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Monster $32B Tech Deal Came Together in 2 Weeks

Sprint parent SoftBank bid for ARM Holdings is its latest move into 'Internet of Things'

(Newser) - SoftBank, owner of Sprint, wants to make further inroads into the "Internet of Things," and it hopes the $32 billion acquisition it just made will help it achieve that end. Per the AP , the Japanese tech company has purchased Britain's ARM Holdings , a firm that designs the... More »

'Can You Hear Me Now' Guy Is Back—but Not for Verizon

Paul Marcarelli is now doing ads for Sprint

(Newser) - Sprint's newest ads feature a familiar face—and the company is hoping that consumers hear what he's saying loud and clear. "Hey, I'm Paul, and I used to ask, 'If you could hear me now with Verizon?' Not anymore," former pitchman Paul Marcarelli says... More »

Sprint, T-Mobile Chiefs Go at It on Twitter

A sample: 'I am so tired of your ... bullshit'

(Newser) - The claws are out in the telecom world: T-Mobile CEO John Legere—who the Wall Street Journal reports is not one to shy away from a dispute—took to Twitter this week to blast rival Sprint's new "All-In" service plan and ended up getting a rather feisty reply... More »

Sprint Unveils 'Starter' Phone for Kids

$10 a month device aimed at 5- to 12-year-olds

(Newser) - Is your kid ready for her first cell phone? Sprint's hoping so, and the company wants to be the first to put a device in your 5- to 12-year-old's pocket. Its offering: the WeGo, which Sprint it marketing as "Safe. Simple. Secure." The no-frills phone contains... More »

AT&T's 'Exciting' Experiment: Kill Town's Landline

What's happening in Carbon Hill, Ala., a sign of things to come nationwide

(Newser) - Some 40% of US households no longer use landline phones, and in an Alabama town, they could soon disappear entirely. In what the Wall Street Journal calls an "experiment," AT&T is looking to rid the town—as well as part of Delray Beach, Fla.—of landlines... More »

Feds: Sprint Overcharged Us for Wiretaps

Firm accused of bilking agencies for $21M upgrade

(Newser) - Telecommunications companies that assist government wiretappers are allowed to claim back "reasonable expenses"—but the federal government says Sprint Communications padded its bill to the tune of $21 million. In a lawsuit filed yesterday, the government accuses the firm of having "knowingly submitted false claims " to... More »

T-Mobile: Join and We'll Pay Your Termination Fees

New users can get up to $650 in credit

(Newser) - Wireless carriers know it can be a pricey headache to switch from one provider to another—and T-Mobile is hoping to get a leg up on its competitors by covering those costs, the New York Times reports. Engadget explains the process, for which customers of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint... More »

NSA Able to Decode Most Calls, Texts Worldwide

Washington Post unveils latest Snowden material

(Newser) - The NSA is capable of breaking the encryption used on most phone calls and text messages worldwide, the latest Edward Snowden leak shows, though it's not certain how often the agency actually does it. Under US law, the NSA can't eavesdrop on citizens' conversations without a court order.... More »

Verizon, AT&T Make a Pretty Penny Off Wiretaps

Government pays Verizon $500 a month to eavesdrop on a line

(Newser) - If you think your cellphone bill is bad, just be thankful you're not the snoops at the FBI or NSA. Tapping a single Verizon customer's phone costs the government $775 for the first month, and $500 for each month thereafter, while AT&T charges a $325 "activation... More »

Dish Offers Up $25.5B to Buy Sprint

...Even though SoftBank already has a deal to buy it

(Newser) - Dish Network wants to buy Sprint Nextel for $25.5 billion, the satellite TV company publicly declared today, in what the Wall Street Journal calls Dish's "most audacious attempt yet" to jump into the wireless business. The bid is unsolicited, which makes sense, given that Sprint already has... More »

Japan's SoftBank Snapping Up 70% of Sprint

$20.5B deal a record for Japan

(Newser) - Japanese telecom giant SoftBank has finalized a $20.1 billion deal to buy 70% of American wireless carrier Sprint, reports the AP . The deal announced in Tokyo today is the biggest-ever foreign takeover by a Japanese company and still needs to be approved by Sprint shareholders and American regulators. The... More »

T-Mobile, MetroPCS Agree to Merge

The move leaves Sprint in a tough spot

(Newser) - Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, has agreed to a merger with the smaller MetroPCS Communications, a move that inches the two struggling competitors closer to industry leaders Verizon and AT&T, reports Reuters . The company will retain the name T-Mobile, and Deutsche will hold 74% of the... More »

No Talking While Browsing on iPhone 5

Only AT&T allows for both simultaneously

(Newser) - Everyone is eager to get their mitts on an iPhone 5, but here are a couple of features the new smartphone won't have. On Verizon and Sprint models, users will be barred from talking on the phone and browsing the Web at the same time (although Sprint subscribers can... More »

Cell Coverage Brings Deadly Risk for Tower Climbers

50 workers died between 2003 and 2011

(Newser) - Next time someone is carping about spotty cell coverage, keep in mind this investigation by ProPublica and PBS' Frontline: Fifty tower climbers died in accidents between 2003 and 2011 as the industry raced to get everyone connected. A slew of factors contributes, from inadequate training, to shoddy equipment, to a... More »

iPhone Kills Carrier Profits

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint lose out by subsidizing Apple's cell phone

(Newser) - Apple's profits are soaring , but at the expense of cell phone carriers who subsidize iPhone sales. AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all pay about $600 for iPhones that they resell to customers for $200. The carriers figure they'll make up the loss with monthly cell phone bills—but... More »

Sprint Won't Profit on iPhone Until 2015

But hey, company is losing less money than it has in years

(Newser) - Sprint’s latest earnings reveal just how pricey its deal to get the iPhone was—and the numbers aren’t pretty. Spring is staring down a $2.2 billion cash shortfall next year, and will come up short by $5.2 billion the year after as it pays for the... More »

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Sell Out in 12 Hours

AT&T reports 200K orders, calls sales strong

(Newser) - The just-announced iPhone 4S may not be an iPhone 5 , but it is still another big hit for Apple, which sold out its pre-orders in just 12 hours, reports the International Business Times . AT&T alone reported more than 200,000 pre-orders, saying it was the most successful iPhone launch... More »

Sprint 'Betting the Company' on the iPhone

Carrier needs roster addition, but it's going to cost a fortune

(Newser) - Sprint may or may not be the exclusive carrier of the iPhone 5 until sometime in early 2012—but it’s betting massively that just adding Apple's beloved smartphone to its roster will be its salvation. Sprint has committed to buy 30.5 million iPhones over the next four... More »

Another Clue Puts iPhone 5 Arrival in Early October

Sprint won't allow vacations the first two weeks of month

(Newser) - Add this to the pile of speculation that the iPhone 5 arrival is only weeks away: Sprint has told its employees they can't take time off between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15, notes Mashable . A company memo obtained by SprintFeed cites the "possibility of a major phone launch.... More »

Sprint iPhone Said to Boast Unlimited Data

Company hopes that will differentiate it from competitors

(Newser) - Sprint will not only get the iPhone 5 next month, it will also be offering something its competitors aren’t: unlimited data. Or at least, that’s what sources are telling Bloomberg . Neither Sprint nor Apple will comment, as the Sprint iPhone deal hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. Further... More »

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