A Sprint representative declined to comment on the deal to CNET. Sprint, however, will likely be up for the fight. And the carrier could pick off prepaid customers if T-Mobile and MetroPCS dawdle with the integration efforts. Still, T-Mobile narrows the gap between it and Sprint with the deal. The combined companies boast a customer base of nearly 43 million, compared with Sprint's base of 56 million customers as of the end of the second quarter. Legere demonstrated some of the new swagger T-Mobile will be displaying under the new CEO, taking a jab at Sprint and saying the deal wouldn't "smash two different networks together" like the botched merger between Sprint and Nextel.
"I actually love the Sprint-Nextel analogy," he said, "It's a great opportunity to explain what this is not."If there was any doubt that the prepaid business would be a focus, Rene Obermann, CEO of T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom, obliterated them with his comments today, "I like to be in prepaid because it's the fastest growing part of the industry," he said, "It's a great business."Indeed, the prepaid part of wireless is growing three times faster than the contract segment, largely because so many people are already signed up, Prepaid previously had a h&m marble iphone case stigma attached to it that it was largely a service for poor people, but in recent years it's gone mainstream, The economic crisis forced more people than ever to look at prepaid options, which don't require arduous credit checks, while the improvement of handset options -- including the iPhone -- caused consumers to give them a harder second look..
MetroPCS was at the forefront of bringing low-cost smartphones to its customers, and it's likely the company will bring its culture of moving quickly to T-Mobile. MetroPCS wasn't a serious competitive threat to Sprint because it was a regional carrier that operated in select markets. But with a national footprint and roughly 70,000 points of distribution thanks to T-Mobile, MetroPCS will be a major player. T-Mobile and MetroPCS will operate as separate brands under the newly combined T-Mobile when the deal is completed, expected to be by the end of the year.
RIM also shares a new version of the BlackBerry Bridge software that lets PlayBook h&m marble iphone case owners access typical phone features; now when you pair a BlackBerry smartphone with a PlayBook tablet, you'll be able to send SMS texts from the PlayBook, You'll need to download the new Bridge app from BlackBerry App World, There are a few more minor tweaks as well, including using contacts, the calendar, and messaging features in portrait mode in addition to landscape, a capability that's been a long time coming, Developers will be pleased to see that in-app payments now applies to their ported Android apps as well as native PlayBook apps..
PlayBook owners will receive the OS update over the air through an automatic notification. You can also manually check for new software updates. You can learn more at RIM's blog. The software upgrade to RIM's BlackBerry tablet adds security and some minor fixes. Blackberry PlayBook owners will see a small bump in features and capability with its next OS update to PlayBook software 2.1. Among the changes available for the Wi-Fi tablet are security features that let owners lock down all data with enterprise-level encryption, not just corporate secrets.