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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'"