AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile for $39 Billion

It was just announced that AT&T, in a race to acquire spectrum and compete more with Verizon, has just announced that it plans to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The new deal lets AT&T pay $25 billion in cash and the rest in stock, and Deutsche Telekom will gain an 8 percent stake in AT&T while having a seat on the company’s board. We’re just getting details of this proposed merger now, but we’ll bring you more as we get it.

[via TechCrunch and the New York Times]

T-Mobile UK getting Motorola Atrix in June

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Add T-Mobile UK to the list of carriers getting the Motorola Atrix this June, after a recent update to T-Mobile’s “coming soon” page. Up until that update, Orange UK was the only carrier of the Atrix in the UK, but since T-Mobile and Orange combined to form ‘Everything Everywhere’, customers on either network are free to roam on the other.

Things are getting better for UK mobile customers!

[via t-mobile uk]

Sprint’s CTIA Announcement: HTC EVO 3D, EVO View 4G and Morotola Xoom on Tap

BGR is reporting that Sprint has announced some fun stuff out of CTIA, including the specs for the HTC EVO 3D smartphone, the EVO View 4G tablet, and the fact that they’ll be getting the Motorola Xoom tablet on their network. These specs come from pretty reliable sources, but BGR reminds us that they could be revised. That being said, let’s dive in, shall we?

T-Mobile Sidekick is coming back – video preview

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We got word a few days back this week that T-Mobile was bringing back the Sidekick which is being manufactured by Samsung, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. Here we have a feature video demoing the new Sidekick 4G from the T-Mobile Blog, and the message here is that T-Mobile has done some research from Sidekick users, giving this new Sidekick 4G the features it needs to be a successful device again. The other message here is the strong focus on messaging as opposed to calling or gaming. This is a QWERTY slider, pre-loaded with what T-Mobile identifies as apps that will help you do what you need to do, which they clearly identify as messaging and social networking.

[via t-mobile blog]

Sprint-branded Motorola XOOM image leaked

We have been hearing rumors that the Motorola XOOM would be coming to Sprint. It looks like Sprint Users forum member rofl has posted an image. Currently the only cellular version of the XOOM is available on Verizon. We expect that the Sprint version will have the same specs as the current model. The only item that is not clear is if the Sprint version will be WiMAX-enabled or WiMAX upgradeable. The Verizon version is only available as 3G and will be upgraded to 4G at no cost.

Apparently Rofl is pretty reliable. Late last year he leaked images of the Sprint’s MiFi 4082 and HTC’s EVO Shift 4G.

[via bgr]


HTC Thunderbolt – Let the Rooting Begin!

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Yes you heard right. The HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon is in the hands of the public for less that 48 hours, and it’s already been rooted. See the quote below from The Root Thread over at XDA in the HTC thunderbolt > Thunderbolt Android Development section.

Chat at irc.andirc.net #thunderbolt

or use webchat

3/17/2011 11:35pm

We have perm root.

3/17/2011

We have write to /system on two production devices, from from the store. We do not have a working recovery yet, no release will be done until then.

3/16/2011

A kind soul with a release Thunderbolt dropped by AndIRC tonight. Jamezelle and I were able to confirm Temp Root still works. I will be posting directions for it (nothing special, likely many ways to be done) tomorrow.

We did not have a chance to finish perm root testing before he had to hit the sack (can’t blame him, its late). Hopefully we can get it tomorrow.

So i suggest subscribing to this thread so you can be updated as to the progress of the root of this brand new LTE device!

Enjoy!

Is Sprint Already Transitioning to LTE? Analysts Say Yes.

Analysts at Gerson Lehrman Group are telling an interesting story. They’re talking about Sprint, and they’re talking about LTE…in the same sentence. Sprint has professed all along that ClearWire is in every option for their future, but there has also been a lot of talk about them jumping on board the LTE train, and they’ve made no tries to hide that they’ve been considering the option. Well, according to GLG analysts, they have already started.

Amazons Wireless Site offers $179.99 HTC Thunderbolt

With a contract of course. But really, how is this not an awesome deal? If you go straight to VZW you’ll paying $250 w/contract. Who knows how long this deal will last. So if you’ve been on the fence about getting your drink on for St Pattys Day tonight, or getting the so fresh, so clean (Outkast reference, sorry) HTC Thunderbolt, tell me whats more important? Yea, it’s a toss up really, I know. I can guarantee you this though, if you don’t buy it, someone else will.

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[via intomobile]

HTC Shooter – In Line for Sprint, Evo 3D?

The HTC Shooter has been spotted performing over at GLBenchmarks. Even though this info doesn’t reveal a whole lot, you can see in the image, it show us that it an Android 2.3.2 device and model number PG86100, a 960×540 qHD display, and to be branded by Sprint.

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There is speculation that inside this device, will be a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. And as always we love to try and guess, what the future name of this device will be. Evo 3D?  Just maybe. Head on over to the source for more on this story….

[via engadget]

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt getting unlimited LTE data plans

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If you’re going to be grabbing an HTC Thunderbolt tomorrow at Verizon, you’ll want to check out the unlimited data plan for a smooth $30 as well. This may only be here for a short time, because we know how most carriers, including Verizon really, feel about it (they want unlimited to die). So when you grab a Thunderbolt, grab the unlimited data plan, because it’ll turn your new device into the most powerful MiFi device you can get at a fraction of the tethering costs when compared to the data plans for the actual MiFi hotspot devices.

Just in case you start tethering 8 devices to it though, you may want to keep a few charging cables handy where ever you stop.

Sprint Looks to Bolster Subscribers with $125 Port-in Credit

If you’ve been eying some of the phones Sprint has on offer, but have been on the fence for one reason or other, it may be time to consider a switch, particularly if you’re in the smart phone crowd. Until April 16th, any customer that ports their number from a different carrier to a Sprint smart phone (including any Android device) will be eligible for a $125 credit to their bill, which will be applied to their bill after 60 days. Those looking for a less complicated feature phone won’t be left in the lurch either, as they’ll be looking at $50. At the very least, the money could be useful if you’re looking at a termination fee at your current carrier. Is this a compelling offer for any of you non-Sprint Android users? Let us know in the comments!

[via sprint]

Verizon Wireless waives $35 activation fees on Motorola XOOM and Galaxy Tab for month to month contracts

For those looking to purchase the 3G Motorola Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Verizon Wireless will no longer be charging the $35 activation fee. This is effective as of March 1st and will be for month to month contracts. Upon purchase of your new tablet you will see the standard activation charge of $35 followed by a credit for the same amount on your Verizon Wireless bill.

As you can see in the image above this is supposed to be for a limited time. Lets hope it lasts a little longer then that.

[via engadget]