In documents AT&T filed in April with the Federal Communications Commission on its planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, it cited thriving competition in the wireless industry as part of its argument on behalf of the deal. In particular, AT&T pointed to the rise of "mavericks" like MetroPCS and Leap Wireless International that cater to budget-conscious consumers and compete more directly with T-Mobile.
The launch of the next version of the iPhone is an event that typically inspires fevered speculation about what new design, features and pricing the signature Apple device will offer. Much of the rumor-mongering this time around, however, seems to be about the timing.
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