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All posts tagged "merger"


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Won't Get Fooled Again...

Posted by Todd Allcock in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 01:30 PM

Last month, AT&T filed a statement with the Federal Communications Commission "supporting its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA and responding to critics. The filing demonstrates the overarching imperative that drives this transaction: giving AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers the network capacity they need to enjoy the full promise of the mobile broadband revolution."

I don't doubt for a moment that an acquisition of T-Mobile would help AT&T increase capacity. I'm just not certain it's the only way to do it, or the best way for consumers. To hear AT&T tell it, providing expansive LTE services without this merger will be difficult, if not impossible. Read more...


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Microsoft to Purchase Nokia? No Good Reason According to Nokia CEO Elop

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 PM

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/...E72H0QC20110318

"Work has begun on the first Nokia smartphones based on Microsoft software following the partnership announced by the companies last month, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop told Reuters. Elop was recruited last year to rescue Nokia from increasing irrelevance at the high end of the market, and is under huge pressure to produce results from the partnership. Elop, who left a Microsoft executive post to join Nokia last September, also said he could see no good reason for the speculation that Microsoft might try to buy Nokia."

Elop went on to state that the partnership between the companies already gives Microsoft all it needs from Nokia. And if Microsoft purchased Nokia, they would open themselves up to unwanted anti-trust investigations, without an added benefit to make it worth the trouble.

He also went on to state that because of the partnership, Nokia is already able to start work on Windows Phone devices. While if there was an acquisition, such a swift start would not be possible.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Should Microsoft buy Nokia?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/micr...-phones-2010-12

"Fine. Then Microsoft should buy its way onto Nokia phones, either through an outright acquisition of the company, or through a major strategic investment along the lines of its 2007 investment into Facebook, which has paid off handsomely."

An interesting article by Matt Rosoff over at the Business Insider website postulates that now might be a great time for Microsoft to buy Nokia. Odd bedfellows? Certainly, but Matt makes an interesting set of points including the notion that Microsoft just cannot make enough money off mobile software operating system sales to make the finances work in the long term, Nokia has a huge marketshare for mobile handsets, the two companies have been cooperating on enterprise mobility for years, and Microsoft has cash on hand to do it. There's more to his logic, and it makes for an interesting read. I like one of his final points, and it's worth contemplating: will these two companies slide toward irrelevance if they don't merge? Intriguing idea. Hit the Read link and let us know your thoughts.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Handmark Spins Off Astraware After Only Two Years of Togetherness

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:47 PM

"Handmark, the world's leading developer and distributor of mobile applications and services, today announced it has spun off its mobile games studio, Astraware, as the company streamlines its business to focus on other strategic areas of mobile development and support. Astraware returns to the management of Howard Tomlinson and David Oakley, two of the original founders, and will remain a Handmark preferred partner. Handmark will continue to support Astraware on a variety of distribution and promotional opportunities."

Back in January 2008, Handmark acquired prolific mobile device games-maker Astraware. Now, a bit over two years later, Astraware is back to being an independent studio. The press release (which isn't posted online yet) doesn't say why the two are splitting up - two years isn't very long in the world of blending two companies together - but perhaps the acquisition was made in haste...


Saturday, June 7, 2008

Verizon Purchases Alltel and Becomes Largest US Wireless Provider

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC News" @ 02:15 PM

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=3078

"Verizon Wireless has agreed to acquire Alltel from the private equity firms that currently own the nation's fifth-largest national wireless provider. Verizon Wireless will acquire Alltel's assets, including 13 million customers and coverage in 57 markets where it has no presence, as well as Alltel's debt. The merged companies will surpass AT&T's 71 million customers to become the nation's largest provider of wireless goods and services with 80 million customers. The move will greatly expand the regions where Alltel's customers can roam without incurring fees, and also gives Verizon's customers greater freedoms in the rural markets where Verizon previously had no coverage. The merger should be completed by the end of 2008, depending on the required regulatory approvals."



I have used Verizon's network for several years. One of it's real strengths when I travel, is coverage in major cities. However, when I visit family in more rural locations, the coverage can be pretty poor, or even non-existent. Hopefully the merger with Alltel will provide greater saturation for the combined company. As always, your mileage may vary, especially since Alltel seems to have a reputation for very "hopeful" coverage area maps. According to a BetaNews story, one natural fit between the two companies, besides the CMDA standard, is that both are already working on LTE "fourth generation services".


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sprint/Nextel Ready To Break Up? T-Mobile To Buy Sprint?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-99...l?tag=nefd.lede

"Reports wafting over the Atlantic Ocean suggest that Deutsche Telekom -- parent company of T-Mobile USA -- is considering Sprint Nextel as a take-over target. And why not? Sprint's share price is below $10, and the euro continues to dominate the dollar. Sprint's spectrum alone is worth it. That would make T-Mobile + Sprint the largest wireless operator in the United States. But could it work without falling to pieces?"


There is further speculation that Sprint is ready to ditch Nextel, the "push to talk" provider it purchased in 2005, which could make Sprint an even sweeter target for a T-Mobile buyout as Nextel's value and subscriber base has been on a steady decline since 2005. The big question is, if it happens, is how do you meld the two networks based on different technologies, T-Mobile being GSM and Sprint being CDMA. In order for the deal to make long term sense, there would have to be one surviving network.


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