After 19 years of growth through acquisitions, Dobson Communications will soon itself be merged into AT&T. But founder Everett Dobson said this was no time for reflection, as he has work to complete before the merger occurs at the end of this year.
Text-messaging is said to generate $60 billion a year in revenue for cellular providers, but an increasing number of other companies and services put those profits at risk for carriers. A number of online sites allow free computer-to-cell texting, and new software aims to do the same for cell-to-cell texts.
Investor Carl Icahn voiced his disapproval of Motorola in a recent interview with the Financial Times. Icahn, who owns about a 3% stake in Motorola, has called for the spinoff of the company's mobile-phone unit, which has recently struggled.
A slimmer, higher-resolution Sidekick goes on sale in October, as T-Mobile USA tries to attract older users, according to the Associated Press. The Sidekick LX was built by Motorola, will feature a 3-inch screen and be priced at $300 with a two-year contract.