It’s been a while since we had any tech news reported on the site, but this is some MAJOR, major news here.
AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. The deal was first reported to be for $39 billion. But now we have the numbers according to TmoNews, who have gotten their hands on the official press release from Deutsche Telekom regarding the deal.
The $39 billion that Deutsche Telekom is set to receive has been broken up into cash and stock. $25 billion in cash and $14 billion in stock. This will give them an 8% stake in AT&T.
Now this whole thing needs to get ironed out and it may take up to 12 months for this to become complete. But still, crazy news.
A lot of questions to be asked here as for the future of wireless networks in the US.
Will the two companies remain separate? Will there be a T-Mo iPhone? Will Verizon try to make a move to acquire Sprint?
As we can see the social networking is taking an all time hype on smart phones and multimedia phones capable of internet access. Now what’s scarry is that major corporations like AT&T and Verizon are planning on charging for these services. Let’s see where this will end up, but from the social network boom it seems like this may be pushed.
Many know that Skype is becoming a big deal with the social networking era, and many people want to get into the in with new technology. Now Verizon users where just about the only Android devices able to run and use Skype, but now in the market it is available for all devices running 2.1 or higher. If interested in the Skype Hype for Android visit the site here.
Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G)* to other Skype users anywhere in the world using Skype’s SILK codec for CD-like audio quality.
Make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones
Send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype
Synchronize contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype calls directly from the native address book.
See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat
Easily import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book
Receive calls on their Skype online number
Being that this world is full of social networking sites, it seems that Facebook and Skype are trying to bring down their competition by doing a merger. A while back Google came with its own Google Voice, now Facebook/Skype are luring into merging their services so people can have multiple ways of communicating with each other. Now I know that the majority of people use Facebook, and Skype not to many people have but want. I started into the Skype trend and it seems ok, when most friends don’t want to be on Facebook chat to avoid a few friends. It will be an interesting merger to see how this all plays out. Skype is set to launch its 5.0 update in October and then we will see if this merger occurs and is successful, or it will go downhill like when Google attempted Buzz and was shot down by Twitter and Facebook.
R2D2 will be hitting stores this Thursday with the price of $249 with $100 mail in rebate. Now this is only $50 more, but it comes with its own custom docking station and a few other goodies pre-loaded into the phone. Verizon will only have this machine for a limited time offer, so all you Star Wars fans save up for this once in a lifetime R2D2 phone. Continue reading
On 9/16, when school started getting busy for me and I went MIA for a while, Verizon leaked out a possible 4G LTE coming this Fall. Now the all time favorite American sport for Fall (football) is underway and we are anxious to see who will be in this years Super Bowl. When this happened Verizon leaked that 4G LTE will be launched to 30 football cities. Continue reading
Verizon has many new customers joining the Smartphone community, and their are a few apps out in the market where it can locate your phone like Android’s Where’s My Droid. Now Where’s My Droid is an all general app for any Android phone, but Verizon’s app is linked with the insurance company Asurion and its TEC.