The big event on Tuesday was Apple CEO Tim Cook's return to the AllThingsD conference, which we'll get to in a moment, but we managed to assemble a handful of other tidbits for you as well. We've got an acquisition, a merger, a couple of software updates and even some gripes about Apple's plans to relocate its flagship San Francisco retail store… so dig in and enjoy!
That was quick! Less than a week after MetroPCS shareholders approved a merger with T-Mobile USA, the companies have announced the deal is done and the combined company is already trading on the stock exchange.
There's a shakeup under way in the U.S. wireless carrier business. T-Mobile is leading the way, first with its new "UNcarrier" plans and now with an expansion-minded MetroPCS merger. And the sentiment is making its way toward the Big Kahuna, Verizon Wireless, as customers make it known that they'd prefer to be set free from restrictive two-year contracts. What will the mobile landscape look like in the future?
In case you haven't noticed, satellite provider Dish Network wants to get into the cellular carrier business -- only days after a rumored partnership with T-Mobile, the TV provider is launching a bid for Sprint instead.
Fourth-place U.S. carrier T-Mobile might finally have a fighting chance at a comeback now that the FCC has signed off on its proposed merger with MetroPCS, and the timing couldn't be better since the carrier is scheduled to officially offer the iPhone this year. But there was plenty more going on Tuesday, so let's take a quick spin through the day's events, shall we?
Remember that merger between Japan's SoftBank and third-place U.S. carrier Sprint? Looks like it's going to hit a speed bump or two along the way, now that the Federal government is taking a closer look at it.
After Federal regulators stomped out any hope of AT&T snapping up fourth-placed U.S. carrier T-Mobile, the scrappy magenta network has been making some bold moves in the hope of a comeback -- and those plans now include merging with MetroPCS.
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.
In case you didn’t know, the Children’s Book Fair is underway this week in Bologna, Italy, where iOS developer FrogDogMedia has announced it’s joining forces with Germany’s zuuka! GmbH to create “the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s entertainment.” Take that, Disney!
The American mobile telecommunications community was rocked this week by word that AT&T had entered into a definitive agreement to buy German-owned T-Mobile to the tune of $39 billion dollars. When word about the purchase came down this week, we had two questions: First, will Catherine Zeta Jones and Luke Wilson work together, or be forced to battle it out to see who gets to keep the B-list celebrity spokesperson gig after the merger goes through? Second, and more importantly, will T-mobile customers have a chance to get their hands on an iPhone?