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December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Japanese parent company, SoftBank Corp., is reportedly close to acquiring rival T-Mobile from German communications company Deutsche Telekom in a deal that is expected to be worth more than $19 billion. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint was interested in T-Mobile, but Japan's Nikkei news service said Tuesday that SoftBank had entered final stages of talks with Deutsche Telekom about the deal, according to Reuters . SoftBank, which acquired 80% of Sprint this year, is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile to create a third wireless power that could compete with Verizon and AT&T, the top two carriers in the U.S. PHOTOS: Top smartphone apps to find last-minute deals on gifts SoftBank is exploring different ways to make the deal happen -- such as by paying with shares of Sprint or borrowing from banks -- but Deutsche Telekom would prefer a cash a deal, Nikkei reported, citing unnamed sources.
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BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile is hoping to lure users to its GoSmart Mobile pre-paid brand by offering them unlimited access to Facebook for as low as $25 per month. The Seattle retailer Monday announced that all GoSmart Mobile users wil be able to access Facebook.com, the Facebook mobile app and the Facebook Messenger app as much as they want starting in January, even if they don't pay for a mobile data plan. T-Mobile teamed up with Facebook to offer GoSmart Mobile customers the new feature. The social network has previously done this kind of deal with carriers in other countries, but GoSmart Mobile is the first to provide this feature in the U.S. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 GoSmart Mobile plans start at $25 for unlimited talk.
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December 13, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Sprint Nextel Corp. is reportedly working on a bid for T-Mobile in a deal that could combine the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers. Sprint could make a bid for its rival in the first half of next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The paper said a deal could be worth more than $20 billion. A bid probably would face regulatory hurdles, as a merger would further consolidate an industry ruled by a small handful of wireless giants.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile is hoping to attract consumers interested in Apple's latest tablets by offering them free monthly data. A day after Apple's announcement of the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, T-Mobile said it will give users with tablets capable of connecting to cellular networks 200 MB of free data, starting Nov. 1. If users run out of the 200 MB of free data, T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere said there wouldn't be overages....
BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A tweet by T-Mobile's chief executive may be a clue for what to expect from Apple's media event next week. John Legere, the head of the Seattle-based carrier, sent a tweet on Wednesday expressing his excitement for the event. "What has two thumbs and is excited for October 22? #thisguy," Legere tweeted . The tweet is notable because Apple's event is expected to focus on the company's iPad tablets. The tech giant sells Wi-Fi-only iPads as well as those that can be connected to a cellular service such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile has begun notifying existing customers with a grandfathered plan that they can no longer keep it and must move to a new one. The Seattle wireless carrier had allowed some customers to keep their service plans even after it stopped offering them. T-Mobile said it is now retiring those plans permanently. The move came to light recently when one T-Mobile customer posted a letter the company sent to the customer about the upcoming change. "With this plan you may pay more for your service, but you'll continue to enjoy access to the latest smartphones, and T-Mobile's advanced nationwide 4G network with LTE, rolling out in 2013," the letter says .  REVIEW: Galaxy Gear is fun, cool but not worth buying just yet [Video]
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October 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile announced its customers now get unlimited data and texting when they travel abroad. The Seattle carrier will also let users make calls while abroad for $0.20 per minute. And all of this is bundled into the company's base Simple Choice plan, which costs $50 per month. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 How does T-Mobile's new plan stack up against rivals AT&T, Verizon and Sprint? Here's what we've found. AT&T If you're traveling with AT&T, you'll have to pay extra on top of your service plan to get texting, data and voice.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Finding the coveted gold iPhone 5s just got a little easier. Since the shiny Apple gadget went on sale last month, the golden iPhone 5s has been in short supply, due to its popularity and supply constraints. Many stores sold out of the phone as soon as it was released and there is a long wait if the device was ordered online. But software developer Mordy Tikotzky has built a simple-to-use website that quickly tells shoppers how many gold iPhone 5s devices are available at Apple Stores near them.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's getting only tougher for struggling BlackBerry as T-Mobile, one of the top U.S. carriers, said it will no longer sell the Canadian smartphones in its stores. The only customers who are still interested in purchasing BlackBerry are business professionals, and they do not buy their devices in stores, said David Carey, T-Mobile's executive vice president for corporate services, according to a Reuters report. "Keeping stock in the retail distribution system was inefficient," Carey told Reuters.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New iPhones are on their way, but should you get one? For more than half a decade Apple has been building amazing smartphones, but in the last couple of years, its rivals have caught up. The iPhone is still a great device, but it's no longer the unquestioned champion that it once was. Nowadays, most smartphones can pretty much do the same things -- you really have to look hard to find a phone with a major flaw. So to stand out, companies are giving their devices signature features, such as longer battery life or amazing cameras.
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