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.
Although Apple only started offering officially unlocked iPhone 4 models in the United States earlier this month, that hasn’t stopped owners from using jailbreak methods to free their devices from AT&T’s clutches and into the waiting arms of T-Mobile, who now claims there are more than a million such users on their network.
As predicted, there was no new iPhone announced at WWDC this year, lending further credence to rumors that Apple plans to move introduction of the next model to September to coincide with iOS 5 -- a move that is likely to give Android competitors like HTC a chance to eclipse Cupertino’s lead in the U.S. smartphone market.
Most of us are familiar with the term 3G, which refers to the third generation of wireless technology standards used in the last three models of the iPhone (not to mention every other smartphone produced in recent years). But did you know that a lot of what carriers are currently touting as “4G” is actually just a souped-up version of 3G?
By this date on the calendar, we’d usually be within spitting distance of a new iPhone -- but that’s all changing this year, with rumblings that an iPhone 5 won’t appear until September. But that can’t stop us from collecting the best and brightest of the rumors we’ve heard so far and presenting them to our readers.
Never you mind the fact that the photo seen here features a white iPhone 4 -- the far more interesting aspect of this spy shot is that it’s an iPhone 4 running 3G on T-Mobile, which is currently not possible due to differences in the carrier’s radio bands.
While the word has been that AT&T has an uphill battle in front of them in their takeover of T-Mobile USA, AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson thinks otherwise. He feels that the deal "is very instrumental" in improving network service, and one that could improve capacity on AT&T's wireless network by almost 30 percent in a portion of the largest U.S. cities.
Okay, okay, have we all settled down from iPad 2 mania? Sure, it finally hit the UK this week and the Brits went gaga for it, but meanwhile other stuff's popping. Like what? you ask. I guess you came to the right place to find out all the stuff you missed. You know, just in case.
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This week we already start missing Bertrand Serlet, OS X gets an update and AT&T opens up its piggy bank to buy T-Mobile. Plus, Flo gets a foot taller.