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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

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T-Mobile, Apple will team up to sell products in 2013

Looks like those rumors last week about the iPhone coming to T-Mobile had some validity. According to an announcement made today by T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile and Apple have agreed to join forces and sell products next year. There were no details as to what products will be sold, though signs point to a T-Mobile… Read More

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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

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Clearwire touts spectrum as rumors fly about whether it could get the iPhone 5

Clearwire has taken it on the chin in the past year, chopping its staff, watching its stock tank and reformulating its board and executive ranks. Now, after the struggles of rival LightSquared, which cut staff after regulators cited interference issues earlier this month, could Clearwire regain its mojo? CEO Erik Prusch appears to think so, telling… Read More

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Clearwire to raise up to $345 million in stock offering

Clearwire just announced plans to raise up to $345 million by selling additional shares of stock, part of the mobile broadband company’s strategy to address its cash crunch. “The company plans to use the net proceeds for general corporate and working capital purposes, including the deployment of mobile 4G LTE technology alongside the mobile 4G… Read More

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Sprint throws Clearwire a $1.6 billion lifeline in funding deal

Clearwire and Sprint this morning announced a new agreement that could provide Clearwire with as much as $1.6 billion over the next four years. With the deal, the Kirkland-based wireless broadband company announced that it has made a $237 million debt payment that it had considered skipping to preserve cash. Also of note: The companies… Read More

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Clearwire considers skipping debt payment, shares plunge

Shares of Kirkland-based mobile broadband company Clearwire fell more than 20 percent in trading today after its CEO told the Wall Street Journal that it’s contemplating skipping a $237 million debt payment, due Dec. 1, to help conserve its cash. “It’s a very expensive payment that we have,” said Erik Prusch, the company’s CEO since… Read More

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Clearwire, China Mobile to partner on smartphones, tablets and other LTE devices

China Mobile and Clearwire have entered into a partnership to work together on new TD-LTE devices, including tablet computers and smartphones. In a press release, the company said that they will jointly work to “further accelerate the time-to-market availability of high volume TD-LTE chipsets and devices that should be commercially available starting in 2012.” CNET… Read More

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Report: Sprint may buy Clearwire outright to solve funding crisis

Sprint, already the majority owner of Kirkland-based wireless broadband company Clearwire, is in talks with other investors that could result in Sprint owning Clearwire outright, according to a Bloomberg News report this morning, citing three anonymous sources familiar with the discussions. Bloomberg cautions that the talks are still preliminary. It’s the latest in a string… Read More

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Thunderbolt vs. Charge: Study compares Verizon LTE rivals

Mobile research company RootMetrics is out with a new study today that will pique the interest of anyone considering a new phone on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Bellevue-based firm ran extensive tests of the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon’s network in Seattle to compare the performance of the rival devices…. Read More

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Rewind: Why your wireless coverage stinks, and how it could improve

Our guest this past weekend on the GeekWire Podcast was mobile industry veteran Paul Griff, the CEO of wireless research company RootMetrics, who joined us to talk about the ins and outs of wireless coverage, AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, and up-and-coming mobile technologies, including his company’s tests of Verizon’s LTE network. If you… Read More

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AT&T’s T-Mobile bid? There’s a (Verizon) map for that

Tracking huge corporate acquisitions can feel at times like stepping into the Twilight Zone, and it looks like AT&T’s $39 billion agreement to purchase T-Mobile USA will be no exception. AT&T, which has famously battled with Verizon over the quality and size of their respective networks, is including this slide in the supporting materials for… Read More