After the failure of the proposed $39 billion merger deal with T-Mobile, Dallas, Texas-based AT&T is now mulling back up plans to look for ways to expand its extremely crowded spectrum.
While AT&T had pinned its hopes on the T-mobile merger for relieving a chunk of its spectrum, the failed merger has now left both the concerned companies searching for solution that may underscore a new fruitful direction.
Months of passionate lobbying couldn’t help AT&T to realize its dream of becoming the largest mobile phone operator in the United States by acquiring T-Mobile USA.
AT&T on Monday announced its decision to abandon its controversial $39 billion-bid for T-Mobile USA.
The takeover bid was announced in March, the bid encountered severe objections from the sides of rival like Verizon, federal agencies the U. S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission and many consumer groups over concerns that the takeover would harm customers by hurting competition in the market.
Users in the top 5 per cent of AT&T traffic are reportedly seeing their data speeds cut all the way back to 2G speed as the network provider has started throttling its heaviest data users.
According to CultofMac, AT&T has alerted heavy users of its move via text message stating, “Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced.”
The move comes as no surprise. Back in July, AT&T had made it clear that it would throttle speeds for heavy data users from 1st of October.
The LG Nitro HD, the first LTE-capable smartphone available on airwaves of AT&T, has several software and hardware specs that allow it to make a distinction from the crowd of others.
LG’s Nitro HD features 720 by 1280 pixel touchscreen display that measures 4.5-inch in size, the pixels are strikingly sharp and quality of pictures or video playback is excellent.
Under its hood, the new smartphone has a powerful dual-core, 1.5 GHz QUALCOMM processor, an 8-megapixel camera that is capable of shooting videos in 1080p, and 1GB of RAM and 4GB of international storage.
According to a Financial Times (FT) report, the German government - which is the biggest, 32 percent, shareholder in Deutsche Telekom - is becoming increasingly apprehensive that the US antitrust concerns would probably lead to the fall through of AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of Deutsche Telekom's US mobile phone division, T-Mobile USA.
The uncertainty surrounding AT&T's planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA increased recently when the proposed merger hit yet another stumbling block --- with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)'s chairman stating on Friday that the merger failed to meet the FCC's standard for approval.
In a last week statement by the Philippines police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), it was revealed that the law enforcement officials in Philippines, together with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), busted a gang of four alleged hackers in Manila; and that the hackers supposedly have links with a terrorist group based in Saudi Arabia.
It was announced by the Federal Communications Commission that AT&T along with Deutsche Telekom has filed a case with them wherein it has requested them for shifting T-Mobile's license to AT&T. It said that this was necessary for its $39 billion bid to take over smaller competitors.
There is also news that Sprint Nextel has objected to transfer of any licenses. In a strong-worded statement that was present to press, Sprint's VP said that such filing would allow for creation of an entrenched duopoly in the wireless industry.
Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint Nextel has openly lashed out the deal between its two close rivals AT&T Inc and its proposed acquisition of T Mobile USA. He angrily said that if the deal goes through then it would not only put into question innovations on the wireless industry but would also hamper growth.
He is the head of the third largest player in mobile industry in US and is totally against the $3.9 billion deal. He wants it to be scrutinized by the regulator and said that his distaste for the deal is nothing more than an echo of the comments of Sprint executives.
Recently, the biggest acquisition is expected to take place in the world. AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile discloses his purchase of T-Mobile USA worth $39 billion. However, this possession still seeks the approval of the regulator which might take more than a year even if the carrier pledges to sell assets and expand rural coverage.
AT&T has made the decision-making course a little more difficult for those planning to buy an archetype iPad and its new release models. According to reports, CNET contributor Jim Dalrymple stated on “The Loop,” his personal blog that AT&T has reduced the price of iPad 3G by $100.
The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models when first released were priced at $629, $729, and $829, respectively earlier but now cost $429, $529, and $629 respectively.
Telecom carrier, AT&T has said today that it will roll out support for Personal Hotspot feature of Apple's iOS 4.3 on iPhone 4 form March 11.
Rival Verizon Wireless allows users to create use their smartphone to create a personal Wi-Fi hotspot. Users can connect upto up to five other devices, including tablets and notebooks to the internet using iPhone's hotspot.
"AT&T plans to support the iOS 4.3 mobile hotspot feature when it's released March 11," an AT&T spokesman said today. "To utilize this feature, customers will need to subscribe to the DataPro 4GB/$45 tethering data plan."
Apple's new TV ad "Two is better than one" is praising both AT&T and Verizon as both are now providing network to the iPhone. The Apple iPhone has recently been made available on AT&T's rival network provider Verizon. Earlier, AT&T had the exclusive rights to sell the iPhone.
Apple's new ad demonstrates two iPhones next to each other performing exactly the same tasks at exactly the same time, to give the impression that the two network providers are equal.
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