mobile.
if they weren't quiet and the merger failed, they couldn've lost the breakup fees
Looks like the HSPA+ 1900 band will be put on their upcoming 3G phones
Then again all is speculation.