[Breaking] U.S. files Antitrust Complaint to block AT&T and T-Mobile merger

Apparently the U.S. government is not in agreement with the AT&T purchase of T-Mobile as it has filed court papers in Washington to block the $39 billion merger. According to the U.S. government is would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.

The U.S. is seeking a declaration that AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile would violate U.S antitrust law which would result in a court order blocking the deal.

“AT&T’s elimination of T-Mobile as an independent, low- priced rival would remove a significant competitive force from the market,” the U.S. said in its filing.


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Look But No Touch On T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II (Hercules)

As we’ve been touting all day, Samsung finally revealed their US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II and Talk Android was there to cover it like a warm blanket on cold winter night. Devices were released on three of the four major carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T & Sprint).  However, T-Mobile was the only carrier to slap any hand that came near the device’s plastic casing.  As per their sales team, T-Mobile will most likely be holding their own launch event “some time in the fall” where they’ll unveil official specs, a release date and the official name of the device.  It’s speculated that the device’s software  wasn’t ready yet, but we’ll give T-Mo the benefit of the doubt here.

However, based just on appearances, and what we pretty much already know, the device seems to be on par with the AT&T and Sprint version.  Expect the massive 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Samsung’s Exynos  1.2 dual-core CPU (C210).  In addition, and there’s no fighting it, expect TouchWiz to run over Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  It’s too bad we couldn’t get our paws on this one, as Im kind of favoring its rounded edges which gives the device an overall big Nexus S feel, only abnormally thinner.  Hit the break to check out a few shots of the impressive handset and to check out the behind the scenes glass look.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Samsung Galaxy S II Launch Event In New York Slide Shows

Today Samsung unveiled their highly popular Galaxy S II device for three of the four major carriers.  Their event in New York kicked off with a bang as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint opened the curtain on what appears to be the biggest smartphone of the year thus far.  And when we say big, we mean big.  Aside from the AT&T version, which sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, all other devices are sporting a whopping 4.5-inch display.  Check out the slides of the main points in the presentation for the US version of the Galaxy S II and note the new features added which the original Galaxy S II device doesn’t have.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Stay tuned for quick looks and hands on coming shortly.  
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T-Mobile announces the Samsung Galaxy S II with minimal details

Tonight in New York City, Samsung officially announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Sprint and AT&T gave us full press releases with a lot of details, but T-Mobile has decided to go short and sweet. About the only thing they shared is that it will have a  4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. There wasn’t even a  mention of the “Hercules” name or any other name. They do look forward to sharing more information in the coming weeks, and so do we.

The latest word on the T-Mobile release is October 26th.

T-Mobile USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S™ II at T-Mobile this fall. Featuring a brilliant 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen – one of the largest screens available on a Galaxy S II device – T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II promises to keep customers entertained and connected while on the go. We look forward to sharing more information in the coming weeks.

AT&T-Verizon-T Mobile will invest $100 Million to compete with Google Wallet

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile USA will invest more than $100 million in Isis, a mobile payment system, which will pit them in a head to head battle with Google Wallet.

$100 million may only be the tip of the iceberg because they could invest a lot more if they are successful in attracting banks and merchants. The mobile payment market is expected to reach $670 billion by 2015 according to Juniper Research, and is expected to hit $240 billion this year.

Isis expects to launch in key markets by early to mid 2012. They currently have partnerships with Visa, MasterCard, Discover Financial Services, and American Express.

Not only will consumers be able to make mobile payments, but they will be able redeem coupons via their mobile devices.


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Samsung Hercules (T989) and AT&T Variant (I927) Clear The FCC

One of my personal upcoming favorites this year coming to T-Mobile, the Samsung Hercules, has cleared the FCC today. It also appears the Hercules will be rocking Near Field Communications according to the filing (hello Google Wallet). Also clearing the FCC is the I927, AT&T’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

We’ve heard the Hercules will be launching on Oct. 26th and the AT&T variant should be launching soon as well. I fear the US variants of the Galaxy S IIs might be a little late in the game to compete, especially with the Nexus Prime possibly right around the corner for Verizon (OK, I’ll even throw the iPhone 5 in here for competition). Even with the new Nexus coming, the Hercules may be enough for me to drop my Verizon line, which my day job is paying for, and grab a T-Mobile contract just to check it out. More is sure to come about both of these devices on Tuesday at the SGSII reveal in NYC (moved from Monday due to Hurricane Irene). The FCC filings brings us one step closer to the SGSII dominating the US. Who’s grabbing one? Hit the break for full size images of the FCC filings.


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FCC Wants More Info From AT&T On T-Mobile Acquisition

Remember the big document “woops” by AT&T last week saying they could expand their network for about a tenth of what it would cost to acquire T-Mobile? Well, coincidence or not, the Federal Communications Commission has requested more information from AT&T concerning their acquisition of T-Mobile. To be more specific, the FCC wants more information about AT&T’s promise to bring 4G LTE to 97% of Americans. Here’s the statement:

“Requests from the FCC staff for additional information are to be expected given the detailed review they are undertaking,” AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris said.

“In this case, the FCC is seeking supplemental information on our commitment, following merger approval, to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to 97 percent of all Americans,” Balmoris said.

It’s worth noting that a source reported the cost of $3.8 billion to expand AT&T’s network on their own was only theoretical. Whether you believe that one or not is up to you. What’s your thoughts on all this?

[via reuters]

Android 2.3.4 update for T-Mobile HTC Sensation now live

Earlier in the week Vodafone users started enjoying the Android 2.3.4 update for the Sensation, and now the fun begins for T-Mobile users. The biggest improvement 2.3.4 gives you is the capability to video chat through Google Talk. This update is version 1.45.531.1, and will be pushed to all handsets by the end September. If you don’t want to wait for the automatic push, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if it is available for you to download.

New Features

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life

Improvements

  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playback
  • Improvements  regarding device reboot / power off
  • Improvements to icon  pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution


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Locked Bootloader part of T-Mobile’s G-Slate 3.1 Update

If modding is your cup of tea, you might want to hold off on updating your T-Mobile G-Slate with the 3.1 update that’s currently rolling out as it is being reported that the new update carries with it a locked bootloader.

With a locked bootloader making the flashing of ROMs impossible, is the “update” even worth it? Is the 3.1 update better than what can be accomplished now with 3.0.1 + a custom ROM? It comes down to whether or not you value the access that an unlocked bootloader gives you and whether or not that access is worth the price of an update.

Prior to this update, G-Slate had been one of the more developer friendly tablets on the market. Its both sad and frustrating to see this happen when other manufacturers are taking positive steps in the opposite direction.

[via phandroid]