AT&T has been trying to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion since March 2011. The announcement was a surprise for everyone, and the acquisition would have created the largest telecom provider in the United States, far ahead of its competitors in terms of subscribers. Naturally, there were going to be some regulatory hurdles in a deal of this size.
Today, we have an update from AT&T which indicates that the deal might be in jeopardy. AT&T has set aside $4 billion for accounting charges, should the deal go south and it has to pay T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom a breakup fee.
The Federal Communications Commission recently recommended that there be an administrative hearing to approve this deal. The DoJ had also filed a lawsuit to block the acquisition, on grounds that it would be harmful for consumers.
Today, AT&T announced that it was withdrawing its applications from the FCC for now, in order to focus on getting the deal cleared by the DoJ first.
AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) are continuing to pursue the sale of Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. wireless assets to AT&T and are taking this step to facilitate the consideration of all options at the FCC and to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice,AT&T said.
In case the deal doesn’t go through, the total value of the breakup package for Deutsche Telekom is estimated to be around $7 billion.
While this move by the two companies doesn’t mean that the deal is dead, it surely indicates that the chances of successfully completing it have decreased significantly.
Samsung and AT&T have just announced via a press-release that both the companies will be joining hands to bring the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to the United States.
As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch HD screen, and is a mere 8.6mm thin. The tablet is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, along with an Adreno 220 GPU. The tablet also packs in 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
This 8.9-inch tablet sports a 3.2mP camera at its rear with an LED flash, and a 2MP camera in the front. The tablet runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. All the usual connectivity features are also present, including support for AT&T’s recently released 4G LTE network and its ‘fake’ 4G network – HSPA+ – as well.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will burn a hole of $479.99 through its future-owners pocket, which will be accompanied by a two-year commitment. Early Tab 8.9 owners will also get a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket free of cost with the tablet, with a separate two-year contract. The tablet will be available at all retail stores and online stores beginning from November 20th.
AT&T will also expand its 4G LTE coverage to six new markets on November 20th including Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas city, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The cheapest iPad costs $499 without any sort of contract and offers a bigger screen, and a faster processor and GPU combo, and not to mention the fact that more apps are available for it. Compared to all this, the Galaxy Tab costs $479.99 with a two-year contract, offers a smaller screen, inferior processor+GPU combo, hardly has much apps available for it. Its high time Android tablet manufacturers get their pricing right, else the iPad will continue to rule the tablet market.
Back in September, HTC announced the HTC Titan smartphone. This handset runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. It comes with a large 4.7 inch touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera, 16 GB internal memory and more.
We have a good news for the AT&T customers, who were eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing smartphone. HTC recently tweeted that, the much-awaited HTC Titan will be exclusively available to the AT&T subscribers from November 20. If you are planning to get this handset, then check out the complete specs after the break.
HTC Titan features a 4.7 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz single core Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, etc.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, DLNA connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM, micro-USB 2.0, Internal GPS antenna, HTC Locations, Bing Maps, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, up to 710 mins of talk-time, up to 460 hours of stand-by time and a 1600 mAh battery.
AT&T subscribers can get the HTC Titan from November 20 for just $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement.
Along with the HTC Vivid, AT&T also announced a 4G LTE capable version of the Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The Skyrocket is the second phone to hit the AT&T’s network, which will supports the company’s 4G LTE network.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with a 4.5-inches of Super-AMOLED Plus goodness with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The handset comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and is powered by a 1.5GHz Exynos processor, along with an ARM Mali400-MP GPU.
At the back of the Skyrocket is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, along with a 2MP camera in the front. The handset is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.
Other key features of the Skyrock include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE and HSPA+ radios, and a bunch of sensors. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.
Like the HTC Vivid, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket will be available from 6th of November. AT&T will also expand its 4G LTE network to four new markets, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, House and San Antonia, on the same day. The handset will cost $250 on a two-year contract.
AT&T has just announced two new Droids for its ever expanding Android family – the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both the phones are the first ever phone from AT&T to sport a 4G LTE radio.
THe HTC Vivid sports a gigantic 4.5-inch LCD with qHD (640×960) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S3 processor from Qualcomm, and comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
At the back of the phone is an 8MP camera aided by an dual-LED flash. Accompanying the 8MP camera is a 1.3MP camera in the front. This 8MP camera uses the new sensor found in recent HTC phones, including the myTouch 4 G Slide, which is way better than its predecessor. The press release from AT&T also says that the Vivid is capable of recording videos at Full HD (1080p) resolution at 60 FPS. I am assuming it is a typo, since as far as I know the technology to capture full HD videos at 60FPS is umm…not coming until the next year or so.
Other key specs of the Vivid include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE radios, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HPSA+ and a bunch of sensors. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense 3.5 UI on top of it.
The Vivid will be available starting from November 6th, on both the online stores and retail stores. The phone will cost $199 on a two-year contract.
Up until the beginning of this month, AT&T had released 14 new Android phones under their network since the beginning of this year. Today, the company has announced five new Droid phones, taking its tally of Android phones in 2011 to 19.
First and foremost, the company announced the Motorola ATRIX 2. The original Atrix was released at the beginning of this year at CES 2011, and was among the first phones with a Tegra 2 SoC. Its successor also sports a 1GHz dual-core SoC of unknown manufacturer, and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Atrix 2 now sports a bigger 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution, which thankfully is not PenTile.
