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"They've done some things that I found to be anti consumer unfriendly especially around locking and Sim locking and blocking you from using your iphone when you've paid off at sprint with any other carrier things that annoy me. But not everyone obviously. And so the. The judge approved judge Victim rand no relation when ahead an approved the merger yesterday and it was interesting that he did so because in in the court records were and texts between Sprint and T. Mobile exacts talking about how they were going to raise prices once. They've merged well and the judge around and the judge said in his in his decision that He saw no evidence for for. Why t mobile would reverse course on their consumer friendly policies and go back and and become anti-consumer even though they said it directly in those emails and texts. Okay that's disheartening. Yeah so what's going to come out of this is that Deutsche Telekom no longer has to have ownership over T. mobile that it's GonNa Merge with Softbank with sprint owned by are invested by Softbank And the two of them will become more powerful together and because the judge wants to see continued competition and the the space they have to give one of the smaller budget labels of sprint which was boost mobile To dish network which has satellite TV provider and that dish is supposed to be an MVP. No of this new merged entity for the next seven years and then after that seven years is supposed to become their own cell phone carrier and put up their own towers network and he knows you say mobile virtual network operator. It's an MVP. No is is anyone who wants to sell cell phone service and act like a cell phone company but not put up towers so what they do. Is they partnered with one of the big carriers and by the ability to do this the licensed to do this and they put out their own sim cards and you know people pay the bills to them and they pay the bill back to the main operator and there are a number of them. They're a bunch of them and they tend to do things like be lower cost or have better data plans or or different little things that make them appealing. And you're you're basically using the signal from the big guys towers what's interesting here is that the judge says that dish has seven years as an MVP. No and then they have to become their own carrier but being an embryo is a lot more affordable than being your own carrier because putting physical towers and infrastructure is really expensive. I think that's It might magically not happening seventy S to for any I'm suspicious. Yeah see that's why you another judge. That's why I'm not a judge. That was the reason. Yeah not not at all. Well I think I saw a detail. The judge should approve that in this one. More step is near in California or something. But I didn't appreciate any stuff about The internal emails and things so You said at the talk about things in the world and I'm this haunting. Well I mean John. Letter is the the fellow who really took over T. mobile after the last merger. At and T. Merger was not approved and turned it into the powerhouse that it is with the public reputation that it is of being consumer-friendly. They have had a lot of initiatives that they've named UN carrier to be the opposite of what everyone else in the businesses. Doing to consumer friendly. And the thing I it seemed like the judge really likes John. Legend LIKED HIS POLICIES. But what he didn't take into consideration or maybe didn't consider the same way. I would've considered is that John Lesser isn't going to be there in this new merged entity ledgers leaving and his chief operations officer. Mike Siefert is becoming the head of this combined entity and between the idea that an operations guy is is going to be in charge. As opposed to the sort of maverick. That was that was trying to beat up. The the bigger carriers in combination with those emails just does not give me the sense of optimism that I like. Okay well but it's not swapped to T mobile until we know. Well well the things will shake out a little bit. The other thing about merger is that anytime that there's a merger between two big companies expected to be really rocky for like a year or two while they hammer things out because they've got competing billing systems they've got competing inventory systems. They've got all these things and in the case of T. Mobile and sprint competing cellphone signals. Like they're both. They're both on Lt. But they got different frequency bands and all kinds of stuff. So it's GonNa take a while to hammered all out get it all unified mobile earn money there. Yeah you want some more phone news Sir Yes all right me. There was a there was a company called essential essential. Yes made a phone which was called the essential phone and they also made A service called Newton male and they were going to make thing called gem phone while essential was founded by ANDROID CO founder. Andy Rubin who before he did Android was was actually on the sidekick which was one of the early sort of connected devices pre hyphen and a bunch of those sidekick people ended up over at Google and and basically made android and now. Reuben has a checkered past. Let's say kindly In terms of his alleged treatment in regard for women. I didn't WanNa let that pass without noting it but essentially shutting down. They're never gonNA. They had the essential phone which had been receiving updates was upgraded to android ten