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.
Motorola's Notched Android One Phone to Be Sold by Best Buy
Nov 5, 2018
Best Buy recently added the Motorola One to its web site. The phone, available for pre-order, costs $400 and will begin to ship November 9.
Apple's Indoor Maps Land in 30 New Airports Around the Globe
Dec 15, 2017
Apple recently improved the selection of indoor airport maps in Apple Maps with an expansion to 30 new structures. Apple worked with each individual airport and the associated airlines in order to provide the most accurate data possible, including directions to gates, details about food courts and other amenities, and the ability to jump between floors/levels.
Google Maps to Assess How Long It Will Take to Find Parking
Jan 26, 2017
Google today added a tool to Google Maps that helps people gauge how difficult parking will be when they arrive at their destination. Google will rate parking difficulty across 25 metro regions in the U.S., including major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Seattle, and Atlanta.
AT&T Ditching its Band 71 Licenses
Jan 7, 2018
AT&T is selling $1 billion worth of recently-acquired radio spectrum licenses to an obscure Virginia company, according to documents filed recently with the FCC. The spectrum in question is all (or nearly all) of the 600 MHz (band 71) licenses that AT&T acquired in an FCC auction just one year ago.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Jun 21, 2017
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
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.