SoftBank's increased offer for Sprint Nextel indicates SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is prepared to go the distance. It is entirely possible that Dish Network's Charlie Ergen will increase his own bid for Sprint, but if Ergen is ultimately unable to defeat Son, what will Ergen do next?
T-Mobile US blasted a recent study on the potential revenue that would be lost by limiting participation of AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless in the upcoming 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions, arguing that the study actually affirms T-Mobile's own positions on the highly charged topic.
Japan's SoftBank increased its bid for Sprint Nextel by 7.5 percent to $21.6 billion in an effort to counter Dish Network's competing $25.5 billion bid for Sprint. However, in a blow to Dish's prospects to seal the deal, Sprint said it has ended talks with Dish and that the special committee of its board that is evaluating Dish's proposal found that it "is not reasonably likely to lead to a 'superior offer'" as defined in Sprint's agreement with SoftBank.
AT&T Mobility said it is bringing its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service to business customers through a new app available for Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. AT&T boasted that this will be the first time a U.S. carrier is offering push-to-talk capabilities on the iPhone, and the app's launch comes less than three weeks ahead of Sprint Nextel's planned shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network.
AT&T Mobility will now make customers wait 24 months instead of 20 months to upgrade to a new, subsidized device. The move mirrors one that rival Verizon Wireless announced in April.
SoftBank's planned $20.1 billion purchase of a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel was cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice, giving a boost to SoftBank as it initiates a $4.2 billion bond offering.
AT&T, battling to keep regulators from restricting its access to spectrum in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum, said spectrum set-asides proposed by T-Mobile US would curtail auction proceeds earmarked for public-safety communications and thus deprive first responders of the modern communications tools they need.
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.