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AT&T breaks it off with T-Mobile

The big news in the telecomm world this week is the abandonment of AT&T’s efforts to merge with T-Mobile. The $39-billion mega merger would have created the nation’s largest service provider, but had become entangled in Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission investigations and anti-trust concerns.

AT&T and T-Mobile merger falls through

While opponents of the merger are pleased with this announcement, ditching the merger comes at a significant cost for both AT&T and T-Mobile, not to mention customers who were looking forward to the expanded network. AT&T will be forced to shell out a hefty fee of $4 billion of cash and assets to T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom. For T-Mobile, the fourth-largest national cellular provider, the failed merger leaves the firm more likely for a second-round acquisition by another interested service provider. 

Although the DOJ and FCC had legitimate concerns and questions about the proposed merger, the most significant end cost may end up on consumers’ shoulders As more people use mobile devices to surf the web, send emails and stream video, broadband demand is continuing to skyrocket. The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would have meant more data resources for more consumers.

I have no doubt that both AT&T and T-Mobile will look for other partners, and I’ll be eager to see what deals are ahead for them in the future. What are your thoughts?

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The New Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS

Microsoft, Samsung and HTC have released the first three smartphones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS.

What sets the new Windows 7.5 Mango OS apart? While this operating system keeps the signature Windows phone look, its conventional icons have been replaced by Live Tiles, which constantly update from the Web regarding news, appointments or friends’ status. The new ‘Group’ title allows users to organize their friends, making it efficient to text, email or instant message people with a single tap. Mango users also have access to Windows Live SkyDrive, which provides 25GB cloud storage.

HTC Radar 4G –The HTC Radar 4G is the only phone offered through T-Mobile with the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. The HTC Radar features back and front facing camera capabilities, 10-hour battery life and aluminum back panel.  Unlike other T-Mobile smartphones, the Radar does not allow WI-FI calling. The HTC Radar 4G is available for $99.

Samsung Focus S –With a 4.27” super AMOLED plus display, the Samsung Focus S is a good choice for those who use their phones for surfing the Web or watching videos. The Focus Flash has a 1.5GHz processor making one of the fastest Windows Phone 7.5. The Focus S is now available at AT&T starting at $199.

Samsung Focus Flash-Slimmer than the Focus S, the Focus Flash has a 3.7” super AMOLED display. Even though it offers a smaller display than the Samsung Focus S, it has a 1.4GHz processor, a close rival in speed to the Focus S. Offered through AT&T, the Samsung Focus Flash is available for $49.

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