May yours be a long and happy marriage: MetroPCS’s shareholders blessed the union of the company with T-Mobile. All it took was a bit of a sweetened dowry on behalf of T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom. The deal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission last month, so it’s full steam ahead from here. [via Bloomberg]
The proposed marriage of underdog T-Mobile and upstart MetroPCS is one step closer to the altar today, as the Justice Dept. was given the chance to speak out against the merger but appears to have decided to forever hold its peace. [More]
It’s been almost a year since the FCC and Justice Dept. ripped AT&T and T-Mobile apart, ending the lovers’ foolish hopes of a life of marital bliss. But regulators can only keep true love down for so long, as the two telecoms have announced they will share their networks in storm-damaged areas of New York and New Jersey where customers have been left without bars on their phone. [More]
If you’ve been to enough weddings, you’ve inevitably sat through some nuptials that you knew would only result in bratty kids and constant bickering. So now that T-Mobile and MetroPCS want to take their brief love affair to the next level, it’s time to start thinking about whether this marriage deserves a blessing or an intervention. [More]
Kids move so fast these days! Just yesterday we noted how T-Mobile was busy wooing MetroPCS, as its parent company Deutsche Telekom was hoping the company could just move on from that whole “jilted at the altar by AT&T and the DOJ” thing. And now (cue the knowing “ooooohs“) the board of MetroPCS says it’s all in favor of merging with T-Mobile. But how will it find a dress in time?!?!? [More]
Almost a year after the FCC and DOJ came running up the aisle of the AT&T/T-Mobile wedding, offering up numerous reasons why the couple should not be wed, T-Mobile is already updating its OKcupid profile and going out on coffee dates with a younger, less-experienced beau: MetroPCS. [More]
While AT&T has publicly said it is considering ways to restructure its plan to purchase T-Mobile USA for $39 billion will end the Justice Dept.’s suit to block the merger — and the FCC’s plan to put up regulatory speed bumps — a news report claims that there are new signs that the Death Star may be looking to retreat. [More]
Tomorrow morning the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing titled “The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Is Humpty Dumpty Being Put Back Together Again?” It’s the first in what looks to be numerous hearings on AT&T’s pending purchase of T-Mobile USA and earlier today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson released his prepared statement to the subcommittee, where he explains that his company isn’t spending over $39 billion to leapfrog ahead of Verizon in the standings. No, it’s all about you, the consumer. [More]
Among the big concerns surrounding the pending sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T are the potential for rate increases for current T-Mobile customers and the near-duopoly that would exist in the aftermath of the sale. In a new interview with USA Today, the Death Star’s CEO attempted to assuage worries on both fronts. [More]
More answers and more questions about our mysterious phone spammer.
We’ve been having a devil of a time tracking down this phone-spammer. None of the reverse phone-lookup services gave us more information than that the number used to be with “Global Crossing Local” and is now with the MetroPCS cellphone company. The number is listed as being in Fort Lauderale, FL, sleazy marketing capital of the world.