Was was continued. Give security updates as recently as like last week or so They've shown pictures of a thing called gem which was longer slimmer narrower phone which had a really awkward keyboard arrangement because the thing was so squished narrow and they've potent today saying that they're just never gonNA do it. They're never GONNA ship if they've been shelved well not precisely but they were one of the only companies out there whose goal was to ship a phone with stock android basically as the best vision of what android should be the the this thing was a q- hd display edge to edge. It was ceramic. It was titanium. It was beautiful phone. I I bought one for my dad. Actually because he doesn't want an iphone and in terms of phones it's so fantastic phone and it received updates. It was an android phone with stock android that received updates and the only other phone out there that you can point to that. Does that is Google Pixel? Okay I get that so but it is no it is no more. Okay Sorry Futa. Yeah me too. This is twice that. I've recommended something that that he's had to deal with this kind of thing. On the first one was Motorola. We're Motorola promised they were going to give updates forever that they were gonNA keep maintain Stock Android and give updates for like within three or four years and after the first year they said no pass. So I don't have a great track record with android phones and my dad. No no no con- hope you. They're really not at all. And besides the the essential phone shutting down they had acquired a company called Newton Male Newton. Mail is also shutting down Newton male macysinc of the apple commuted. It does yeah. I have certifications. No I used to have well Andrew. Former wife now. I know that you are a video game player here. That's me. Oh Yeah joystick. Come even think of the name of video game but yeah. Let's say me halo heard of that one. I know you go on world of warcraft campaigns. That's that's what I was trying to think of okay. campaigns of it my vote for world of warcraft. Absolutely as you get and anyway. Microsoft is launching a gaming service called X. Cloud it's the Microsoft xbox cloud gaming service and the point of it is to enable users to play xbox games on their smartphones site included. Ivan's does so. Is this Microsoft Arcade that well? It's it's xbox Games so whatever xbox games I guess you'd have in your xbox gaming account would be streamed from Microsoft's Azure cloud computing centers Microsoft announced folks. Very good is at my right about that. Yeah I mean your. Your choices are basically Xbox switch and playstation. Ps four and xbox is is definitely a reigning champion and switch is really really popular for some games and definitely more Mobile Games portable gaming in a way because the switch consoles designed to be portable What's this business about working on smartphones? She said the At your service I am. I sitting like using a remote control into a computer on my phone. It's it's like streaming the game from there and then running on your hardware. I think so. They've opened this up protesting. They've got a test flight application for IOS were players can try out. Halo Master Chief Collection. Okay now it's only open. The test flight is only open to people who live in the US UK and Canada at this time it is not like the xbox game streaming APP on Android. The test flight is for Project X. Cloud only and doesn't contain xbox console streaming. Okay and the difference. There is is You know with console streaming streaming from your xbox in your house to your phone with X. Cloud streaming from Microsoft's cloud services. Okay that's a significant difference in it. I think that's why we talk about these things. Yes now. The test is a limited group. There are ten thousand testers. That'll be invited into the first round of testing invitations first-come-first-serve and you may also be cycled out of the program so even if the queue is full you should apply for later rounds and what you signed up while you're talking. I know I know what you need to do. This are an active Microsoft account linked with your xbox Gamertag an IPAD or iphone running. I was thirteen A device that has Bluetooth version four on it a bluetooth enabled xbox one wireless controller and Wi fi or mobile data. That is at least ten megabit down bandwidth okay. Yeah I'm not going to do the semi really but It sounds I mean I can see you playing mastered driving the word hog around Halo but if you are totally into this this is this is something should try and sign up or even if you don't get into the first group it's possible you'll get it into a later q until later group completely agree. I've just no idea what the whole thing is you just mentioned. But it's more talk it's a vehicle it's a vehicle in the game woke okay you know what? The Marines are as an armed force. Right he has. They're all versions space force. Yeah this will. This is the space marines. Okay right does that help. Explain it a little bit. It's very clear it's just going to say I am not in any way no king games. Who knows why leasing stunt do for me? I'm also not interested in sports. It's so much for much estimate so I get the interest It's just it's so over my head so just ignobly with games. I place a Duku. Get off my back right well. That's it for this episode of the Apple Insider podcast William. When you're not playing Suco where can we find you on the Internet King Microsoft store to get a waterlog xbox."