First, let’s get one thing noted. I am biased towards this instance. I personally feel this will be one of the worst things that will happen, and to make matters worst, I don’t think there is any stopping this. Next, I am not an insider. I don’t know any of the back door agreements, and for the most part will be as much in the dark as any other common person. Last, I am not an analyst. To be exact, I am disabled, and live offer of an amount that is below the poverty rate. I am telling this so no one panics and takes my predictions as law, and written in stone. However, on a more personal note, I have a nasty habit of being right a lot of times, and I personally wish I was wrong more often. Just because I say something that is right, doesn’t always means it is beneficial for everyone.
So, with all of this aside, and me trying to keep my animosity towards AT&T in check, I will try to rely on just facts. On March 20, 2011 – AT&T made it known they were buying T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion in cash and stock from Deutsche Telekom. This only affects the T-Mobile company in the United States. Any European Entity of T-Mobile are not affected just as Virgin Mobile in Europe weren’t affected when Sprint bought Virgin Mobile USA. The reason this sale didn’t go through immediately is that it has to be approved by regulatory such as the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. They normally do not have to get involved with every transaction that takes place, but such a purchase will do a few things.
- Allow a company to have public spectrum that was not normally negotiated to them on a national scale.
- Reduce the number of national carriers that are in the United States
- Make sure that AT&T will not have monopolistic power over the Cellular Industry within the US
- Make sure that the purchase was legal according to the laws in the United States.
Continue reading So, you will be conquered by AT&T, now what?
First, let’s read the title. Revolts and natural disasters are obviously worse, and where people are dying, starving, and suffering, this is not much of anything big. So, please read before you send hate mail. Yesterday, Several of tech blogs and eventually T-Mobile confirmed that AT&T has decided to buy T-Mobile for $39 Billion. The merger unless US Regulatory intervenes will take place completely in about a year. Now, there were weak rumors that Sprint would have bought T-Mobile, but never really seen that. And the reason for rumors to begin with, is Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile) was putting it for sale since it was loosing money.
So, what does this mean for Deutsche Telekom. Well, first they get to take home $39 Billion and some stock in the new AT&T. They can take home stock shares that will give them profits without having to deal with a coverage area bigger than the remainder of the coverage they control combined. In addition, they get to take $39 Billion to build their European Market, and make the US customer wish even more so of the great coverage and rates in Europe.
Continue reading AT&T + T-Mobile = 1 of the worst tech news of 2011
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The FCC has approved the acquisition of NBC with Comcast. And while there are conditions in the acquisition that will be beneficial, I am reluctant in putting my stamp of approval on it just yet. There are a number of reasons of why as well. First, NBC is a part of Universal Studios which is a major movie production company. Next, NBC is a major holder of Hulu, and while that has to be absolved as a condition, that is not the right way. And then there is Comcast’s we screw everything up policies they seem to have (at least with my experience with them).
So, with the acquisition of NBC, this could mean that movies produced by Universal studios will be less likely to go to competitors such as Netflix, or now Hulu. Imagine being a Time Warner customer, and not getting that latest hit summer movie from Universal on Time Warner Pay Per View just because Comcast wants to make sure that Comcast customers get their fill first. Keep in mind that in 99.99% of the US, there is only one cable provider, so they really don’t even compete. In addition, imagine Netflix, nor Hulu getting any of this content simply because Comcast doesn’t want it. Yes, there are shows on Hulu from Comcast owned networks, but this is not the full allotment, as that will compete with their flagship service (cable television). Continue reading Comcast + NBC = OMG
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Yes, it is final. Google is buying Gizmo for its VOIP capabilities. This in itself I don’t see changing the VOIP market, but it could do a lot for Google’s services. Gizmo is the biggest competitor to Skype providing clients for PCs to do Gizmo to Gizmo calls, as well as support most VOIP services in calls. Such calls are free, and calling ordinary POTS lines, are an extra charge.
Google however allows you to use a voice gateway where your phone calls a particular number, and from there you could call any US and Canada number for free, and many countries are very low rates. In many instances, these rates are lower than Skype.
Continue reading Out with the Bad, In with Google