EchoStar also improved its chances last month by saying it would pay $380 million for TV-over-the-Internet device maker Slingbox and possibly incorporate the technology as part of its consumer TV service. The Slingbox device could be part of a key service offering down the road as new radio wave spectrum becomes available to so-called open standard devices, says one person familiar with the companies. AT&T shares rose 7 cents to $42.26 and EchoStar was up 81 cents to $49.85 in early trading Tuesday.
Even though AT&T tried a last-minute bribe of promising 5,000 new U.S. jobs to help gain support for the deal, the Justice Department filed a complaint to fight the combination of the nation's No. 2 and No. 4 wireless carriers.