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    by Published on 04-29-2013 09:31 AM
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    Man, Sprint can't get a break!

    HTC’s conscious decision to focus on premium design for its HTC One flagship may come with an unintended consequenc: reception problem if the phone is held a certain way. Though we haven’t been able to confirm if the problem affects all global and U.S. releases of the HTC One, we have found–and are able to repeat–the problem on at least two Sprint Nextel HTC One units, one in theSan Francisco Bay Area and another in the New York Metropolitan Area.
    by Published on 11-30-2011 10:59 PM
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    AT&T is reportedly considering a joint venture with T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom instead of buying T-Mobile USA outright. Sources speaking to wsj said the plans are far from final, but such a deal could be looked at more closely now that AT&T is facing a number of roadblocks with its planned merger.
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    by Published on 11-24-2011 03:48 PM
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    [h=AT&T and Deutsche Telekom Continue to Pursue Sale of DT's U.S. Wireless Assets]1[/h][h=Companies Withdraw FCC Applications; AT&T Expects to Recognize $4 Billion Charge; Companies Focus on Gaining DOJ Approval]2[/h]Dallas, Texas, November 24, 2011ShareThisOn 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 10-14-2011 09:50 AM
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    They ain't goin' for it!

    Rick Kaplan, chief of the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, sent a letter to AT&T on Thursday asking the carrier to clarify just how the proposed merger with T-Mobile USA will add jobs in the United States. “Our review of the information currently in our record suggests that AT&T’s responses on this issue remain incomplete,” Kaplan said. The FCC is giving AT&T until October 31st to address fully “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the creation or loss of jobs” if the merger is approved. AT&T must also disclose how many T-Mobile USA jobs will be eliminated and show how the merger will affect employment inside and outside of the United States during the next five years. AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson argued earlier this year that the proposed merger would be a “net job grower” in the United States. On August 31st, AT&T promised to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States if the merger is approved, which was the same day the U.S. government filed a lawsuit in opposition of the deal. Read [PDF]
    BGR. Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 09-23-2011 02:27 PM
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    Google has announced that it is in operation in Spain as a MVNO or mobile virtual network operator. Google bought up a bunch of bulk network capacity from existing carriers and then handed the SIMs out to employees for testing. That testing was down with the Nexus S handset and apparently each of the cards accesses one of three various carriers including Orange, Movistar, and Vodafone.

    UPDATE: http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/23/google...ttle-carriers/ "Turns out this was a hoax pulled off by a site described by Engadget Spanish as a “Spaniard 4chan.” Thanks danny.boi.
    by Published on 05-11-2011 04:24 PM
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    Microsoft may have just alienated their carrier partners, AT&T and Verizon, by buying Skype. Analyst Craig Moffett told BusinessWeek that the Skype acquisition was a “head scratcher” because of how it will complicate Microsoft’s relationship with AT&T and Verizon regarding WP7. Today, Microsoft announced that Skype technology would be brought to the Xbox 360 and yes, Windows Phone 7. Obviously, AT&T and Verizon (and other carriers) may wonder why they’re going to support an operating system that has a built-in way to cut into their voice traffic revenue.

    Read: Microsoft Buys Skype: Does This Mean Carriers Will Shun Windows Phone 7? [Microsoft Promises That Skype Technology Will Make It Into WP7, But Will AT&T & Verizon Refuse To Carry Any New Windows Phones?] | TFTS

    I think it would be easier for both carriers to let WP7 die on the vine if they thought Skype Mobile threatened their voice business.
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