Welcome to the Weekly Thread for the week beginning March 20th and ending March 26th. To say this was an eventful week in mobile news would be putting it way too lightly. The week started with a shocking announcement from AT&T and just kept rounding. When the takeover announcement still fresh in peoples head CTIA was bound to bring up the questions “what will other carriers do in response to this?” and “will the next news other shadow the trade show?”. But will announcements including 3D phone, slim tablets, and the launch of a new app store this years CTIA was one that did no disappoint and shined even with the looming merger on everyone’s mind.
Check out some of the top stories from this week summed up in 140 characters or less each.
-AT&T is starting the process to acquire T-Mobile. Wasn’t AT&T broken up in 1984 to avoid them giving this big?
-AT&T says if they don’t acquire T-Mobile they will have problems in the short-term. Am I the only one that doesn’t buy that?
-Sprint plans to fight the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. They pointed out that if it happens together AT&T & Verizon will control 80% of the market.
-Verizon says they will not contest the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Makes since seeing as Verizon is one of the Bell companies.
-The International CTIA Wireless trade show was this week. The show is a place where everything new is wireless is showed off and discussed.
-T-Mobile accounted its first dual-core phone; The T-Mobile G2x by LG. A pure Android experience with some nice features.
-AT&T unveils the LG Thrill 4G. It has a glasses-free 3D screen and dual rear cameras for 3D HD recording.
-AT&T also shows off its version of the HTC HD7 called the HD7S. A Windows Phone 7 device with a huge 4.3” screen.
-Google Nexus S is coming to Sprint. Comes complete with tight Google Voice integration and 4G. Finally a pure Google experience on Sprint.
-Samsung unpacks it new Galaxy Tabs; the Tab 10.1 and 8.9. Both device are slimmer than the iPad 2 with some amazing features.
-Sprint adds two new Evo’s to the family; the Evo 3D and Evo View 4G. A 3D, dual-core Evo and a 7” tablet.
-T-Mobile adds the Nokia Astound. A Symbian powered, video chat ready phone with a AMOLED screen. I hope it works as great as it looks.
-The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets priced. You can get it for $149.99 on an unlimited data plan and $99.99 on a cheap data plan this spring.
-Windows releases the update schedule for its Windows Phone 7 devices. Looks like AT&T is still testing.
-Android gets its wings with the Aircell phone of Aircell GoGo-equipped planes.
-SouthernLINC iDEN customers now can enjoy more service. The carrier has signed a roaming deal with Sprint.
-Verizon owned Alltel will get the HTC Merge too. The Android powered slider will cost you $125 after rebate. Pre-orders begin March 28.
-RIM says the Blackberry Playbook will support Android apps. Way to good RIM! A nice UI and Android app support, very cool!
-The Amazon Kindle can now download audio books over Wi-Fi. No more having to transfer audio books via USB.
-The Amazon App Store for Android is now up. Most of the same apps but some exclusive stuff & one paid app available for free every day.
-Starting March 27th , Sprint is waiving mail-in-rebate for instant discount.How long this will last though is not known.
-Apple released iOS 4.3.1 to fix several problems caused by the first 4.3.
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