If Sprint and T-Mobile want regulators to approve their $26.5 billion merger, they're going to have to slim down. The carriers have already agreed to spin off Sprint's prepaid wireless service Boost Mobile, Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai said last month. According to Reuters, Boost may already have an unlikely interested buyer: Amazon. Boost, which became part of Sprint after the carrier's merger with Nextel in 2005, delivers its services over Sprint's network. Any new owner would be able to use the new T-Mobile network for six years, Reuters reports. It's also possible that Amazon, or another company, could acquire rights to some of the wireless spectrum now licensed by the FCC to Sprint or T-Mobile, or even some of the infrastructure owned by those two carriers. The Department of Justice is reportedly less pleased with the idea of a Sprint and T-Mobile tie-up than the FCC is, and might want the two companies to spin off other units in order to assure that there are … [Read more...] about What Amazon Might Want With Boost Mobile
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Boost Mobile is going to have to be sold off by Sprint, before the merger with T-Mobile can be approved by the Justice Department. And FreedomPop's CEO is advising a private equity group that is putting together a bid for Boost Mobile. This doesn't necessarily mean that it would be merged with FreedomPop, but it is possible. FreedomPop's CEO, Stephen Stokols, does believe that he would be asked to run the combined company. Stokols has also said that the private equity group (that has not been named), has valued the company at $4 billion. Other players are valuing the company at about $3 billion. But where Sprint has not really made public the amount of subscribers that Boost Mobile has, it's pretty tough to figure out how much the carrier might be worth. Analysts at Cowen have estimated that Boost Mobile has between seven and eight million customers. If spectrum is included in the deal, the carrier could be valued at $4.5 billion. Of course, that number also depends on a number of … [Read more...] about FreedomPop’s CEO Might Be Looking To Acquire Boost Mobile
5 features that really stand out and every smartphone should have While smartphone manufacturers try to differentiate their products, there are some features they need to be on the same page about. Read more: https://zd.net/2QupJns Vodafone plans to switch on its 5G network for businesses and consumers in seven UK cities in early July.The mobile network said Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London will have some 5G coverage by 3 July. The 5G network will cover limited areas initially, with 5G added to more sites across the cities as the year goes on.Vodafone said 5G coverage in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton will follow later this year. The company said it will price 5G at the same as 4G for both consumers and business customers. 5G promises smartphone users data speeds up to ten times faster than 4G and supports many more devices connecting … [Read more...] about 5G mobile: Our network will switch on in July, says Vodafone
Just hours before Verizon made its announcement today, the executive vice president of South Korea's largest carrier had something to reveal. SK Telecom will launch its 5G service this coming Friday, April 5th. With the U.S., South Korea, and China in a race to get their 5G networks up and running, it seems that Verizon wanted to beat SK Telecom to the punch. Why? Because the first country to offer widespread 5G networks will see its economy get a boost from new services and businesses generated by the faster data speeds. For example, 4G LTE speeds enabled companies like Uber, Lyft, Shipt, and Postmates to be born. 5G peaks at 1Gbps, and offers downloads up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE. Movies that take minutes to download on a phone using 4G will load up in the blink of an eye with 5G.AT&T was the first in the U.S. to launch its 5G mobile service, which is available by invitation only in 12 markets. Those using AT&T's 5G service must carry around the NetGear Nighthawk mobile … [Read more...] about Is this why Verizon activated its mobile 5G network a week early?
Facebook has for years explored ways to help improve mobile connectivity and bring more of the population in developed countries get online, ostensibly a humanitarian effort but more of a thinly veiled ploy to bring more people into its app ecosystem. That effort’s most visible projects have been Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, with its Free Basics and Express Wi-Fi offerings for fast-growing smartphone markets, and the discontinued Aquila project, which sought to fly large, solar-powered drones that could beam down internet much like Alphabet’s high-flying Loon helium balloons. But Facebook was working on another method in secret that involved much smaller, bird-sized fixed-wing aircraft that could be used to boost smartphone data speeds, according to a report today from Business Insider. The project, codenamed “Catalina” after an island off the Southern California coast notable for once using a carrier pigeon network, was discontinued about a year … [Read more...] about Facebook explored using a fleet of tiny, bird-sized drones to boost mobile internet speeds