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Daily Dose of iQ: Sprint, T-Mobile Agree on Terms of $32B Merger

Son and Legere

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday afternoon (June 4) that Sprint and T-Mobile USA have agreed "on the broad outlines of a merger valuing T-Mobile at around $32 billion."

Just because the two companies appear to agree on the terms of the agreement, it is far from a done deal. "A deal would need the approval of the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department," wrote the WSJ's Ryan Knutson.

Daily Dose of iQ: FCC Hopes to Cap Verizon, AT&T in Upcoming 4G Auction

Gigaom reported today that the Federal Communications Commission intends to limit the amount of wireless spectrum the two largest U.S. carriers can buy.

The FCC recently circulated proposed rules for low-band spectrum auction "that would limit Verizon and AT&T’s ability to bid on all licenses in markets where competition for frequencies is particular intense," wrote Gigaom's Kevin Flitchard.

Daily Dose of iQ: Masayoshi Son Vows 'Massive Price War' Should He Buy T-Mobile

Screenshot: Masayoshi Son on Charlie Rose

SoftBank founder and Sprint owner Masayoshi Son was a guest on the Charlie Rose show this week and as Ars Technica reports, he made some pretty bold statements about what he'd do if Sprint were able to acquire T-Mobile USA.

Daily Dose of iQ: Carriers, FCC Move Toward Cellphone Unlocking Policy

Reuters reported today (Dec. 12) that U.S. carriers and the FCC are nearing an agreement to adopt new policies to make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones for use on a competitor's network.

This of course is welcome news to U.S. consumers, many of whom have wondered why it was so easy for phone users to unlock their phones in foreign markets.

Daily Dose of iQ: Canadian Carriers Question 'Bill Shock' Protection

Bill shock is something we’ve blogged about in the past and the resounding moral of the story is carriers are often reluctant to inform subscribers when they’re at risk of accruing unexpected overages. Why? Because these overages are easy money for the carrier, of course.

Daily Dose of iQ: Could Apple Actually Become a Mobile Carrier?

Let's get one thing straight, right off the bat: Apple is not in the process of becoming a mobile carrier.

Daily Dose of iQ: Mobile Future Infographic Reiterates Dire Spectrum State

Except - Mobile Future Infographic

Last month, we blogged about the U.S. 'spectrum crunch,' as mobile phone traffic nears wireless network limits (analysts are predicting a spectrum deficit as early as next year).

Today, a new infographic from Mobile Future helps to better illustrate ramifications of the spectrum crunch.

Daily Dose of iQ: 'Spectrum Crunch' - U.S. Phone Traffic Nears Wireless Network Limits

CNN graphic. Source: FCC

CNNMoney Tech reported today that the time for wireless reckoning has arrived in the U.S.

"The U.S. mobile phone industry is running out of the airwaves necessary to provide voice, text and Internet services to its customers," wrote David Goldman earlier today.

"The problem, known as the 'spectrum crunch,' threatens to increase the number of dropped calls, slow down data speeds and raise customers' prices."

Daily Dose of iQ: Verizon Backing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam

Matt Jurek of TeckGoblin.com reports that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is supporting AT&T's controversial acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

"He warned that the Government has no choice but to let the deal go though unless they want to fix the current spectrum problems," writes Jurek. "He went on to say 'We need to be very thoughtful on what the impacts would be to the overall industry if this is a way to regulate the industry without actually passing regulation.'"

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: What it Means for the Industry

AT&T announced plans to buy out T-Mobile USA back in March (see Merger), but a lot has happened since then, according to Maisie Ramsay of Wireless Week.

May 31 was the deadline for filing an opposition to the FCC about the merger and up until that day, more than 15,000 comments were sent about the merger, Ramsay wrote.

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