Wireless industry continues to consolidate with AT&T’s $1.2 billion bid for Leap Wireless

More than two months after T-Mobile gobbled up Metro PCS, and just four days after Sprint consumed Clearwire, AT&T is making its own move with a $1.2 billion cash acquisition offer for Leap Wireless. Leap is the country’s fifth largest wireless carrier — behind T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon — with five million subscribers. The… Read More


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


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


AT&T has the fastest LTE network (if you can access it)

The big U.S. wireless carriers are all fighting over who has the fastest LTE network, touting the speeds that can be obtained over the next-generation networking technology. But who is out in front when it comes to LTE? A new report out today tries to answer that question, and the results may surprise you. AT&T,… Read More


T-Mobile fires back at AT&T with new ad: “What keeps AT&T up at night? Apparently us.”

UPDATE, 12:40 P.M.: T-Mobile got back to us and we’ve updated the story below with the newspapers that ran the ads. —————— Looks like we’ve got a good ol’ heavyweight cell phone carrier fight brewing between T-Mobile and AT&T. Just days after AT&T debuted full-page newspaper ads attacking T-Mobile’s network, Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA has fired back… Read More


AT&T bashes T-Mobile with full-page newspaper ad

AT&T thinks poorly of T-Mobile and they’re running full-page newspaper ads to prove it. In the latest chapter of the bash-fest between the two mobile carriers, AT&T began running attack advertisements yesterday in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. In the ad, AT&T claims that T-Mobile’s network has twice as many dropped calls, twice as… Read More


Sunday marks new era in cellphone carrier market power

New cellphones purchased after this Saturday Jan. 25, 2013 can be unlocked only with the permission of the carrier; phones purchased before Sunday are exempt from this restriction and have been since 2006. Back in October, the U.S. Copyright Office filed a new decision on unlocked phones in the Federal Register. The Copyright Office is… Read More


The people’s champ: Verizon is most favorable carrier

Remember those “Can you hear me now?” Verizon commercials? Turns out there’s actually some truth to those messages. The people have spoken and Verizon is the most favorable cell phone carrier in the nation based on an annual Consumer Reports survey of 63,253 subscribers around the country. Out of the four big carriers, Verizon led the way… Read More


T-Mobile exec: One major carrier will go down

In a recent conversation with shareholders, T-Mobile COO Jim Alling said that he believes out of the four major cell phone carriers — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and his own T-Mobile — one will fade away in the coming years. We’re guessing he didn’t mean the company he works for, even though T-Mobile took a net… Read More


T-Mobile calls dibs for new Nokia Windows smartphone

Just one week after AT&T said it would be the exclusive carrier of the Nokia Lumia 920, T-Mobile announced Monday that the Bellevue-based company will exclusively offer the Nokia Lumia 810. T-Mobile said that the new Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be available in the coming weeks, presumably after Microsoft releases Windows 8 on Oct…. Read More


Verizon leads the way in 4G LTE performance, says RootMetrics

You’ve certainly heard about about how fast 4G LTE speed is, but how do different carriers perform when stacked against each other? RootMetrics has the answers. The Seattle company, which gathers information on mobile technology and communication, released its latest industry-wide study on mobile carriers and their data performance Tuesday. The company performed nearly 500,000 tests within… Read More