Pundits won’t make or break Windows Phone

Some writers and analysts in the tech world claim that a lack of developer support will doom Windows Phone 8. But if Microsoft markets its mobile platform effectively, both developers and users will follow.

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The FCC late yesterday approved AT&T’s $1.9 billion buy of spectrum from Qualcomm, as The Hill documents here. That’s far less than the carrier would have gained had its acquisition of T-Mobile USA been approved, of course, but Sascha Segan astutely points out a key difference between the deals: Qualcomm’s spectrum was currently unused and might not ever have been used, while T-Mobile was actively using its airwaves. The same applies to Verizon Wireless’s current effort to buy spectrum from three cable operators whose wireless effort was effectively stillborn. So those deals will make more spectrum available to consumers without consolidating it in the hands of a single carrier. And that’s a good thing.

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The small regional carrier C Spire Wireless made headlines this morning with news that it will join AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in being the only U.S. operators to offer Apple’s iPhone. The odd man out here, of course, is T-Mobile USA, the nation’s fourth-largest operator who is struggling mightily and hopes to be swallowed up by AT&T. As Sascha Segan wrote two weeks ago, Apple seems to be complicit with AT&T in betting on the death of T-Mobile. I’m firmly opposed to AT&T’s proposed acquisition, but T-Mobile is obviously at a huge disadvantage of being the only tier-one carrier who can’t offer the world’s most popular handset.

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AT&T is enjoying lobbying efforts from some surprising organizations in its quest to acquire T-Mobile, CNET reports this morning. And the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is the most recent (and most surprising) addition to that list. CNET’s piece fails to examing why some of those groups are involved, which is disappointing, but Sascha Segan had a great analysis of that angle a few days ago. As for GLAAD? An AT&T exec sits on the company’s board. So when you read about all this support AT&T is getting from unlikely bedfellows, keep in mind that there are hidden agendas and disingenuous tactics at play here. Let’s hope federal regulators keep that in mind too.