Yesterday AT&T asked the federal court to dismiss the Cellular South (now C Spire) complaint aimed to block the proposed merger with T-Mobile. AT&T claims the competitive concerns raised by Cellular South weren’t legitimate, and submitted an email as evidence. AT&T has evidence of a March 21st email from Cellular south’s president, Hu Meena, proposing a spectrum and roaming access agreement between the two companies.
“Cellular South suggested that it would not oppose the merger if AT&T would agree not to engage in facilities-based competition in Mississippi,” AT&T said in its filing. “This inappropriate proposal confirms that what Cellular South fears is competition, not lack of competition.” Cellular South is currently putting together a statement about the accusations and will release it later.
In the Sept. 19th lawsuit to block the acquisition, Cellular South said the merger “threatens to substantially lessen competition” and will cause them significant losses and damages.
How do you guys feel about the proposed merger and what it would do to smaller companies? I personally like having the option to chose between 4 major carriers here in the U.S..
After reporting just yesterday that the Droid HD appeared in Verizon’s Cellebrite system, today another shot shows the device is now in their Device Manager as well. It’s not a big shocker, but the DM shot confirms the device will be 4G and that it may not be a global device. You may be able to forgive global capabilities missing since it’s rumored that the HD might be ditching the PenTile screen and rock a 720p super AMOLED screen. Anyone else pumped to get more info on this baby? Hit up the break to catch the screen capture.
Thanks to Tmonews it looks like T-Mobile will be launching six new devices on November 2nd. The only problem is we have no idea what these devices are. The Huawei Tablet and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus are up for consideration on this list for Android devices, but as far as the rest of the list we just don’t know. Have any ideas what devices might make this November 2nd date? Let us know right down there in the comments. Hit up the break for one more screen capture.
It is time for another TalkAndroid giveaway. This is one is from Lookout Mobile Security as they promote awareness during National Cyber Security Awareness month.
We are giving away five Lookout premium accounts valued at $29.99.
Full list of rules:
- Leave a post in this forum thread. It can be a simple hello or maybe your own tips or experiences with mobile security.
- Additional posts from the same user will be ignored.
- The contest ends 11:59pm eastern on October 8, 2011.
- Winners will be picked at random and contacted via email.
- Comments made to this post will not be counted, you must go to the forum link in rule #1.
Today is the first day of October, which means it’s the beginning of the baseball postseason, but it’s also the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As our smartphones become more important in our daily lives, Lookout Mobile Security is reminding us that our smartphones are computers too. We aren’t using our phones for just calls or snapping a few pictures, we are also using them to bank, shop, and send valuable information. Unfortunately, that means our phones become a target for hackers. In fact, up to one million mobile phone users will be affected by mobile security threats in 2011.
It’s not all doom and gloom because Lookout Mobile Security is here to help and protect us. During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Lookout will be running an educational series on its blog to help us understand how to protect our phones and personal information.
“We’ve already seen how PC users became a target for attacks, and we don’t want this to be the fate of mobile users. People can absolutely take steps to keep themselves safe on their mobile device,” said Kevin Mahaffey, co-Founder and CTO of Lookout. “With the proper knowledge people can protect their most personal device before mobile security threats become a larger issue.”
In addition Lookout is going to give Lookout Premium accounts to 5 lucky TalkAndroid readers, so look for our contest posting shortly.
Full Press release after the break:
If you’re thinking about buying a Droid Bionic, or already have one, you may want to pay close attention. Thanks to a reader over at DroidLife, an official bug list was received from Verizon and compiled into a nice list that I think will shock you. Note also that this is not the full list, but rather some important highlights. As you read through this list I want you to really ask yourself, how is it possible this device was really put through extensive testing for the length of time we waited for it? In this list you’ll see everything from 3G/4G connectivity problems, high pitch noises coming from the headset, MMS bugs, and the admitting of non-Verizon/Motorola USB cables not working. Another thing to point out is the Bionic is not able to support 8 devices in hotspot which was a touted selling factor of the device. Thanks DroidLife for putting this together, but all I can do is hang my head and ask how this is even possible for such a highly anticipated device. Put these phones out in the real world before releasing will you because this stuff gives Android a bad name. Hit the break for the full list broken down with a top 10 and be sure to share your comments with us. Fixes are supposed to be coming in November.
A pretty major security flaw was discovered in AT&T’s Galaxy S II that makes the security screen pretty much useless. What normally keeps unauthorized users out of your phone with a pattern lock or a PIN number is easily bypassed. All the intruder has to do is press the lock button to wake the screen, let the screen timeout and shut off, and wake the screen once more to find the security lock is now bypassed. The one catch to this is the device must have been unlocked once already, meaning unless it was just powered on and not unlocked yet your phone will be at risk. A Samsung spokesperson responded to an inquiry from BGR saying they are investigating the security threat while AT&T declined to comment at this time. Hit the break to see the security flaw in action and Samsung’s statement to BGR. Samsung noted there is a quick fix by setting the screen timeout to “immediately”, but who wants their screen timing out right away?
Vodafone UK is offering up the Xperia Arc S at the awesome price of free on a 2-year contract. You’ll need to be on a plan costing £31 ($48) or more and Vodafone currently has the midnight black version up for grabs. This 4.2-inch BRAVIA screen beauty is packing a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, Android 2.3.4, a high performance 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R and adds 3D sweep panorama technology. Anyone else looking to get their hands on this sexy little device? Let us know right down there in the comments. The source link will take you right over to Vodafone to check out this killer deal as well.
OnTheFly, from ITA Software by Google, offers an easy way to shop for airfare on your Android device. While the app doesn’t allow booking, its ultra fast interface lets you quickly get a list of airline comparison prices for your future trip. One of the new features included is a flexible date search that lets you browse up to 35 days of potential departure dates combined with a price graph. You’ll also have access to a search history and the application will find local airports in your area to search from. I did notice Southwest seems to be missing from the list, so that may be a bit of a minus for some, but the app is free to see if it works for your needs. Hit up the break for a QR code and a link to the market to check it out for yourself.