Naturally competitors of AT&T and T-mobile have been extremely vocal with regards to AT&T’s acquisition of T-mobile. With the acquisition of T-mobile there would be one less competitor standing in AT&T’s way but what are the ramifications of such an acquisition?
On the plus side with this acquisition not only will AT&T have access to more resources but they will also be able to provide greater coverage area and provide high speed mobile access to rural areas. Some have claimed that this acquisition will spell the end for Sprint mobile.
Senator Amy Klobuchar wrote in a letter to the CEO’s of AT&T and T-mobile “Wireless phones are increasingly becoming the sole means of telephone communication in this country, so it’s vital that competition in that industry remain robust,” and that “AT&T and T-Mobile ought to be forthright and transparent with their customers about the potential effects the merger might have on prices and the quality of service.”
Speaking from the grass-roots level how would AT&T’s acquisition affect you as a customer? The risk of a duopoly is there but if you were an AT&T and T-mobile customer how would you feel about your carrier being able to have better coverage? Either way a press conference call will be held to discuss said ramifications.
WHAT: Media Briefing on competition and consumer rights in lieu of the proposed AT&T takeover of T-Mobile
WHEN: Tuesday, May 10th at 2 PM EST
WHO: Ed Black, President, Computer & Communications Industry Association
Andrew Schwartzman, President and CEO, Media Access Project
Gigi Sohn, President and Co-Founder, Public Knowledge
Steve Berry, President and CEO, Rural Cellular Association
AT&T Offers ZTE Zmax 2
Now here is a handset from the folks over at ZTE which intends to provide a sense of continuity, although this time around you will not be able to pick up the Zmax 2 from T-Mobile, as ZTE has decided on AT&T to be their US partner and mobile carrier for their latest phone. In fact, this device falls under the mid-range segment of things, where it will just cost $149.99 unlocked, now how about that for affordability?
That kind of pricing would see you end up with a 5.5” 720p touchscreen display, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE connectivity, Dolby Digital Plus Audio, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop as the mobile operating system of choice. [Press Release]
ASUS Zenfone 2E Becomes AT&T Exclusive
You can be forgiven for being confused about ASUS’ Zenfone 2 range to date, and here is yet another model that will add to the brouhaha. I am referring to the ASUS Zenfone 2E, where it has just been announced to be an AT&T exclusive, where you can pick one up for just $119.99 without any contract, and it is also offered by the carrier’s GoPhone prepaid brand.
At that price point, you would get a 5” 720p IPS touchscreen display in return, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 2,500 mAh battery, a dual-core Intel processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 5.0 Lollipop running underneath Asus’ own ZenUI. Opt from either black or white shades.
AT&T To Deliver LG Watch Urbane In Silver
If you have been hankering after the LG Watch Urbane for the longest time, while being an AT&T subscriber, then here is good news for you. This particular timepiece can be picked up for $349 a pop from AT&T, where it will arrive in a shade of silver to boot. This timepiece will run on Android Wear and is compatible with any smartphone that has Android 4.3 or higher as the mobile operating system of choice.
It is best to use the LG Watch Urbane within the confines of a Wi-Fi network all the time, along with your smartphone, so that you can keep track of notifications, send messages and make use of your Android Wear compatible apps at all times. Sporting a 1.3” circle P-OLED display, the Watch Urbane comes with replaceable 22mm stitched leather straps for more flexible fashion choices, while the integrated PPG Sensor (average pace, speed, heart rate, and distance) ought to keep fitness buffs happy, with a 410 mAh (non-removable) battery that has an all-day battery life. [Press Release]