Xiaomi in talks with carriers to launch flagship smartphones in the US

Apparently, Apple lost significant market share in China to local smartphone markers, and things aren’t going to improve in the near future, quite the contrary. Huawei is reportedly negotiating with US carriers the launch of its newest flagship, the Mate 10 Pro.

Huawei’s high-end smartphone is likely to arrive in the United States at AT&T and Verizon, but only if talks end successfully for all part involved. The Mate 10 Pro is meant to compete with Samsung and Apple at the top-tier, which means fewer sales for these companies.

Now, rumor has it that Xiaomi …


With merger talks over for now, Sprint focuses on upgrading its network

Wait. Stop what you’re doing for a second and listen to that unusual sound. Know what its is? It is the sound of common sense returning to the mobile carrier business. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said today that there won’t be many carrier promotions involving the Apple iPhone X. Why? Because inventories of the device are low and demand is high, it wouldn’t make sense for U.S. carriers to give up some of its profit margins when it is not necessary to do so.

Claure says that promotional deals for the tenth anniversary model will be fewer and less aggressive than seen for the iPhone 7 last year. …

Inside the failed T-Mobile-Sprint talks

Yesterday, we told you that merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile had been called off for good, despite the strong possibility that such a deal would have created a financially sound carrier that could challenge Verizon and AT&T. So what happened to the deal that turned what many considered a sure thing, into just another failed attempt to merge the numbers 3 and 4 stateside carriers?

According to the Wall Street Journal, blame for the failure to combine T-Mobile and Sprint should be placed on SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son. The executive had it in his mind that he …

It's official: T-Mobile-Sprint merger talks are over

The other day, Sprint majority owner SoftBank had decided to end merger talks with T-Mobile and its majority owner Deutsche Telekom over which side would have majority control of the combined firm. But T-Mobile lobbed in a last minute counter offer and there was hope again that a deal could be salvaged. Instead, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said today in a joint statement with T-Mobile, that even though no deal was reached, both Sprint and T-Mobile see the benefits to a combination of the two wireless operators. Nonetheless, Claure said that “we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own.”

Consumers …

Report: SoftBank calls off Sprint-T-Mobile merger talks

A report out of Japan this morning states that SoftBank, majority owner of Sprint, has called off talks that were being held to merge Sprint and T-Mobile. Last week, there was word that both U.S. based carriers and their respective corporate parents (Deutsche Telekom is the majority owner of T-Mobile) had worked out the broad outline of a transaction which would have left Deutsche Telekom as the majority owner of the combined company. T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere was apparently set to run the wireless operator that would rise from the merger of the third and fourth largest U.S. carriers.  …

Sprint, T-Mobile said to be in "active" merger talks

The oft-rumored T-Mobile-Sprint merger rumors restarted today with word that both carriers are in “active” talks. Shares of T-Mobile are currently up over 5% on the day to $65.05, while Sprint’s stock is up 7.5% to $8.26. CNBC reported today that Sprint parent SoftBank and T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom have been engaged in talks about a deal involving a stock swap that would allow Deutsche Telekom to be the majority owner of the combined company.

According to those rumored to be close to the action, negotiations are ongoing and a final deal-if indeed there is one-is still weeks …

BlackBerry in talks to license its version of Android called "BlackBerry Secure"

According to a report published today, BlackBerry has started the second phase of its licensing strategy. The first part was to sign licensing deals that allow other companies like TCL to design, produce, deliver and promote BlackBerry handsets. Under this plan, BlackBerry provides the software for phones like the DTEK60 and the BlackBerry KEYone while TCL handles the hardware.

The second phase also involves licensing. BlackBerry is in talks with global smartphone manufacturers to provide them with its secure version of the Android OS. The software is called BlackBerry Secure, which comes …

Rumor: Apple and Comcast in talks to stream first run movies to paying subscribers

The latest rumor circulating near the popcorn stand at your local theater (where a box of Jujubes and a Coke will cost you $50) is that Apple and Comcast are teaming up to offer a service that would allow both firms to stream first run movies to customers. And by first run, we mean that these are films that are still playing in theaters. Apple and Comcast are said to be in talks with major Hollywood studios about this plan.

According to the speculation, movies that would qualify for first run streaming would be those that have already been in theaters for two weeks. And while this might …

Sprint still in talks with Comcast and Charter; carrier plans to open 73 new stores

Yesterday, the exclusivity period that Comcast and Charter had with Sprint to work out a partnership or investment, expired. That means that the more logical talks with T-Mobile can continue. With Sprint’s high-frequency spectrum and T-Mobile’s low-frequency airwaves, the combination of the nation’s third and fourth largest wireless operators sounds like a match made in cellular heaven.

Despite the end of the two-month exclusivity period, sources who are familiar with the talks told Reuters that both Comcast and Charter are still in the middle of discussions with Sprint. The cable companies …

Tesla in talks to start its own music streaming service

Much to the bemusement of Tesla owners, music streamers, and everyone, really, Tesla has reportedly engaged in talks with music labels in hopes to start a music streaming service of its own.

Music industry insiders have said that Tesla has approached every major label with the expressed purpose of licensing a proprietary music streaming service to be integrated into their vehicles. Insiders have also indicated that a tiered service model would be employed – the lowest tier being a Pandora-esque web radio option. Beyond this, music labels are unsure …