Back in August, at the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S II event, we wondered why T-Mobile wouldn’t let us touch their version. Even the press release gave little information. We had an idea that a Qualcomm processor would replace the Exynos because of better compatibility with 42Mbps HSPA+, but they never mentioned any specs.
Samsung @GalaxySsupport might have just outed a little secret. It appears that not only will the T-Mobile variant have a Qualcomm processor, it will be a 1.5GHz dual-core APQ8060 processor. This information was tweeted over 5 hours ago, and Samsung hasn’t retracted it. This is a good sign.
Would love to hear from T-Mobile users. Are you excited yet?
Have you been dying to buy a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with mobile data connectivity but aren’t or don’t want to be a Verizon customer? Well It might just be your day my friend. A recent photo shows a new Sammy 10 inch slate dubbed the SGH-T859 that could only be a reconfiguration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This time around it will sport a 1700MHZ AWS radio compatible with T-Mobile, along with 850/1900 GSM / EDGE / WCDMA / HSPA, all in the same body as the WiFi only rig. It is still speculation that this device is headed solely to T-Mobile, but options are always nice when shopping around for data plans.
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Well this is a little shocking and possibly disappointing at the same time. Philip Berne, Samsung Telecommunications Marketing manager, has let the cat out of the bag and said T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II will not be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos processor. Both Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch and AT&T’s Galaxy S II are strutting the Exynos and in my opinion, this is the processor that really gave the heart of Galaxy S II it’s name. Rumors are saying T-Mobile’s version will be using Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon processor like the 1.2GHz APQ8060 (the same processor in the discontinued HP Touchpad). It’s said this is a logical move since the Qualcomm chipset supports HSPA+ up to 42Mbps, where the Exynos tacks out at 21Mbps.
T-Mobile’s processor of choice for their S II variant is totally hanging out in Rumorville right now, but with a launch hopefully in October we should know more soon. Stay tuned as we will be reporting it right here. Anyone else besides me disappointed by the loss of the Exynos or is this a good thing?
We’ve got an update for you on T-Mobile’s “All Hands Day” we posted for you yesterday. Tmonews has negated any rumors that this was for the iPhone 5 and stated this will simply be a sale event. Following previous sales of this sort, current rumors say we will see T-Mobile phones at a price of $100 after rebates of $50, $100, or $200 depending on the original cost of the device. We will have to hope these deals apply to both new customers and those ready to receive an upgrade.
A second rumor says there will be a mobile hotspot device introduced running on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42Mbps network. I was hoping the Hercules release date would get moved up, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. More info is sure to come so keep a close eye here as we’ll be sure to let you know.
Well what do we have here? It seems T-Mobile wants all hands on deck for September 24th, but why? That is the question. Maybe it has to do with the AT&T deal or perhaps a major device is joining the network, the Galaxy S II perhaps? We’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, leave us a comment saying what you think is happening September 24th.
Sprint certainly hasn’t been shy when it comes to expressing just how the company really feels about the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition. Several days ago, just following a proposed block filed by the DOJ with the claim that the deal would “substantially lessen competition”, Sprint also filed its own suit announcing that they’ll be suing AT&T as well in an effort to block the deal. AT&T responded with the following:
This simply demonstrates what we’ve said all along – Sprint is more interested in protecting itself than it is in promoting competition that benefits consumers. We of course will vigorously contest this matter in court as AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile USA will: help solve our nation’s spectrum exhaust situation and improve wireless service for millions; allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE mobile broadband to another 55 million Americans, or 97% of the population; and result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most.
Stay tuned to Talk Android as we follow up on the exchange between the two telco’s along with the DOJ, which should ultimately render some kind of decision soon
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The federal judge overseeing the Justice Department’s lawsuit against AT&T has asked both sides to discuss the prospects of a settlement on September 21st.
Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle signed an order on Monday asking the Justice Department, AT&T, and Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile) to file a joint plan by Sept 16th on scheduling and managing the case. Judge Huvelle sits in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit on August 31st saying the acquisition would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market. AT&T said it would contest the litigation and is reportedly as working on a two track plan to address any merger concerns.
While the government’s criticism of the deal was harsh, officials have also suggested there was room to negotiate. Sharis A. Pozen, the acting assistant attorney general, said at an August 31st news conference: “We apprised them of our serious concerns. And as any party can do, our door is open”.
People briefed on the matter have said that AT&T also expects to enter in discussions about a possible solution.
Sprint filed suit against AT&T today, following the U.S. Department of Justice’s own suit opposing the merger. As quoted from their press release, “Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.” It looks as if the chaos we’ve witnessed thus far is merely the beginning.
Full press release after the break
Earlier today, we reported on a Reuters article suggesting that T-Mobile wouldn’t receive their settlement package if the the merger deal fell through. Deutsche Telekom has since responded to the Wall Street Journal. A Deutsche Telekom spokesman said that AT&T could “retreat from the transaction if the concessions necessary to get approval amount to more than $7.8 billion, but added, Deutsche Telekom would still be entitled to receive the break-up fee package.” So, Deutsche Telekom isn’t indicating that the fee is in any danger should the deal not close, contrary to the previous report from Reuters. Everything is still up in the air folks. Regardless, Deutsche Telekom is confident that they are still entitled to the $6 billion.
Who doesn’t like a little drama in the morning?
AT&T’s battle for reign over T-Mobile has become a bit more interesting this morning as Reuters is reporting that it’s not necessarily a given that T-Mobile will get a settlement fee if the deal falls through, at least according to a source familiar with the contract. Previously it was held as a given that even if the deal went south, T-Mobile would come out ahead with an obligatory $6 billion from AT&T, giving the smaller company capital to pull itself out of its financial straits. Now it’s been revealed that there are certain stipulations in the contract, including a time limit that the deal needs to be finalized in and a particular value that T-Mobile’s assets needs to remain above. This follows an interview with Deutsche Telekom over at BusinessWeek where T-Mobile’s parent corporation mentioned that they were considering “carving out assets” to ensure that the deal goes through. Given the Department of Justice’s stance and AT&T’s supposed upcoming change in strategy, there really is no clear outcome here.
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