The FCC's review of Softbank's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel, as well as Sprint's bid to take control of Clearwire, is on track, according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
Crest Financial, a minority Clearwire shareholder, is not backing down from its bid to block Sprint Nextel's takeover of Clearwire. Crest said it hired proxy-solicitation firm D. F. King & Co., to help it oppose the deal.
In the next few years, there will be the beginning of a price war in the family shared data plan market between U.S. carriers. To stay ahead, we are likely to see the carriers embrace truly flexible and affordable shared data plans in the U.S for smartphones, tablets and next-gen connected devices alike.
Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch recently met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC commissioners to argue that regulators should approve their various deals, according to FCC filings.
AT&T Mobility announced new pricing options for business users on its shared data plans, giving enterprise customers access to larger buckets of data. The action is a response to similar pricing moves for business users by Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA.
Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop said it is launching a new service that will allow customers to roll over their unused data allotments from one month to the next for a $3.50 monthly fee.
Sprint Nextel is continuing its push to attract small business customers to its modernized networks, with its latest promotion promising deals on devices as well as credit for every wireless line switched from a competitor.
Regional carrier SouthernLinc struck an agreement with MVNE Prepaid Wireless Wholesale to add nationwide GSM and UMTS service to its iDEN network footprint, though it is unclear exactly which GSM network SouthernLinc will use for the effort.
Sprint Nextel expects to launch an all-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the second half of the year, according to an AllThingsD report. Meanwhile, takeover rumors once again swirled around BlackBerry after Lenovo's CEO said his firm might consider buying the company.
AT&T Mobility said starting tomorrow it will begin taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry's flagship smartphone. Separately, T-Mobile USA said it will start letting enterprise customer pre-order the device as well. The actions give more traction to BlackBerry's hopes for a U.S. comeback.