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Asus Padfone X phone/tablet combo coming to AT&T

LAS VEGAS — Asus is bringing its Padfone line of smartphone/tablets to the U.S. through AT&T, announcing a phone called the Padfone X that docks into the back of a tablet. The device, running Android 4.4 Kitkat, was announced by Asus CEO Jerry Shen on stage this morning at an AT&T developer event at CES in… Read More

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Zipwhip makes iPhone cloud text breakthrough with AT&T

LAS VEGAS — Cloud text messaging company Zipwhip has reached an arrangement with AT&T to capture user text messages coming in at the network level, not just at the device, setting the stage for Seattle startup to open its service to iPhone users for the first time, effectively working around Apple’s restrictions on iOS. The… Read More

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T-Mobile COO says AT&T’s ‘Next’ upgrade program was a ‘rip-off’

T-Mobile COO Jim Alling doesn’t think so highly of strategies implemented by his company’s rival earlier this year. Alling, speaking at an investor conference today, took a few swings at AT&T and specifically the carrier’s upgrade program, “Next.” AT&T unveiled the device upgrade and payment plan this summer, which came after T-Mobile’s announced its own previous pricing… Read More

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AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile plan to stop charging for “premium” texts

According to a press release put out by the Washington State Attorney General’s office today, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have vowed to stop charging customers for the use of Premium SMS texting services, which allow third-party companies to charge wireless subscribers for messaging services like horoscopes through their phone bills. While PSMS has some legitimate… Read More

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T-Mobile to AT&T: Get your hands off our magenta

The T-Mobile vs. AT&T battle just got a little juicier. The major mobile carriers, which have been throwing punches at each other recently, now have something else to fight over: colors. No, we’re not kidding — a company is suing over a color. T-Mobile filed a trademark infringement suit in a Texas federal court on Friday, accusing… Read More

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T-Mobile on the rebound: Wireless renegade adds 1.1M customers in second quarter

T-Mobile US added a net total of 1.1 million customers in the second quarter, including 678,000 for its T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands — the strongest growth in four years for the newly reshaped company. That didn’t include 8.9 million customers acquired by the company through its combination with MetroPCS. All told, T-Mobile’s customer base rose… Read More

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Study: AT&T, Verizon are Seattle’s best-performing carriers

If you’re living in Seattle, AT&T and Verizon will deliver the best overall mobile performance, T-Mobile is not far behind and Sprint is decent with the exception of poor data download speeds. Those are the findings from Bellevue-based RootMetrics‘ fifth performance report, which ran 48,441 tests to analyze how the carriers compare in the Seattle region. The… Read More

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Study: Windows Phone hits highest U.S. market share yet

Maybe there’s some truth to the hilarious and equally ridiculous ad Microsoft put out today, which attempts to differentiate Windows Phone from Apple and Samsung by poking fun at stereotypical users of the leading smartphones. The first quarter numbers from Kantar show Windows making consistent gains in the U.S. smartphone market, as evidenced by growth of 1.9 percentage… Read More