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Bellevue, Wash. – The proposed merger of T-Mobile and regional no-contract carrier MetroPCS received its final U.S. government approval, clearing the way for an April 12 vote by MetroPCS stockholders.
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Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile, hoping to propel itself out of its fourth-place subscriber-base rank among national carriers, plans next Tuesday to outline a new marketing strategy and details of its long-awaited 4G LTE launch.
Last December, the carrier said it would end cellphone subsidies in 2013 and hinted at eliminating contracts on all cellphone plans.
The carrier had already gone part way in adopting those strategies, having in mid-2011 created optional Value voice and data plans, which eliminate handset subsidies but still have two-year contracts.
Bonn, Germany — The proposed merger between T-Mobile and regional no-contract carrier MetroPCS cleared one hurdle when the U.S. Department of Justice let expire a deadline for objecting under U.S. antitrust law, Dow Jones Newswire reported.
The development was revealed in a statement by T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom.
The merger must still get the approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the federal Committee on Foreign Investment, and MetroPCS shareholders, who will vote April 12 on the matter.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile USA ended the year with its first full-year subscriber-base gain since 2009 but with a deeper net loss.
In the fourth quarter, the carrier posted net income before taxes of $70 million, but its full-year net loss deepened to $7 billion compared with a year-ago loss of $4.9 billion.
The full-year net loss is attributable, however, to a third-quarter one-time $8.1 billion good-will impairment charge triggered by the planned merger of MetroPCS and T-Mobile.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile hopes its launch of an iPhone sometime next year will help it rebuild its shrunken subscriber base, but the nation’s No. 4 carrier also wants to reduce the cost of acquiring more subscribers by ending the practice of subsidizing all phones.
T-Mobile would become the first national carrier to end the practice of subsidizing the consumer’s cost of a phone in return for a two-year subscription contract.
Bonn, Germany — T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013, T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom announced.
T-Mobile, which is losing subscribers, is the only national carrier not offering the iPhone or iPad.
Deutsche Telekom didn’t say whether an iPhone or an iPad would be offered, but details of the agreement with Apple might be forthcoming today at Deutsche Telekom’s annual investors’ conference.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile USA’s subscriber base grew by 160,000 in the third quarter, reversing a second-quarter decline of 205,000, despite continuing sharp losses in the number of branded postpaid subscribers.
A loss of 492,000 branded-postpaid subscribers was offset by a 365,000 gain in the number of less profitable branded prepaid subscribers and a 287,000 gain in less profitable wholesale (MVNO and M to M) subscribers.
With the gains, the carrier’s subscriber base grew to 33.3 million, but that was still down from the year-ago 33.7 million.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile unveiled pricing and availability dates for several smartphones and tablets that it said it would offer in the coming weeks.
The announcements include expected Nov. 14 availability of Samsung’s cellular-equipped Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and expected Nov. 14 availability of T-Mobile’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 810 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC.
T-Mobile also announced pricing on a locked version of Google’s new LG-made Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4 with Android 4.2 OS.
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