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Foreigners Gobbling Up American Pie

If Sprint Nextel closes its deal with Japan-based Softbank, then more of the good old-fashioned American wireless telephone industry will be subject to foreign control -- three out of the top four wireless carriers in the U.S., in fact, will have their headquarters overseas. Is that a good thing or ...

TECH TREK

Silicon Valley Goes to Washington for Anti-Huawei Campaign

Cisco Systems was among the "array" of American tech firms lobbying against Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE. Huawei and ZTE -- which were recently dubbed security threats by the House Intelligence Committee -- were targeted in a lengthy "marketing campaign" designed to discredit Chi...

MetroPCS Deal Could Change the Game for T-Mobile

T-Mobile announced that it will acquire rival carrier MetroPCS to create a larger company. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2013, following shareholder and regulatory approvals. Until then, T-Mobile and MetroPCS will continue to operate as separate companies. When the deal is close...

T-Mobile Sells Off Towers to Feed its 4G Needs

Crown Castle International is acquiring rights to operate 7,200 of T-Mobile's cellular towers in a $2.4 billion deal that will give the carrier's owner, Deutsche Telekom, cash to expand its 4G LTE network in the U.S. The deal will allow Crown Castle to operate T-Mobile's towers for 28 years. Both co...

OPINION

Carrier Snapshots: Where They’re At

Labor Day has come and gone, and now it's time for the big end-of-year season to begin. Expect lots of new product announcements, starting with the new Apple iPhone next week. It's all about what's new and what's coming next in wireless, telecom, television and technology. So here's a look at where ...

Retailers Cram Another Payment System Into Bulging Mobile Wallet

A group of major retailers in the United States on Wednesday announced a new mobile commerce platform, Merchant Customer Exchange. Members include 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowe's, Sears Holdings, Target, Walmart, Shell Oil and Sunoco. The group will announce more members over time. MCX is still searching...

TECH TREK

Twitter Channels Google, Issues Transparency Report

Two weeks after Google released its biannual transparency report, Twitter has done the same, unveiling a list of requests from governments around the world. The report, which details takedown requests, information requests and where user information was sent, is the first of what will become biannua...

Firefox OS Slinks Onto Smartphone Stage

While Mozilla has seen its share of the browser market decline, losing much ground to Chrome, Firefox could challenge another Google technology. On Monday, Mozilla announced that the Firefox OS mobile platform, previously known as "Boot to Gecko," would be used by a number of mobile carriers includi...

Rumored Merger Could Give T-Mobile a Shot in the Arm

Deutsche Telekom is rumored to be pursuing a merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS Communications. How the merger may be executed appears to be a moving target at the moment. It could take the form of a stock-swap, giving Deutsche Telekom control of the combined entity, or it could be an initial publ...

AT&T, T-Mobile: There’s No Crying in Mergers

AT&T has decided not to challenge the Federal Communication Commission's objections to its proposed US$39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Given the energy, time and resources it clearly put into the effort, the company is likely still licking its wounds, but it will soon have to address the qu...

AT&T, T-Mobile: There’s No Crying in Mergers

AT&T has decided not to challenge the Federal Communication Commission's objections to its proposed US$39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Given the energy, time and resources it clearly put into the effort, the company is likely still licking its wounds, but it will soon have to address the qu...

AT&T Wakes Up From Its T-Mobile Dream

AT&T has put an end to its $39 billion quest to take over T-Mobile Monday, announcing that it will decline to challenge the FCC's claims that the deal would lead to fewer consumer choices, poor service and higher prices. The proposed deal with T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telekom, announ...

AT&T Wakes Up From Its T-Mobile Dream

AT&T has put an end to its $39 billion quest to take over T-Mobile Monday, announcing that it will decline to challenge the FCC's claims that the deal would lead to fewer consumer choices, poor service and higher prices. The proposed deal with T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telekom, announ...

WEEKLY RECAP

Verizon and Google Enter Holiday Party Late and Sulky

The Galaxy Nexus has finally arrived in the United States after showing up in places like Europe and Hong Kong several weeks ago. This is a Samsung smartphone running the very latest and greatest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. And there are no factory-installed tweaks to the OS either -- it...

AT&T Sinks Teeth Deeper Into T-Mobile Deal

AT&T plans to continue with its plan to acquire T-Mobile, Chief Financial Officer John Stephens told reporters, in spite of strong disapproval from regulatory organizations including the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. AT&T plans to use the $10 billion cash a...

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