AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USAAdult-only Web sites are getting their own domain, Sprint integrates with Google Voice, and AT&T announces deal to acquire T-Mobile USA.
-It's Monday, March 21st. I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get Loaded. AT&T announced the deal to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. This will give AT&T a total of 129 million subscribers after the acquisition. It was just rumored that Sprint was in the works to make an offer to T-Mobile, but looks like AT&T offered more cash. This also means that US customers will have only one GSM carrier to choose from. AT&T says the deal will help build out their LTE network and improve network quality, which is good because lately my phone, which is under AT&T's network, drops calls about 30% of the time. Adult websites are getting their own domain soon. The Board of Directors of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the contract with ICM Registry to operate a .xxx top level domain name. The first domains using this will hit the Web later this year. Existing adult website owners that are part of the adult entertainment trade group Free Speech Coalition are against this. They don't wanna pay to register their already existing brands under .xxx and fear the government will restrict and censor the domain, making it less accessible. According to ICM's registry, over 280,000 domain names have been reserved. Facebook acquired a company called Snaptu. The company makes light mobile apps for sites and are designed to work across a large number of devices. For example, Snaptu's lower-end Facebook app reportedly works across 2500 mobile devices around the world. The deal was valued between $60 and $70 million. Sprint and Google Voice are joining forces. Sprint customers can now use their phone number as a Google Voice number. If you already have Google Voice, you can begin using that number on a Sprint phone without software. This gives you all the features like setting multiple phones to ring and voicemails transcribed in Gmail. This is similar to number porting. It just doesn't require any additional software, making it easier to set up. In other Sprint news, the company unveiled that the Google Nexus S is hitting the Now Network with 4G. They're also marketing this as the first phone to full integrate Google Voice. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and uses a 1 gigahertz Hummingbird processor with a 480 x 800 Super AMOLED touchscreen. It's priced at $200 with a 2-year contract due out in the spring. That's your news for the day. I'm Mark Licea for CNET and you've just been Loaded.