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SoftBank’s reported plan to acquire T-Mobile may face serious regulatory hurdles

SoftBank, the Japan-based majority owner of wireless carrier Sprint, is reportedly in talks with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA; but analysts are of the opinion that any such deal will not be possible unless the Japanese company overcomes U. S. regulators serious concerns about healthy competition.

A few days back, media reports said that SoftBank was in the `final stages' of acquisition talks with T-Mobile's German parent firm Deutsche Telekom. The reports pegged the value of the potential deal at around $20 billion.

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Sprint close to acquire T-Mobile USA: report

U. S. wireless carrier Sprint may soon announce a deal to acquire rival network provider T-Mobile USA, according to fresh media reports.

As per a new report by Reuters, Japan-based SoftBank, the majority owner of Sprint, is the `final stages' of discussions with Deutsche Telekom over the potential purchase of T-Mobile.

The report explained that SoftBank has plans to use Sprint shares to acquire T-Mobile from its German parent firm Deutsche Telekom in a deal worth around $19 billion.

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Sprint launches new HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo

The third largest telecom service provider in the US, Sprint has announced the launch two new smartphone devices powered by Windows Phone 8 platform called the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo.

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Sprint testing LTE cell sites in San Francisco

Sprint is testing LTE cell sites in San Francisco, one of which, cell site SF33XC664, is located high above Van Ness Avenue.

The company recently allowed a visit to cell site SF33XC664, and the visit revealed that this site provides LTE data, CDMA data as well as voice connectivity, but it lacks support for WiMAX.

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Cellphone carriers see dramatic increase in surveillance requests

In a disclosure which underscores law enforcement agencies’ increasing reliance on cellphones for tracking suspects or probing crimes, a congressional inquiry has found that, in 2011, as many as 1.3 million surveillance requests were received by cellphone carriers.

According to a New York Times report, the information which the law enforcement agencies sought from the carriers last year chiefly comprised details about text messages, wire taps, and callers’ location. The carriers provided this information either because of legal orders or in emergency situations.

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