WSJ: T-Mobile and Sprint restart preliminary merger talks

Once again, America’s favorite two love birds are talking marriage five months after their seemingly inevitable trip to the altar was halted. We are talking about T-Mobile and Sprint. The third and fourth largest U.S. carriers, respectively, have been discussing a merger several times over the last few years. Previous attempts to combine the two had been shot down by regulators (back in 2014), and the most recent attempt failed when both firms couldn’t agree on the terms of a deal. After talks were officially ended in November of last year, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that despite the inability …


Huawei in talks to develop handset for cryptocurrencies that will run Blockchain applications?

Huawei is reportedly looking to work out a deal with Sirin Labs to license its SIRIN OS for use in a new phone that would focus on cryptocurrencies. According to two sources cited by Bloomberg, the phone will be able to run Blockchain-based applications. Blockchain is a digital ledger used to record cryptocurrency transactions chronologically. The Blockchain is not stored in one specific location, making it nearly impossible for hackers to corrupt. It was first created for Bitcoin, the most well known cryptocurrency at the moment.

According to reports, Huawei’s phone would also run …

"Our Live Photos are better!" Google talks behind the scenes on Motion Photos — stabilization secrets revealed

Ever since its own Pixel phones hit the market, it has been obvious that Google is hard at work on its cameras. With an amazing HDR+ feature, which works unlike anything the competition has, the Pixel phones are capable of making sharp, detailed, vivid, balanced, and stable photos without much effort on the side of the user.

With the Pixel 2, Google upped the ante and introduced Motion Photo. Yeah, it’s like Apple’s Live Photo — when you take a picture, the camera will also save a 3-second video recording, showing what happened before and immediately after you pressed …

Report: Apple in talks to source memory chips from China

Up until now, no Chinese company has manufactured memory chips. This is about to change, according to a report published today by Japan’s Nikkei news agency.  A company called Yangtze Memory is scheduled to start producing NAND flash chips sometime this year, and Apple is reportedly in talks with the company to provide the chips for the Apple iPhone. While the chips could be available to Apple as soon as 2019, Yangtze might not be able to produce enough product to satisfy Apple’s needs until 2020.

Currently, Apple buys NAND flash chips from companies such as Toshiba, Western Digital, …

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 …