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Wireless performance study: Verizon tops the charts, T-Mobile languishes

Planning a cross-country road trip? Verizon’s the best bet for cell phone service. According to new research into wireless network performance released by RootMetrics, Verizon has the best overall service, though AT&T is nipping at its heels. The Seattle-based wireless metrics company tested performance by all four major carriers in every state, driving almost 218,000 miles and… Read More

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Sprint cutting 91 staffers in Seattle area following Clearwire acquisition

Sprint continues to trim staff in the Seattle area following last year’s acquisition of Clearwire, the Bellevue broadband wireless operator started by telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw. Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S., notified the state via a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification that 91 employees at the company’s operations in Bellevue and Kirkland will… Read More

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Sprint posts $1B quarterly loss, but surprises Wall Street with customer additions

T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier adding customers. Surprisingly, Sprint too just laid down positive results, adding 58,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter. Analysts had expected a loss of about 83,000 subscribers, according to Reuters. In total, the company, which sold an 80 percent stake to Softbank last year, had 53.9 million platform subscribers, its highest total… Read More

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Sprint steps back from T-Mobile deal following regulators’ public opposition

Sprint executives are reconsidering their bid for T-Mobile following regulatory pressure, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. While Sprint always knew getting a merger approved would be an uphill battle, unnamed sources familiar with the matter told the WSJ that the company wasn’t expecting a strong, swift and very public opposition from regulators. … Read More

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T-Mobile improves in J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey, AT&T tops Verizon

It looks like T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” makeover has been not only in gaining subscribers, but also in improving customer satisfaction. While T-Mobile didn’t quite beat the average score in J.D. Power’s survey on customer care from major cell phone service providers, the Bellevue-based carrier saw the most improvement out of any company in the survey, placing… Read More

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A T-Mobile-Sprint merger? Not so fast, say U.S. regulators

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse met with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this month to discuss a possible merger between Softbank-owned Sprint and T-Mobile, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. However, the Justice Department officials were skeptical about a possible merger between America’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers. One of… Read More

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Dish reportedly looking to make bid for T-Mobile

The battle for who might buy T-Mobile is heating up. A report by Reuters today said that Dish Network is considering a bid for the Bellevue-based wireless carrier. It also says that the satellite provider has already reached out to Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company and majority shareholder about a potential takeover, and that company’s chairman… Read More

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iPhone shows summer sales gains over Android in U.S.

While some analysts are convinced that Apple’s smartphone business is doomed, new sales data would seem to indicate that the iPhone still has fight left in it. According to a report by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple made significant sales gains over Android during the summer in the U.S., even before the launch of the iPhone… 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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FCC gives go-ahead to Sprint deals with Clearwire, Softbank

The U.S. wireless industry is one step closer to being reshaped. The Federal Communications Commission today unanimously approved Sprint’s transactions with SoftBank and Clearwire, deals which could alter the landscape in the wireless communications business. For those who have not been following along, Sprint is attempting to buy the remaining half of Bellevue-based Clearwire that… Read More

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Report: FCC set to greenlight Sprint’s deals with Clearwire and Softbank

After a long and drawn out bidding war, Clearwire’s fate appears to be nearly certain. The Federal Communications Commission is set to approval Sprint’s purchase of the Bellevue mobile broadband company, along with SoftBank’s $21.6 billion purchase of Sprint, according to a report by Bloomberg News citing people familiar with the matter. The deals could reshape… Read More

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Sprint launches legal attack, says Dish attempted to ‘fool’ Clearwire shareholders in ‘bad faith’ bid

Well, nearly everyone saw this coming. Sprint has turned to the courts to try to stop Dish Network’s purchase of Clearwire, the Bellevue-broadband wireless company that’s highly coveted for its wireless spectrum. In a lawsuit filed today against Dish and Clearwire, Sprint argues in the 45-page document that Dish’s proposed buyout violates Delaware Corporate Law and… Read More

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Clearwire board changes tune, snubs Sprint and now favors Dish’s $4.40 per share offer

The Clearwire saga continues. And the latest development came Wednesday afternoon as Clearwire’s board of directors recommended that shareholders accept Dish Network’s $4.40 per share offer instead of Sprint’s $3.40 per share bid. That may seem obvious, given the higher price tag. But for weeks, Clearwire Chairman John Stanton has been arguing against the Dish… 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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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse to Clearwire execs: Dish deal is not a ‘viable alternative’

Well, the rhetoric keeps rising as Sprint and Dish Network battle for Clearwire, the Bellevue-based provider of mobile broadband service. Following Dish’s upped bid last week, Sprint sent a letter Monday to Clearwire’s board which basically stresses that an acquisition by Dish violates the Equityholders’ Agreement between Clearwire and Sprint. And, if Clearwire chooses to… Read More