It’s that time of the week when our thoughts stray from the work at hand to what we might do this Columbus Day weekend, but the tech industry is pushing through hump day with a variety of news items you’re sure to enjoy. Work off that post-keynote hangover by reading the latest news for Wednesday, October 5 starting… now!
Closer and closer we get to the rumored release date of the next generation of iPhones. And, true to form, the rumor mill stories are all starting to get more and more overlapping and similar. October 4th is almost universally agreed as the Go-Date and things are starting to gear toward a two model release. Well, then, what else is going down?
We’ve been hearing rumors of a refreshed “iPhone 4S” for months, with at least one analyst now believing that may be the only new model introduced this year. While the world debates whether or not we’ll see an iPhone 5 this year, AT&T has quietly slipped some new cases into their stores which may hold a clue.
Competition is fierce in the world of wireless, but that doesn’t mean that telecom giants can’t occasionally come to each other’s aid in times of crisis. Case in point: Recent comments by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam which appear to be in favor of rival AT&T gobbling up T-Mobile.
We know this much: there's another iPhone on the horizon. Maybe. Rumors suggest that the phone will also be available on all major carriers, including Sprint and T-Mobile, which was recently acquired by AT&T. Assuming that the hearsay is true, that leaves an awful lot of choice for the confused consumer. If you're planning on finally adopting the iPhone into your life, you might be wondering which carrier is right for you. Read on for a a comparative breakdown of each carrier that offers the iPhone -- you might even walk away with an itch to end your current iPhone contract.
The Financial Post is reporting on a note to clients from J.P. Morgan's Mark Moskowitz that claims Apple will launch two new iPhones this fall: a redesigned iPhone 5 and an "iPhone 4-plus". According to the report, both devices will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, with the iPhone 4-plus designated as an inexpensive model for the masses in the U.S., as well as China.
The end of August tends to be a slow time on the news desk, as last minute vacations are crammed in, as sleepy vacationers slowly get back in the groove of things, and as parents start bundling their kids off to school once more. Who has time for the news under those circumstances? Well, here's the stories that were heating up our thermometers this week, burning up the wires.
AT&T will soon present a new, two-track plan to United States antitrust regulators in an effort to salvage its proposed purchase of T-Mobile. The deal, estimated at $39 billion, hit a major roadblock yesterday when the Justice Department announced it would be filing suit to stop the merger, as it would lead to just three wireless companies controlling 90 percent of the U.S. market.
AT&T hopes there are enough concessions in the new plan to to allow for a settlement before the lawsuit goes to trial.
The United States Department of Justice has filed suit to block the pending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.
AT&T claims it was surprised by the lawsuit brought by the government, and that they would be seeking an expedited hearing in the matter. The proposed merger would have created a new market leader among wireless carriers, surpassing current leader Verizon and leaving now third place carrier Sprint in the dust.
It’s often a bummer to be a cell phone manufacturer catering to the United States, one of the few countries to have dual competing technologies with GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon). In the past that’s meant producing two different devices such as Apple did with the iPhone 4, but that could be a thing of that past come this fall.