Japan's SoftBank is in talks with Deutsche Telekom over a potential deal for T-Mobile US if its $20.1 billion offer to take control of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel collapses, according to a Reuters report.
The National Security Agency's phone and data collection effort targeting Verizon also included AT&T and Sprint, according to various reports, as part of a seven-year-old program to collect telephone "meta data" such as the number called, the time of the call and the length of the conversation.
Apple is not throttling the speeds of iPhone users on Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an analysis by technology publication AnandTech. The analysis sharply disputes allegations from iOS developer Joseph Brown, operator of the website iTweakiOS, who claimed that Apple was doing so via code in its iOS operating system.
The National Security Agency is working with Verizon Communications, AT&T and Sprint Nextel to collect data about U.S. citizens' telephone calls, according to multiple reports. However, government officials and lawmakers say the program is lawful and is reviewed by Congress and the courts.
AT&T Mobility is limiting the data options on its cheaper prepaid GoPhone plans. However, the carrier said it will launch new GoPhone plans in the next few weeks, according to a CNET report. AT&T did not provide prices for the new plans, saying only that there would be a "variety of plans."
Apple has inserted code into its iOS operating system that limits the maximum data speeds iPhone and iPad customers can achieve on the networks of Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an iOS developer. It does not appear that the code is affecting iPhones that work on T-Mobile US, which just started offering the iPhone in April.
BlackBerry's next high-end flagship Blackberry 10 device will be called the A10 and will roll out during the holiday shopping season, according to a CNET report.
Sprint Nextel is still planning to hold a shareholder meeting June 12 to vote on SoftBank's $20.1 billion proposal to buy 70 percent of Sprint, according to a spokesman, pushing back against a report that the company is considering delaying the vote as its board considers Dish Network's $25.5 billion counterbid.
Liberty Media chairman John Malone predicted trouble for Netflix and other online video providers if cable operators shift their focus to marketing new usage-based broadband tiers to subscribers.
Sprint Nextel MVNO FreedomPop said starting later this summer it will offer unlimited texting and 200 VoIP-based voice calling minutes for free to select Android phone users. The offering represents the combination of FreedomPop's freemium business model with the over-the-top (OTT) messaging trend.