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SoftBank reportedly in “advanced” Sprint $12.8bn acquisition talks

SoftBank reportedly in “advanced” Sprint $12.8bn acquisition talks

Japanese carrier SoftBank is "in advanced talks" to acquire Sprint, insiders claim, with a deal worth potentially $12.81bn apparently on the table. Full details of the negotiations have not been leaked, though the deal would undoubtedly represent a significant risk for SoftBank, the WSJ reports. The carrier currently holds the number three spot in the Japanese network leagues, though revealed a deal to acquire smaller rival eAccess for $1.84bn earlier in October.

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T-Mobile MetroPCS deal faces Sprint counter-offer threat

T-Mobile MetroPCS deal faces Sprint counter-offer threat

MetroPCS could be the target of a bidding war, with wireless industry whispers that Deutsche Telekom's bid to merge the carrier with T-Mobile USA may face a challenge from another US network. Although the agreement with Deutsche Telekom has already been announced as in incipient merger, a trio of sources speaking to Bloomberg claim ailing rival Sprint is weighing a counter-bid that could be submitted as early as next week.

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4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot shares LTE, WiMAX and 3G

4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot shares LTE, WiMAX and 3G

Sierra Wireless has revealed the first triple-mode LTE, WiMAX and 3G mobile hotspot, the 4G LTE Tri-Fi, set to hit the Now Network later this month. Promising up to eight hours of active battery life and sharing for up to eight devices over WiFi b/g/n connections, the 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot also has a microSD card slot for working as a portable NAS using DLNA for easy access.

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Apple job ad hints at telephony service

Apple job ad hints at telephony service

Apple is looking for people who are good at telephony software. Maybe too good. In fact, some are suggesting that perhaps Apple is planning on launching its own mobile voice and data infrastructure, thus eliminating the need to sell iPhones through Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T and potentially flip the mobile carrier market completely on its head. All this from a couple job postings. But when it comes to Apple, we expect grand speculation based on small evidence.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus will hit Sprint April 15 says rumor

Samsung Galaxy Nexus will hit Sprint April 15 says rumor

The latest entry in what is the closest to being "the official" Android product line will be available on a new carrier less than a month from now. That is to say, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone, which Google had an active hand in developing, will be losing its Verizon exclusivity and moving to the Sprint network on April 15, complete with the ability to connect to the new carrier's 4G LTE infrastructure.

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LightSquared puts on brave face as carriers abandon ship

LightSquared puts on brave face as carriers abandon ship

LightSquared's yanked Sprint deal has been confirmed, with the carrier announcing that it would indeed be returning $65m in prepayments and tearing up the fifteen year spectrum hosting agreement after the FCC blocked LTE roll-out plans. Rumored earlier today, the break-up leaves LightSquared without a significant backer as it faces continued regulatory opposition over concerns that its 4G broadband plans could interfere with GPS service. However, LightSquared argues that the news actually works in its favor.

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LightSquared loses carrier backing as LTE FCC defense prepared

LightSquared loses carrier backing as LTE FCC defense prepared

Beleaguered would-be LTE provider LightSquared faces another imminent set-back, insiders claim, with another high-profile investor supposedly set to cancel a contract after the FCC roadblocked network rollout. LightSquared will get $65m back in prepayments, the WSJ's sources say, when Sprint announces it is tearing up its agreement, with the decision expected to be made public today.

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Sprint’s possible MetroPCS buyout is off the table

Sprint’s possible MetroPCS buyout is off the table

Sprint had been discussing the possibility of buying out rival low-cost carrier MetroPCS for a whopping $8 billion, but those talks have come to an end and no deal will be made, according to a Business Week report. The deal was shut down not by MetroPCS, but internally by Sprint. The company's board of directors reportedly rejected it before any serious back-and-forth between the carriers began.

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AT&T takes top spot in mobile customer service

AT&T takes top spot in mobile customer service

AT&T has managed to beat out all its rivals in the latest mobile phone customer service survey conducted by Vocalabs, despite being ranked worst by Consumer Reports. According to data collected from the firm's survey, which involved telephone interviews immediately following a customer service call during the last three-month period in 2011, AT&T had the highest percentage of customer satisfaction among the four major US wireless carriers.

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