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City analysts have accused Orange and T-Mobile of “dithering” after they axed plans for a £10 billion flotation of EE.

Google phone 'with T-Mobile contract in January'

Google plans to sell two versions of its own-branded mobile phone in the USA: one with a service contract with T-Mobile USA and another that is unlocked, a source familiar with the matter said.

OFT to fast-track Orange and T-Mobile merger through EU

UK watchdog likely to cede competition inquiry to European commission to speed up the process

Red faces at Microsoft as server failure turns smartphone dumb

Not so smart after all. Microsoft and T-Mobile executives have been humiliated by their Sidekick smartphone, which first lost internet access and then deleted its customers' numbers, photos and other important data.

T-Mobile Sidekick US users face personal data loss

Users of Microsoft's Sidekick mobile phone may have permanently lost data such as contacts, photos and calendar entries due to the failure of a Microsoft server computer.

David Prosser: Balfour Beatty builds itself a global future

Outlook Balfour Beatty's origins lie in the days of empire, when it exported its engineering and construction skills to Britain's colonies and dependencies around the world. In recent times, Balfour has been a little more parochial, but yesterday's deal to buy America's Parsons Brinckerhoff will once again give it a much greater presence on the global stage, increasing the business's exposure to the US by a third.

Business Diary: Hitting the top is easy, but try staying there

Richard Moat, boss of T-Mobile UK, needs to learn that timing is crucial in business. After a 16-year career at Orange, Moat agonised earlier this year about a change of company before finally deciding that the opportunity to run T-Mobile in Britain was too good to pass up. Just four months into his new post, the merger of Orange and T-Mobile here will see him lose the top role to his old boss at his former employer.

Future 'not bright' for 3 following rival merger deal

3, the smallest of the mobile network operators in the UK, will have to "fundamentally" change its business model in the wake of Orange's proposed tie-up with Deutsche Telekom, and could itself become a takeover target, analysts warned yesterday.

Martin Lewis: Customers are bound to take a hit

In the short term, T-Mobile and Orange customers will probably find that this deal makes little difference to the service they receive, though it is possible we might see High Street outlets begin to close in the areas where there is the greatest overlap. We may also begin to see the two businesses compete less aggressively on price as they come together.

David Prosser: The best way to ring in the changes

Outlook Radio (and telephone) silence so far from Vodafone and O2 over the deal between Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom to merge their UK operations. Both are threatened by the combination of T-Mobile and Orange leapfrogging them and both are thought to have offered Deutsche cash for the former business. Yet neither seems to be prepared to come up with a higher offer in order to break up the party.

T-Mobile seals Orange deal to create 'UK champion'

Orange and T-Mobile are set to create "a new UK champion" after their European parent companies confirmed the mobile phone groups will merge.

Engaged: Orange and T-Mobile want to hook up

Mobile phone giants Orange and T-Mobile today revealed plans to join forces in a tie-up which will create a new market leader in the UK.

Combined phone firms would lead UK market

A tie-up between Orange and T-Mobile in the UK will catapult two of the sector's smaller players into lead position in the UK market with a share of 37 per cent.

T-Mobile UK set to announce merger with Orange

T-Mobile UK could unveil a merger with Orange as early as today, in a move that would create the largest mobile phone operator in the country.

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