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  • T-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators. T-Mobile, the fourth-largest U.S. cellphone company, is paying at least $67.5 million in refunds to affected customers plus $18 million in fines to the 50 states and the...

  • Russia-exposed stocks lag skittish European indexes Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- Shares in European companies exposed to Russia lagged volatile regional indexes on Tuesday, as the rouble plunged in value and concern grew about the state of the Russian economy. Shares in Raiffeisen Bank International, which relies on Russia for profits, fell more than 8 percent to a record low after Russia's aggressive hike in interest rates...

  • Resurgent BT comes back to haunt old rival Vodafone Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- BT's move to buy mobile operator EE is expected to put the former state-owned telecoms giant back in pole position as fixed line and mobile services converge, forcing rivals such as Vodafone to make costly moves of their own to keep up. The EE move also revives BT's rivalry with Vodafone which dates back to when they were the two biggest names in...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Shares in European companies exposed to Russia fell sharply to lead a broad decline on Tuesday, as the rouble plunged in value and concern grew about the state of the Russian economy. Shares in Raiffeisen Bank International, which relies on Russia for profits, hit a record low after Russia's aggressive hike in interest rates failed to convince...

  • Russia rout hits European shares Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    *Stocks with strong exposure to Russia tumble. Shares in Austrian lender Raiffeisen Bank International, which relies heavily on Russia for profits, slid 5.3 percent to a record low, after Russia's central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in an emergency move that failed to immediately halt the collapse in the rouble.

  • PARIS, Dec 16- European shares inched up in early trading on Tuesday, halting their week-long sell-off, with Orange and Deutsche Telekom rallying on news of talks with BT to sell EE. Orange was up 4.1 percent and Deutsche Telekom up 1.4 percent after the two firms entered exclusive talks with BT for a potential 12.5 billion-pound sale of EE. At 0811 GMT, the...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- BT has entered exclusive talks with the owners of EE for a potential 12.5 billion pound deal to give the former UK state telecoms firm the top position in mobile as well as fixed line broadband services. BT had been in competing talks with both the Spanish group Telefonica's rival mobile firm O2 and EE's owners, Orange and Deutsche Telekom, putting...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Britain's BT has entered into exclusive talks with Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy EE for 12.5 billion pounds, opting for the country's biggest mobile operator over rival suitor, Telefonica's O2. BT had been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners since late November about a deal to buy one of the providers, giving the fixed-line firm an...

  • Britain's BT in talks to buy mobile operator EE Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    LONDON— BT Group PLC says it is in exclusive talks to buy mobile phone operator EE from Germany's Deutsche Telekom and France's Orange for 12.5 billion pounds in cash and shares. BT, Britain's biggest home telephone and Internet provider, announced last month that it was planning to re-enter the mobile market, which it left in 2001.. It foresees a deal that would...

  • BT chooses EE over O2 in 12.5 bln stg mobile deal Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 15- Britain's BT has entered into exclusive talks with Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy EE for 12.5 billion pounds, opting for the country's biggest mobile operator over rival suitor, Telefonica's O2. BT had been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners since late November about a deal to buy one of the operators, putting the British telecom firm in an...

  • BT to enter exclusive talks with EE owners-sources Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 15- BT is expected to enter exclusive talks with the owners of EE, Orange and Deutsche Telekom, about buying Britain's biggest mobile network operator, three sources familiar with the situation said on Monday. BT has been in talks with both EE's owners and O2-owner Telefonica since late November about a deal to buy one of the operators, putting the...

  • LONDON/ MADRID, Dec 11- The battle to become the mobile partner of BT intensified on Thursday as the chairman of O2-owner Telefonica flew to London and the owners of EE indicated they were willing to offer more attractive terms to seal a rival deal. BT has been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners, Orange and Deutsche Telekom since November about a deal to buy one...

  • LONDON, Dec 9- The board of BT met on Tuesday to discuss the possible acquisition of British mobile operators O2 or EE, and agreed to continue talks with both sides, a person familiar with the situation said. The telecoms group has been in talks with O2's owner Telefonica and with the parent firms of Britain's largest mobile carrier EE, France's Orange and Germany's...

  • BT has been in talks with O2's owner Telefonica and with the parent firms of Britain's largest mobile carrier EE, France's Orange and Germany's Deutsche Telekom. Telefonica is also eager to sell because it needs to cut debt. BT, Telefonica, Orange and Deutsche Telekom declined to comment.

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 5- Pressure from competition regulators could prompt Liberty Global to abandon Germany if it can no longer pursue its growth ambitions in Europe's biggest cable market, sources have told Reuters. The case has provided further evidence to Liberty- Europe's biggest cable group- that it will not be allowed to expand through acquisitions in Germany,...

  • LONDON, Nov 28- European shares posted their second consecutive weekly gain after a late recovery on Friday, as heavy falls in energy stocks, hit by a slump in oil prices, were offset by gains in airlines and consumer companies. Oil companies such as Statoil and Galp Energia and explorer Premier Oil fell by between 5.8 percent and 13.4 percent, after Brent slipped...

  • LONDON, Nov 28- Private equity funds KKR and Apax are looking to revive plans to snap up EE if Britain's largest mobile operator misses out on a deal with BT Group, sources familiar with the situation said. Other investors such as CVC Capital Partners, which was also in talks to buy EE in 2013, no longer wants to enter the race for the mobile firm, one of the sources said.

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Britain's fourth largest mobile operator 3 Group, is preparing a bid for EE or O2, the mobile groups already in talks on a deal with BT Group, several sources familiar with the matter said. The Chinese company could put forward a bid for either EE or Telefonica's O2 by the end of the year as BT is expected to decide on a deal in...

  • UPDATE 1-EE owners confirm takeover talks with BT Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    A source familiar with the situation had said EE, owned by Deutsche Telekom and Orange, was the other party. "Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, regularly analyse the development of the market in which EE operates, evaluating various strategic options which have the potential to create value for EE's shareholders and strengthen the...

  • *O2 deal could hand Telefonica 20 pct of BT. LONDON/ MADRID Nov 24- Britain's BT Group has been approached by O2 owner Telefonica and the parents of O2's bigger rival EE to discuss competing multibillion-pound deals to create a powerhouse in fixed-line broadband, mobile and TV. "They've held out the threat of entering in the mobile market and engineered a situation...