Deutsche Telekom was planning to submit a new bid dealing with the MetroPCS and T-Mobile merger and it looks like that has not only been done, but also detailed. This will not change the earlier bit about the MetroPCS shareholder meeting having been pushed back to later in April, however we now know what this new bid includes. Coming by way of Deutsche Telekom, here are the details of what they are describing as the "best and final offer."
Deutsche Telekom was considering a improved bid to help save the MetroPCS and T-Mobile merger and today has word of a delay. The delay is not on the part of Deutsche Telekom, but instead as a result of MetroPCS delaying the special stockholder meeting. That meeting was originally scheduled to take place on April 12, but has been bumped to later in the month.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS. We have already seen all the necessary regulatory approvals which means that the Department of Justice, FCC and the Committee on Foreign Investment have all given the thumbs up. In fact, aside from a statement from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), we have seen very little in terms of opposition.
T-Mobile seems to have attracted a fair bit of attention following their recent UNcarrier announcement. This event happened a short while back and basically, saw the carrier move away from the standard two-year agreement pricing structure. The interesting part here, it seems foot traffic in T-Mobile retail stores has been on the rise.
Straight Talk do not have to worry about having their data access turned off at 1.5GB. Straight Talk seems to be attacking these rumors head on and have recently stated rather simply that they "are not cutting off data at 1.5GB on Straight Talk." The key here sounds like it is in the name though.
HTC One page on the T-Mobile website hasn't shown anything new for some time now. In fact, it seems to be showing less these days. Gone are the pre-orders and gone is the mention of getting a $100 credit for participating in the HTC One trade-up program. While we had known the AT&T and Developer Edition of the HTC One was set to begin shipping on April 19 -- we now have a date for T-Mobile.
T-Mobile appears to be under fire from another carrier. In this case, we are talking Virgin Mobile and the newly launched campaign promising a $100 credit for those who make the switch. Similar to what we have recently been seeing from T-Mobile in regards to the total cost of ownership over two-years, Virgin Mobile has offered a comparison using the Galaxy S II as an example.
T-Mobile recently had their UNcarrier event which brought the official unveiling of the new plans. These are dubbed the Simple Choice plans and while the are already available with the carrier, they will not be coming to all third-party retailers just yet. We have yet to see a complete breakdown from T-Mobile on when this can be expected, however we do know that they will not be available with Best Buy for a while.
Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II back in February. The good news as of today, that update is now available for those with T-Mobile. The carrier has detailed the update process and two things stand out as needing to be known -- the update is large and it is not available over-the-air.
T-Mobile to release a relatively new Sony smartphone. That handset is the Sony Xperia Z and according to the details that have been shared up until now, the handset is currently in a testing period with T-Mobile. The key here, the handset is being tested and that bit alone means it may never show up for sale.