More details and pictures have emerged today regarding the recently rumored HTC Ruby. It seems T-Mobile is gearing up to launch another powerhouse smartphone soon, wasting no time through this AT&T merger situation. We have new never before seen images as well as confirmation on a few of the specs we can expect to see come launch.
RadioShack has just begun clearing out T-Mobile Android phones under the guise of a "Back-to-School" sale. But we all know that it's really needing to clear out all T-Mobile inventory by September 15, when the floundering carrier will get kicked out to usher in Verizon in its place. So, if you've been wanting to pick up a T-Mobile Sidekick 4G or a G2X, now's the time.
At the start of the merger process, many people though that the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would be an easy thing. Some of the competitors weren't happy at all at the prospect, specifically a yellow firm that bet big on WiMax. This week the Department of Justice filed a complaint over the deal citing anti-trust concerns and the FCC has some serious misgivings about the merger as well. AT&T isn’t going to let its plans die that easily though.
As you may or may not know, for quite a few weeks now T-Mobile and AT&T have been in dealings leading to what they hope will be a merger between them - what we're seeing this week is that the Department of Justice here in the USA has filed a lawsuit that would block the merger in U.S. District Court. You can read all about the case from the AT&T side in a post from yesterday, then you can head below and see how T-Mobile feels about the situation via an internal e-mail sent by the CEO of the T-Mobile USA group to employees. What you'll find is similar sentiments to the AT&T crew, surprise at the lawsuit, vows to fight back, and a call to build on the positive momentum the T-Mo has reportedly built in the past few months.
AT&T may be working hard insisting that it's in users' best interest for the T-Mobile acquisition to go ahead, but it's a long way from convincing regulators. The Department of Justice has filed an antitrust complaint in an attempt to block the merger, Bloomberg reports, arguing that it would "substantially lessen competition" in the US wireless market. Meanwhile, the FCC has waded in as well, with chairman Julius Genachowski revealing that the agency also has "serious concerns" about the deal.
AT&T is now suing the law firms that have been seeking to block the $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Back in July, New York-based law firm Bursor & Fisher began a "Fight the Merger" campaign in which they encouraged AT&T customers to file arbitration cases against the carrier to challenge the merger. So far, the firm has already filed 26 arbitration demands and over 900 notices of dispute on behalf of AT&T customers.
AT&T has been trying to make its case for the $39 billion T-Mobile acquisition since it was first announced back in March. The carrier has been arguing that the T-Mobile purchase is necessary for it to most cost effectively expand its LTE network coverage to meet the demands of today's immense data needs. However, a partially-redacted document the carrier filed with the FCC was accidentally leaked and contained information that specifically derailed this argument.
AT&T's bid to buy Qualcomm's 700MHz spectrum will come under renewed attention, with the news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now intends to review both it and the carrier's intended acquisition of T-Mobile together. According to the FCC, "the best way to determine whether either or both of the proposed transactions serve the public interest is to consider them in a coordinated manner at this time" since it has "questions regarding AT&T's aggregation of spectrum throughout the nation, particularly in overlapping areas."
It's time for Virgin Mobile's "Sparah" to take on T-Mobile and AT&T in an advertisement that not only paints the stark white backgrounds of T-Mobile, AT&T, Apple, and etcetera commercials black, they take T-Mobile and AT&T's characters down with them. Sparah is the name of Virgin Mobile USA's summer 2011 marketing campaign, one in which two supposed complete strangers have been lifted from obscurity to be manufactured into a celebrity couple to promote Virgin Mobile - Spencer Falls and Sarah Carroll. Apparently they're very popular and everyone in the celebrity world hates them or loves them or some combination of the two - now they're coming down on T-Mobile and AT&T with some sweet video action.
The AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile is facing more opposition just days following Senate antitrust subcommittee chairman Herb Kohl's letter warning against the "substantial harm" that could come of the merger. Today, the New-York based law firm, Bursor & Fisher, have filed arbitration cases against the acquisition on behalf of 11 AT&T customers.