DEALS: Alltel goes full-on wireless


Alltel joins the fold and sheds its wireless assets.


DEALS

WHO

WITH

WHAT

SCOOP

Valor

Alltel

Valor to pay $9.1B for Alltel's wireline business

The deal makes Alltel a purely wireless company with remaining assets including an estimated 11 million wireless customers in 34 states.

Vodafone

Telsim

Vodafone to acquire Telsim for $4.5B

Vodafone outbid Kuwait's MTC to win the auction for the state-owned Turkish operator, which claims 9 million subscribers and 25 percent of Turkey's market.

EA

JAMDAT

EA to acquire JAMDAT for $680M

EA said one of the reasons for the acquisition is that the mobile gaming market is more than $1 billion, up to $5 billion in next few years, plus only 40 percent of handsets worldwide are game-enabled so far.

DoCoMo

KTF

DoCoMo will pay $560M for 10% stake of KTF

The deal will be made through the allocation of new shares and the acquisition of KTF treasury stock and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Sprint

Enterprise Communications Partnership

Spring acquired the affiliate for $98M

As part of the deal, Sprint paid $2 million for wireless spectrum licenses held by an Enterprise Communications affiliate. Sprint stands to gain 52,000 wireless subscribers in Alabama and Georgia.

iPass

GoRemote Communications

iPass to acquire GoRemote for $76.5M

The all-cash deal will help iPass shift its attention to carriers, ISPs and system integrators in the mobile space.

SpectraLink

Kirk Telecom

SpectraLink will acquire Kirk for $61.3

Under the deal, Denmark's Kirk Telecom will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SpectraLink while continuing to do business under the Kirk brand.

MTV Networks

Amp'd Mobile

MTV will invest $50M in Amp'd and provide entertainment content

Amp'd will carry original content from Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, CMT, Spike TV and MTV's other properties. The deal includes video clips, ringtones, screensavers, wallpapers and other types of content.

Doughty Hanson

Spirent

Doughty Hanson will pay £288.9 million for Spirent's network products

If the deal goes through, Doughty Hanson will assume £11.2 million in debt and the balance will be paid in cash upon completion of the deal.

Carphone Warehouse

OneTel

Carphone acquired OneTel for £132 million

In a separate deal the company bought the UK and Irish fixed line operations of Swedish firm Tele2 for £8.5 million. Carphone said the buying spree is an effort to compete head-on with British Telecom as it expands its current fixed-line subscriber base from 1 million to 2.4 million.

Amp'd Mobile

CBS, UPN

CBS and UPN will provide mobile video content to Amp'd customers

CBS reportedly held up the deal for a few weeks (it was supposed to be announced before Thanksgiving) for undisclosed reasons. The networks will provide behind-the-scenes footage, previews, interviews and show clips.

Bluetooth Special Internet Group

Wi-Fi Alliance, NFC Forum

The groups will hash out standards and ensure interoperability between wireless technologies

Customers are more and more likely to want an overall wireless strategy as opposed to the traditional need for specific wireless networking technology.

Calypso Wireless

Sleipner

Calypso finalized the acquisition of Sleipner

Calypso says the move will enable it to enhance the technology on its C1250i WiFi-GSM-GPRS VoIP smart phone. The deal's terms were not disclosed.

Cingular

Visa

Launch trials of contactless payment

The trials of mobile phone payment systems using Near Field Communication technology will take place in Atlanta's Phillips Arena. The 250 members of the trial group will be able to purchase food, drinks, videos and music by waving their phone one to three inches away from NFC terminals.

General Wireless

3

Teamed up to launch PC-to-mobile MMS

The service, called 3PC Message, is an eMMS solution that integrates PC-based email with mobile text and multimedia messaging. The service is compatible with Microsoft Outlook but can also be used by subscribers with standalone Windows client software.

Sprint

MSpot

Offer full-length movies, TV shows on mobile phones

For a flat monthly fee of $6.95, plus the regular data charges, customers can watch movies in segments, much like a DVD setup.

Sprint Nextel

Velocita Wireless

Sprint to acquire Velocita

In a move aimed at enhancing its iDEN network coverage, Sprint Nextel plans to use Velocita's 900 MHz spectrum to supplement the iDEN network it acquired along with Nextel Communications.

SunCom Wireless

Qpass

Agreed to an expanded two-year licensing deal

As part of the deal, SunCom will add Qpass' content delivery platform and content management services to its Downloadables service. Qpass' technology and services will allow SunCom subscribers to manage and personalize premium content transactions and download ringtones, games, graphics and other digital media to their mobile phones.

Verizon Wireless

Warner Bros.

Agreed to mobile content deal

Scenes and trailers from the WB Network shows "Everwood," "Gilmore Girls," "Smallville" and "Supernatural" will be available through its VCast service. Both classic and original Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera cartoon shorts will also be offered through VCast.

Vonage

UTStarcom

Vonage launched the UTStarcom-manufactured WiFi handset

The handset allows subscribers to use its VoIP service over any public WiFi network. The phone supports all of the features of Vonage home phones, connects with any public 802.11b network and allows the user to save WiFi profiles to facilitate connectivity.

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