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    by Published on 11-24-2011 03:48 PM
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    [top]AT&T and Deutsche Telekom Continue to Pursue Sale of DT's U.S. Wireless Assets

    [top]Companies Withdraw FCC Applications; AT&T Expects to Recognize $4 Billion Charge; Companies Focus on Gaining DOJ Approval

    Dallas, Texas, November 24, 2011
    ShareThisOn Nov. 22, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission indicated a proposed order was circulating that would designate for hearing the applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG For Consent To Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations, WT Docket No. 11-65. On November 23, 2011, AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG electronically withdrew without prejudice, as of that date, the pending applications listed in the Public Notice released by the Federal Communications Commission on April 28, 2011 in that proceeding. Associated manual notification of withdrawal filings also are being madAT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG are continuing to pursue the sale of Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. wireless assets to AT&T and are taking this step to facilitate the consideration of all options at the FCC and to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice either through the litigation pending before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 1:11-cv-01560 (ESH) or alternate means. As soon as practical, AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG intend to seek the necessary FCC approval.As a result of the FCC’s action, AT&T expects to recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion ($3 billion cash and $1 billion book value of spectrum) in the 4th quarter of 2011 to reflect the potential break up fees due Deutsche Telekom in the event the transaction does not receive regulatory approval.
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    by Published on 11-22-2011 10:31 AM
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    Financial analysts are becoming pessimistic that AT&T (NYSE:T) will win approval for its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The analysts argue that to improve the deal's prospects, AT&T will have to make significant concessions ahead of a February trial with the Department of Justice, which is suing to block the deal on antirust grounds.

    According to the Financial Times, most analysts now rate the deal's chances as less than 50/50, with some even giving it only a 20 percent chance of approval. Bankers note that for the deal win approval, AT&T might have to sell significant spectrum--likely AWS airwaves--to a smaller player like MetroPCS (NASDAQ:PCS).

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    by Published on 11-22-2011 10:23 AM
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    According to my source, it's a bundle with a very large wireless carrier.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2396701,00.asp

    Spotify Unveiling 'New Direction' on Nov. 30

    Spotify on Monday sent out invites for a Nov. 30 press event that the company said will include details on a "new direction" for the music service.

    The invite is sparse on details. "What's Next for Spotify?" it teases.

    "At Spotify, we continually strive to innovate and deliver exciting new experiences for our users," a spokeswoman said in a statement when asked for more information. "In New York on November 30th, we are holding our first press conference to unveil the latest major development from Spotify—and a new direction for the company."
    Spotify said CEO and founder Daniel Ek will be in attendance, as will "special guests."
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 07:07 PM
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    Looks like they are doubling the data across the board.

    $30 used to get 2GB, now it gets you 4GB.

    $50 used to get you 5GB, now it gets you 10GB

    $80 used to get you 10GB, now it gets you 20GB.

    4G data plans only.

    More here. Talk about it here.
    by Published on 11-05-2011 07:50 PM
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    Mobile WiMAX carrier Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) announced a five-year wholesale deal with United Online, the company behind the NetZero Internet service brand, extending its wholesale umbrella at a time when it is shuttering its own branded postpaid service.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed. NetZero customers will be able to access Clearwire's network in early 2012, though the companies did not say exactly when the service will become available.

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    by Published on 11-03-2011 06:59 PM
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    Here's the press release. LTE, dual core 1.5Ghz processor, 4.3" 720p display, 8MP camera, beats audio, 16GB storage, 1620mAh battery, 13.65mm thick. Ships with Gingerbread (2.3.5), ICS upgrade in Q1 2012. ...
    by Published on 11-03-2011 09:46 AM
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    A federal judge ruled Wednesday evening that Sprint Nextel Corp. and a regional cellphone company can sue AT&T Inc. over its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA.

    AT&T had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to dismiss the case because Sprint and Ridgeland, Miss.-based C Spire Wireless did not have the right to sue over the deal that would create the nation's largest wireless phone carrier.

    Dallas-based AT&T already is fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Obama administration that claims the AT&T-T-Mobile merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices for consumers. AT&T says the deal will allow it to better serve customers and expand its wireless network.

    More: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/wa...e_can_sue_att/ | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-31-2011 10:22 AM
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    LTE Data Plans

    Customers can choose from tiered data plans starting as low as $15 per month. Existing smartphone customers do not have to make changes to their data plan. All plans include access to AT&T's national Wi-Fi network of more than 29,000 hotspots.

    - DataPlus provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for just $15 per month. An additional 200 MB of data usage is $15.
    - DataPro provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for $25 per month. An additional 1 GB of data is $10. Customers who want to use their device as a mobile hotspot can sign up for DataPro 4GB for $45 a month, which lets you tether or share your data connection across multiple devices.
    Yahoo! Finance | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-31-2011 09:40 AM
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    The HTC Vivid is a new Android LTE powered phone. It has a dual core 1.2Ghz processor, 4.5" qHD display and a 8 MP camera. It will be available November 6th for $199.99.

    Today HTC announced the HTC Vivid, one of the first Android smartphones available on AT&T’s LTE network, just in time for the holidays. Thanks to the dual core 1.2 GHz processor, browsing the web, listening to music, and downloading apps is a snap on the brilliant 4.5 inch qHD display, allowing you to do more - faster.

    Multitask efficiently---browse the web while streaming video to your TV wirelessly, with zero wait time and no buffering. The AT&T 4G LTE service will launch Nov. 6 in Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Indianapolis and Athens, Georgia. AT&T offers the only smartphones that are able to utilize both the LTE and HSPA+ 4G speeds, for a consistently fast connection in and out of LTE areas.

    “We are thrilled to continue growing our relationship with AT&T and excited for the HTC Vivid to be one of the first LTE devices on AT&T for the holiday season,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC. “The HTC Vivid combines an exceptional display in a premium device that delivers a powerful smartphone to our customers through AT&T’s fast LTE and HSPA+ 4G network.”

    HTC Vivid is equipped with the acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, which includes a customizable active lockscreen that puts the most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates, at the forefront. Complete with an 8MP camera and dual microphones, you can record video in 1080p HD quality with surround sound and upload to YouTube to share with those closest to you. The camera records in high speed with 60 fps, and you can use the HTC movie Editor to clip and manage your video – all on your phone.

    The HTC Vivid will arrive in AT&T company owned retail stores and online Nov. 6 for $199.99 with a two-year commitment.
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