AT&T approaches rivals for help to seal merger deal

AT&T is scrambling to pick up the pieces after the news of 7 states joining the Department of Justice in pursuit to stop the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. A few days ago we told you about AT&T trying to salvage the deal by searching for more who would be willing to support the acquisition.

It has been reported that AT&T has approached several companies, including smaller rivals, with hopes of saving the $39 billion dollar takeover. The telecommunications giant has offered to sell spectrum and subscribers to smaller rivals such as Metro PCS Communications, and Leap Wireless. They have also looked into selling assets to Century Link, Dish Network and Sprint Nextel.

Although the Justice department sued on Aug. 31 to stop the deal, AT&T continues to try and salvage the agreement with T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom. If in fact the merger does fail, AT&T agrees to pay Deutsch Telekom $3 billion along with wireless spectrum and roaming agreements.

AT&T would become the largest U.S. carrier (currently in second) if a purchase is made and will fight the the justice department in court on Sept. 21 with hopes to come to an agreed settlement. Not only will they need to win in court, they will also need to have the FCC’s blessing.

It would appear that AT&T has a long and arduous road ahead of them and it doesn’t help that customers from both carriers would be enraged if they succeed.

How would you feel if the two cellular giants merged? Leave us your comments below.

[via bloomberg]

HTC Rhyme officially announced for Verizon followed by Asia and Europe [Video]

HTC has officially announced the Rhyme. It features a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, 1GHz single-core processor, 768MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Android 2.3, and Sense 3.5.

The Rhyme is all about the accessories. They will offer the charm indicator which will light up purple so you never miss a call. You will also find a sports arm band, Bluetooth headset, and the plugless charging dock.

It was originally called the Bliss and is aimed at females, but I am not sure how “Rhyme” is better suited. It will be available on Verizon Wireless on September 29th for $199, with pre-orders beginning September 22nd, followed by Asia and Europe next month.

Update: O2 just announced they will be the only UK network to carry it starting October 17th. A bunch of videos after the break.

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LG Optimus Black in white will be available on Telus starting today

You know white phones are getting popular when a phone’s title is “black,” but it is offered in white. The Optimus Black, which released on Telus back in July as the “Skype Edition,” will now have a white sibling. Other than the color, it is the exact same device, and no they will not call it the Optimus White. Speaking of that, maybe some day they will come out with an Optimus White and later release a black version.

Pricing will be the same; free for a 3-year contract or $399.99 off contract.

[via mobilesyrup]

Acer Liquid Express will land on Orange soon

The Acer Liquid Express surfaced about a month ago, and Orange has confirmed they will carry it. It is also known as the E230, and the specs indicate a mid-range phone. It will have Android 2.3, an 800MHz single-core processor, and a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) screen.

You will also find Acer’s custom UI complete with the Social Jogger app, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, FM Radio, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

We don’t have a release date or pricing, but expect it to be free on Orange pay monthly plans.

[via somobile]

Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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[Rumor] Verizon Nexus/DROID/Samsung Prime to release November 3rd and AT&T Nexus Prime to drop November 24?

We know the Nexus Prime is going to be the best phone available this year.  We recently reported a slew of rumors about the device, but at this point, all I really want to know is when it will be available. Our favorite Panda (@black_man_x), who has a history of giving us information through riddle-like poems, has given his latest poem to Tom Fleming (@tfleming123), and he is releasing it bit by bit. So far he has released the following:

While things that go bump in the night, surely give you a fright, It’s all in good fun as I share treats and panda fun. So Instead of filling your belly with candies, jellies and other hollows eve fare, perhaps your palate will cast a ballot, for an ice cream sandwich instead. With an internal date now set and LTE a sure bet Those that get Tim Cook’s new pet will be filled with green eyed regret. But wait you cry for what date can you buy? This the panda did shall share…Fore on the date Bruce Wayne’s true father did die; you shall in fact be able to buy in stores of red and black.

This is only part of the poem, and more will be released shortly since he just hit 1,000 followers. We are not sure what will be revealed with the remaining part, but the release date has already been revealed as it states that the date will be when Bruce Wayne’s true father died. Right now the theory is that it’s November 3rd because that is the date that Bob Kane died. Who is Bob Kane? He is credited as the creator of Batman. Interesting enough, he wasn’t necessarily the official creator, but the dates for the other possibilities don’t line up with the October/November timeframe. It so happens that November 3rd is a Thursday. Verizon usually releases phones on Thursdays, and he clearly states that it will be in stores of red and black.

He also mentions that we should expect LTE and Ice Cream Sandwich, which is not a surprise, and if you buy the iPhone 5 you will be regret it, also not surprising. I have no doubt that the Panda has the right information as he always has. The real question is if the riddle/poem has truly been solved. If you can think of any other answers please let us know.

The rumors have been all along that the Prime will be released on Verizon first with other carriers to follow. IBT is reporting that they expect it to release on AT&T this November 24th, which happens to be Thanksgiving. They refer to the device as the Google Nexus 4G, which doesn’t make any sense, but their rumored specs seems to be in line.

[via twitter and ibt]

Samsung Illusion shows up on Flickr

We have heard about the Samsung Illusion, but there hasn’t been a lot of info. Samsung just posted another picture of it on Flickr with a tiny bit (I mean really tiny) of details:

Samsung mobile phones have been awarded a “green” certificate by one of the most reliable establishment in the US. Samsung announced on September 15 that its two mobile phone models including Ever Green phone (SGH-A667) and Illusion phone (SCH-I110) won a certificate of SPC (Sustainable Product Certification) by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, an independent product safety certification organization, expanding its “green” phone line-up into three which also include Replenish (SPH-M580).

Nothing is official, but we are still expecting an 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a 480 x 320 screen, and a 3 to 5MP camera. The rumor is it will be available September 29th for $100 or less. The screen in the picture above shows a date of 10/06, so that could wind up being the release. Either way, both rumored dates are on a Thursday, which is the normal release day for Verizon Wireless. I seriously doubt you will have to stand in line for this one.

[via flickr]

Amazon is offering $50 gift cards with the purchase of any Verizon Wireless phone, Including the DROID Bionic

If you are thinking of opening a new line with Verizon Wireless, you might want to take a look at Amazon. Starting today they are offering a $50 Amazon.com gift with the purchase of any Verizon phone or mobile broadband device.

The deal includes the very hot DROID Bionic, and right now they are offering it for $179.99 for new lines. That means you are essentially getting it for $129.99. If you plan on getting accessories, it works out, because you can use your gift card towards them.

The deal ends on September 26th.

[via verizon]

Samsung Epic Touch 4G finally available online at Sprint

It has been a very long wait, but it’s finally over. The Samsung Galaxy S II is now available in the United States at Sprint online and at stores. We already know the new, and not necessarily improved name, is the Sprint Epic 4G Touch. It’s priced at $199.99 on a 2-year contract or $499.99 off contract. Check out our hands-on at the Samsung event.

There’s also been reports of some stores selling them yesterday. Anyone grab one yet?

[via sprint]

Boost Mobile announces Samsung Transform Ultra along with a $5.00 price hike.

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail has become the best-selling no contract smartphone in Samsung’s history. It makes perfect sense to launch another phone that compliments it. For consumers who want a QWERTY keypad, the Samsung Transform Ultra is your phone. You can grab it starting October 7 for $229.99 at Boost Mobile.

Specs include:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • Touchscreen (nobody’s saying how big)
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

In other news, Boost is increasing their unlimited data and messaging plan by $5 monthly, but current Monthly Unlimited customers can keep their plans until they upgrade their phone.

Full press release after the break:

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