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October 4, 2012
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  • DT will buy MetroPCS in stock-and-cash deal
    T-Mobile USA will merge with prepaid wireless carrier MetroPCS under a complex cash-and-stock deal the companies approved Wednesday, in which T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom will retain a 74% stake in the new entity. In a statement, Deutsche Telekom chief executive Rene Obermann termed the combination "a great strategic fit." T-Mobile will remain the nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier, with 42.5 million customers, but will have greater resources to complete its upgrade to 4G technology. The carriers' spectrum holdings are complementary, and MetroPCS has completed much of its build-out to Long-Term Evolution technology. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (10/3), Bloomberg (10/3), Network World/Computerworld (10/3), The Wall Street Journal (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger: The fallout: T-Mobile USA's pending merger with MetroPCS raised a number of issues among wireless analysts Wednesday. They wondered how the carriers would combine their networks. They also noted a regulatory conundrum: While the deal would strengthen competition against industry leaders AT&T and Verizon Wireless, it would also remove a low-priced entity. Some industry observers also wondered what would become of MetroPCS rival Leap Wireless, which has no apparent partners in sight. Reuters (10/3), Bloomberg Businessweek (10/3), The Wall Street Journal (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Ergen: FCC delays are hurting search for partners
    DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen vowed Wednesday to pursue partners in his quest to operate a national wireless network with the satellite-based spectrum he has acquired. He did warn that regulatory delays in obtaining permission to operate its network on those frequencies could jeopardize DISH's ability to pursue its plans. He also vowed not to bankrupt the company in pursuing the business. "We may end up selling the spectrum. I am not saying that is an impossibility. We are not suicidal," Ergen said at an industry event. ITWorld.com/IDG News Service (10/3), Bloomberg Businessweek (10/3), Multichannel News (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T said ready to sell Lumia 920, first Window 8 phone
    AT&T is expected to announce today its plans to sell Nokia's Lumia 920 smartphone, making the carrier the first in the U.S. to get behind a Windows Phone 8 handset, according to a published report. Separately, AT&T, which is readying an aggressive slate of Android phones this fall, said that it would release the LG Optimus G, the first device to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor. Sprint Nextel also said that it will also carry the handset. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/4), CNET (10/3), MobileBurn (10/3), PC Magazine (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Marketing 
  • Twitter touts mobile majority in plea for real-time ads
    Twitter executives made a pitch Wednesday for mobile advertising, telling a Madison Avenue crowd that with 60% of its users accessing the service on wireless devices the social network was a perfect place for their real-time ads. "We know there's [been] incredible engagement. There's not only incredible engagement, but it leads to even better outcomes," revenue chief Adam Bain said of Twitter's mobile marketing tools. CNET/Internet & Media blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • Scientists mimic 300,000 Android-phone network
    Researchers have stacked 500 PCs five levels high in a California laboratory to imitate the behavior of a cell network that contains 300,000 Android phones. Scientists pointed to a number of potential applications that will emanate from the open-source software emerging from the project. "We wanted to create something that would approximate the many, many phones in a real network," said John Floren, who helped build the project at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • FCC doles out $300 million to small carriers for 3G, 4G builds
    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday allotted around $300 million to T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and more than 20 smaller carriers to help them cover costs for providing 3G and 4G service in areas that lack 3G networks. Regulators doled out the funds through a reverse auction process. Telecompetitor.com (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CTIA News 
  • How the wireless industry protects consumer privacy
    In today's wireless industry, consumers have a variety of choices from a number of companies, whether it's content developers, application creators, device manufacturers or the carriers. The assortment of options is why the U.S. wireless industry is robustly competitive and innovative. At the same time, consumers must take the time to review each app, service and product they use on their mobile devices to know how their personal information, including location, may be used. CTIA explains some of the offerings the wireless industry provides to help consumers protect their privacy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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