The AT&T/T-Mobile mega-merger was supposed to be too big for regulators to ever accept. Then came the wild success of industry upstart MetroPCS.
Among the many people who mistakenly dismissed the idea of AT&T (T) buying out T-Mobile as a never-gonna-happen, count T-Mobile's very own top executives. How else to explain their snarky ad campaign that razzed AT&T for running an old, slow and unreliable network?
How so many well-informed people got MOREScott Woolley - Mar 22, 2011 1:24 PM ET
The acquisition deal announced on Sunday unleashed a flood of analyst's notes
With the fate of so many players at stake -- not just AT&T (T) and Deutsche Telekom (DT), but also Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion (RIMM), Hewlett Packard (HPQ), Nokia (NOK), Motorola (MOT) and the other makers of Google (GOOG) Android phones, not to mention all the companies that build cell towers -- everybody on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 21, 2011 11:18 AM ET
T-Mobile and AT&T say they won't have to raise rates to make more money after the merger, but it's hard to see how they could resist.
At a recent investor conference, T-Mobile's top executives made a point of belittling data plans for smartphone users offered by rivals AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). T-Mobile's entry-level data plan costs $10, they pointed out, while AT&T demands 50% more for the same 200 megabyte-a-month MOREScott Woolley - Mar 21, 2011 8:26 AM ET
It tells existing U.S. customers to hold tight. Offers them "cutting edge" Androids instead.
If the merger of AT&T (T) and T-Mobile USA (DT) announced Sunday wins regulatory approval -- still a big if --Apple (AAPL) may count itself one of the deal's beneficiaries. It will have expanded the addressable market for its mobile phones and tablets by nearly 34 million potential customers.
But with a merger this big, the wheels of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 20, 2011 7:07 PM ET
What does AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA mean for Sprint? A whole lot of trouble.
Sprint (S), the third-largest U.S. carrier, has struggled to find its niche for years. It spent billions of dollars building out a WiMAX 4G network that has failed to pay off. It's also battled customer losses (a.k.a. churn in industry lingo) and a reputation for less-than-stellar customer service. Assuming AT&T's (T) acquisition of T-Mobile MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 20, 2011 5:56 PM ET
AT&T announced that the new entity would be the biggest in the US with 130 million subscribers.
The national mobile carrier choices for US consumers will decrease by one if the purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's U.S. T-Mobile unit by AT&T (T) passes regulatory hurdles. The $39 billion deal, announced ahead of a major wireless conference in Orlando tomorrow, would create the nation's largest wireless carrier and drop the big US mobile carriers to just three.
Charles MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 20, 2011 3:05 PM ET
This time it is a Samsung Galaxy S under the hood.
Before the iPhone was released in mid 2007, I had been a Sidekick user for three or four years. I did jump to the iPhone but I never regained my typing and multi-task speed, even with the best Androids/iPhones out there today.
The Sidekick, as you probably know, was a specialized early smartphone that was widely marketed to and purchased by the MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 15, 2011 12:25 AM ET
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M.I.C. Gadget got its hands on what is likely a legit 64 GB iPhone prototype. Though, before you let your minds run wild, bear in mind it's a prototype of the iPhone 4 and not MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 9, 2011 9:48 AM ET
The cell company is rebooting Sidekick phones on Google's Android OS, leaving Microsoft's $500 million purchase of Danger looking wasted.
If you needed more proof that Microsoft's $500 million acquisition of mobile software maker Danger was a flop, here it is: T-Mobile just announced that service to its once-popular Sidekick devices, powered by Danger, will be discontinued on May 31.
What does that mean? For Sidekick users, it means your text-centric smartphone MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 1, 2011 11:07 AM ET
Now that Verizon has the iPhone, you can start to choose your carrier by its rates
As long as AT&T (T) was Apple's (AAPL) only U.S. carrier, nobody who really wanted an iPhone did much comparison shopping on voice and data rates. You signed up for the AT&T plan that made sense for you and your family, and that was that.
But now that Verizon (VZ) has MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 4, 2011 7:39 AM ET
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