Other key features of the Atrix 2 includes 8GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, mini-HDMI port, On-Device Encryption, Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync, IPSec VPN, and WebTop support. At the back of the Atrix 2 is an 8MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, accompanied by a front-facing camera of unknown resolution. The handset also supports AT&T’s fake 4G’ network HSPA+ 21Mbps.
Along with the Atrix 2, the company also announced the Captivate Glide. The Captivate Glide is powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 SoC, packs 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory and sports a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The Glide has an 8MP camera with a front-facing 1.3MP as well. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 1080p videos. The usual array of connectivity features including support for HSPA+ 21Mbps is also present. The Glide also has some enhanced security features like Device and SD card encryption, VPN support, MDM, and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync.
Both the Atrix 2 and the Glide run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is going to get stale by the end of this month.
The other three Droids announced by AT&T are the Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket and AT&T Avail. Interested readers can find the specifications of these handsets here.
Back in the beginning of September, Samsung finally announced the much-awaited and hyped operators’ variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
While, the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II is already available, no specific date was announced for the T-Mobile and AT&T version. In fact, the complete specs of the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II were also not fully revealed.
Earlier, it was rumored that the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II would be released on 18th September. However, AT&T never confirmed that date, and as expected, the phone was not available in AT&T stores on 18th September.
Nevertheless, AT&T has finally confirmed via Twitter that the Galaxy S II will finally hit their retail stores on October 2nd, for $199.99 on a 2-year contract.
For the unknown, here is a quick reminder of the Samsung Galaxy S II specs for AT&T. Like the European version of SGS2, the AT&T version also has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, MHL port, 8MP camera in the back with a 2MP camera in the front, and a NFC chip. The usual bunch of sensors, and connectivity features are also on-board.
As an Apple event for the next-generation iPhone nears, leaks have started to become more common. Today, Engadget has received a leaked photo assumed to be from AT&T’s internal inventory system that shows a new entry for a “iPhone 4s white”. The screenshot was received from a tipster, however the listing appears to be incomplete and does not list the storage capacity. It should be noted that the “s” is left uncapitalized, signaling that the next iPhone will be a evolutionary update rather than a revolutionary one.
In the past, such entries have occurred and have usually been minimal indications of futures iPhones coming soon. The “iPhone 4s” is rumored by the media to be offered alongside the rumored upcoming “iPhone 5″. Numerous reports have suggested that Apple will release two distinct versions of the iPhone in an attempt to enter into the pre-paid market. I believe those rumors are false and my predictions for the next iPhone can be read here.
Apple is expected to unveil its next-genration iPhone and iPod touch in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested an event in September and a launch in October.
Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Play 4G, which is headed to AT&T’s network. Don’t be fooled by the ‘4G’ tag though; the Xperia Play 4G is exactly the same as European version of the Play, and the Verizon’s version as well.
This means the Xperia Play 4G still sports the same 1GHz Scorpion processor from Qualcomm, and an Adreno 205 GPU. There is also 512MB of RAM, along with 400MB of internal storage on-board. Compared to the recent dual-core offerings from other Android manufacturers, the Xperia Play 4G hardware definitely feels old.
Other key specs of the Play include a 4-inch FWVGA (854×480) screen, quality stereo speakers, 5MP camera at the back and a VGA camera in the front, and the usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of other sensors and connectivity features. The main highlight of the Xperia Play is its PSP like gamepad, which is bound to attract die-hard gamers.
A point to note here is that the Xperia Play 4G, unlike its 4G moniker, does not support AT&T’s true upcoming 4G LTE support. Instead, it supports its current so called 4G network, HSDPA+.
The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and features Facebook Inside Xperia as well. The Xperia Play is also the first PlayStation Certified phone in the world, and will come with seven games pre-loaded including Dungeon Defenders, Asphalt 6, Star Battalion, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx and Crash Bandicoot.
AT&T owners can get their hands on the Xperia Play 4G in an exclusive “Stealth Blue” color for only $49.99, after a two-year contract. The phone will hit the retail stores on September 18.
HTC and AT&T have finally announced there first ever Honeycomb based tablet, the AT&T Jetstream. The taiwanese company’s first ever Honeycomb tablet is different from the other run-of-the-mill Android Honeycomb tablets out there.
Unlike other Honeycomb tablets powered by a Tegra 2 SoC, a blazing fast 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm powers the Jetstream. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Also, unlike most other Honeycomb tablets out there, the Jetstream will feature HTC’s popular custom UI skin, Sense UI, which will be optimized for tablet. The Jetstream will also feature HTC’s useful Scribe feature, which first made its appearance on the Flyer.
The Jetstream packs the standard connectivity features for a tablet including Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, and most importantly its upcoming 4G LTE network.
At the back of the tablet is an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. The device is also capable of recording and playing back full HD videos.
AT&T’s Jetstream will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb on-board, and will hit the retail stores on September 4. The disappointing part about the tablet is its price. The Jetstream will cost a wallet-busting $699.99 with a two-year contract. This probably makes the Jetstream the costliest Android tablet at the moment!