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And So It Begins: AT&T Files Paperwork To Take Over T-Mobile Licenses And Spectrum.

  • April 21, 2011 3:30 pm

The highly publicized takeover of T-Mobile USA by AT&T has officially begun, as today, AT&T submitted the legal paperwork formally requesting ownership of any and all T-Mobile wireless spectrum and licenses. The $39 billion deal (that several government and regulatory agencies must still approve) will create a gigantic 100+ million strong wireless carrier in the US, easily dwarfing the second closest carrier, Verizon, and completely overshadowing Sprint, the soon to be nation’s 3rd largest carrier.

AT&T still maintains that in acquiring T-Mobile they will be able to better provide advanced technologies tomorrow and in the future while also giving customers more speed, coverage, and choices even outside of AT&T. (Pardon us if we seem naive, but we fail to see how going from 2 major GSM carriers to 1 “drives competition”. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.) Sprint on the other had has joined the ranks of countless rural carriers in the fight to break up the proposed merger, stating that more harm than good will come from the impending marriage.

3-6 months from the U.S. cellular landscape could look very different. Stay tuned…

Infograph: The Disbanding And Re-arming Of AT&T.

  • March 29, 2011 2:03 pm

AT&T has gone from giant to plethora of government created competition and back to giant in just two decades. We could post up all kinds of boring news articles, spreadsheets, and legal paperwork perfectly detailing the happenings, or, we could enlighten you all with a handy infograph showing not only AT&T’s last few decades, but the other major carriers’ as well. here’s to hoping someone intervenes to stop the travesty that is unfolding. Hop on past for the full-res image…

Sprint: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Is Bad, Bad News.

  • March 21, 2011 7:32 am

Still recovering from the bombshell news that dropped yesterday concerning AT&T purchasing T-Mobile USA? You’re not alone. Sprint is still pretty shocked themselves for reasons fairly similar to ours — they realize such a merger could destroy consumer choice and bring wireless innovation to a halt. Sprint has gone on the record saying that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger will “dramatically alter” the wireless landscape in the U.S. while also demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice and FCC thoroughly scour over every stone in the AT&T/T-Mobile merger deal. We’ve already stated that nothing good (for consumers) can come from this merger. Hopefully the powers that be can withstand the countless lobbying dollars being thrown at them and actually put the people first for a change.

HTC decides to walk away from hot mess that is Palm…

  • April 23, 2010 6:29 am

Rumors of an HTC buyout of Palm created a flurry of speculation earlier this week. I myself was even pretty intrigued and on board if HTC decided to take that path. Think of how awesome an HTC/webOS combo could have been — that magical hardware + software synergy.

Unfortunately, the powers that be decided that it just wasn’t in the companies’ best interests and as such, have walked away from the bargaining table. Palm’s loss. HTC? We’ll see.

Maemo + Moblin = MeeGo

  • February 15, 2010 6:59 am

Talk about a short lifespan — Nokia’s next gen mobile OS, Maemo, was effectively killed today at MWC with the announcement that the companies very own Maemo and Intel’s Moblin would be joining forces and emerge as a completely separate entity dubbed “Meego”. According to Nokia, Meego won’t just be for phones, but for pretty much “anything with a processor on board”. Hmm, the whole Android creep into every device just got a worthy competitor. Interesting

As we’ve all come to realize since the release of the iPhone and App Store, a mobile platform must have a good assortment of apps if it is to survive. For Meego, the Ovi Store will be the go-to standard for mobile apps and most everything else. The only oddity is that the developers actually building applications for Meego will use Intel’s App Center — why the split? Beats me. The fragmentation from the get-go however isn’t the wisest decision I’ve seen.

For those worried about Maemo compatibility: “the next release of Maemo will be 100% compatibile with MeeGo. So Maemo has become MeeGo but will still be separate, developers use Intel’s App Center and consumers download said apps with Nokia’s Ovi Store…Is anyone getting confused yet? I only ask because the name for the next version of Maemo is still undecided — “Maemo 6 or Meego something”?

Why branch Maemo off? Thoughts?


Question of the Day: Should Motorola and Sony Ericsson merge?

  • December 21, 2009 3:55 pm

Mergers are one of the capitalist societies greatest assets. Some companies just need help. ‘Nough said. Think of two tech companies that you feel would most benefit from a merger. Don’t think of you’re typical successful giant overtaking a small startup. Instead, focus on mergers that would equally benefit both companies. If you’re thinking like WSJ’s Sanford Bernstein, the two top candidates for a merger if there were to be one would be Motorola and Sony Ericsson.

Just think, both companies are pretty decent in their own respects but lack the overall push or pizazz to truly become market leaders. SE designs some truly striking hardware. Software on the other hand isn’t their strong suite. Motorola similarly designs some rather notable hardware — though there’s is more rugged and utilitarian in approach — but is in stark contrast to SE’s more stylish and eye catching appeal. Still, the two could benefit one another.

Just because it makes sense for Moto and SE to merge doesn’t mean it would be easy. Moto is based in Chicago, SE is lightly peppered around Europe in a couple locations. The two becoming one would ultimately lead to some CEO shake-ups and body shifting to say the least. Would it be worth it?

According to Bernstein, a merger between the two would simultaneously boost market share and decrease operating costs to the tune of 10% (decrease in operating costs). Even with Moto’s recent success with the Droid, if past experiences are anything to go by, a 10% boost in market share in the current mobile playing field is nothing to shake a stick at.

So what do you say? Would a Sony Ericsson/Motorola merger be worth everyone’s while or is it an idea destined to doom from the start?

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Verizon completes Alltel acquisition.

  • January 11, 2009 11:29 am


Verizon has finally completed their merger with Alltel making them the largest (by subscriber base) carrier in the U.S. with 83.7 million customers.  The total dent in Verizon’s wallet comes in the form of $5.9 billion for Alltel’s equity, and $22 billion net of cash.  Over the next couple of months as the networks are integrated, Verizon is telling Alltel customers that nothing needs to be done on their end.  Alltel’s GSM will continue being served, and Alltel customers can call Verizon customers without it being deducted from their plan minutes.  


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