FCC Stops Clock on AT&T's Alltel Buy
Updated: added quote from AT&T
The Federal Communications Commission today stopped the unofficial 180-day shot clock on its review of AT&T's proposed purchased of Atlantic Tele-Network's Alltel assets. The deal, first proposed earlier this year, would give AT&T wireless spectrum licenses in the 700, 850, and 1900MHz bands, network assets, retail stores, and 585,000 subscribers. According to the FCC, AT&T has not adequately explained how it will transition the Alltel customers from Alltel's service to its own. Without that information, the FCC cannot complete its review. The FCC says the review was on Day 175 out of 180. Verizon Wireless was forced to divest some of Alltel's assets when it purchased the company in 2008. Atlantic Tele-Network picked up some of the assets and continued to run them under the Alltel name. AT&T agreed to pay Atlantic Tele-Network $780 million for the spectrum licenses, assets, and customers. AT&T's Jim Ciccone, EVP of External and Legislative Affairs, said in a statement posted to ATYT's web site, "AT&T is ready, willing and able to make significant network investments in these rural territories to bring HSPA+ and LTE services to Allied’s customers, an investment that will not occur but for this transaction. AT&T has actively worked to address FCC concerns and will continue to work with the Commission until all issues are resolved."
Google Pay Arrives to Fully Replace Android Pay and Google Wallet
Feb 20, 2018
Google today released Google Pay, the revised payment application and service that replaces Android Pay. Google Pay encompasses most features of Google Wallet and Android Pay in a single app, allowing people to use Google Pay to make payments online and via mobile devices.
Motorola Updates Affordable Lineup for 2018
Apr 19, 2018
Motorola today announced four new affordable Android phones coming to the U.S. market before mid-year.
OnePlus 6 Moves Up the Ladder with All-Glass Design and Top Specs
May 16, 2018
OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 6, its redesigned flagship phone, at an event in London. The OnePlus 6 drops the metal chassis of previous phones and adopts a metal-and-glass design common to today's top devices.
AT&T CEO Calls Cohen Tie-Up a Big Mistake
May 11, 2018
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson emailed employees today to apologize for the company's connection with lawyer Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants. "Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these last few days and our reputation has been damaged," wrote Stephenson in the email.
Boost Founder Wants to See Boost/MetroPCS Divested If Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Goes Through
May 22, 2018
At least one person thinks Sprint and T-Mobile should be required to divest their respective prepaid businesses if they are allowed to merge. Peter Adderton, founder and former CEO of Boost Mobile, firmly believes the market will become less competitive — particularly in the prepaid space — if Sprint and T-Mobile are allowed to merge without any divestitures.