- TMUS parental control software partner Circle Media Labs sold its operator business to rival Smith Micro Software for $13.5m
T‑Mobile US (TMUS) parental control software partner Circle Media Labs sold its operator business to rival Smith Micro Software for $13.5m (€12.3m). With the deal, Smith Micro now controls Circle’s customer contracts, including the TMUS relationship. It also now holds the source code for Circle’s parental control application and plans to use it to build out its SafePath Connected Life Platform. TMUS was named an investor in Circle during early‑2019 and the vendor’s technology underpins the NatCo’s FamilyMode offering (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #81). Smith Micro itself holds a contract with Sprint, so now has more bases covered as TMUS performs integration following its takeover of the operator. William Smith, Chairman & Chief Executive of Smith Micro, said the Circle acquisition “de‑risks the Sprint, T‑Mobile merger by putting us on both sides of the consolidation”.