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Hoping to halt sinking profits, HTC debuts One smartphone

The flagship phone that could put an end to HTC’s sinking profits finally hit stores Friday. The long-awaited HTC One is available today by AT&T and Sprint, both online and at their retail stores. You can also purchase it at Best Buy, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Costco, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, HSN.com, and HTC.com. Both Sprint and AT&T are… Read More

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Verizon wants to buy Clearwire spectrum for $1.5B

Both Sprint and Dish Network are looking to buy Clearwire, the Bellevue-based wireless broadband operator that’s most coveted for its spectrum holdings. But now there may be another player in the mix. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Verizon Wireless has offered to pay as much as $1.5 billion to Clearwire for its spectrum leases…. Read More

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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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Microsoft’s Xbox Live getting Redbox Instant service

Microsoft’s Xbox group and Redbox parent Coinstar are just down the road from one another, so maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise. The new Redbox Instant by Verizon streaming service will be available “in the very near future” on Microsoft’s Xbox Live, according to a post today by Larry Hryb, better known as Xbox Live’s… Read More

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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

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Sprint, Verizon expanding Windows Phone lineup

Sprint will launch its first Windows Phone 8 smartphones by this summer, from HTC and Samsung, the wireless carrier announced today. In addition, Verizon says it will be adding its third Windows Phone 8 device, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, in the coming weeks. The ATIV device will join the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 822… Read More

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Redbox Instant by Verizon rolled out to beta testers

Last week, Redbox parent Coinstar and Verizon announced more details about their joint venture streaming video service, and now the service is being rolled out in a private beta. You can sign up here. Redbox Instant’s invitation-only beta product offers unlimited streaming of thousands of movies at $8 per month — free for the first month… Read More

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Watch out, Netflix: Redbox Instant priced at $8 per month

Redbox parent Coinstar and Verizon today announced more details about their joint venture streaming video service, confirming its pricing model and new agreements with big movie companies. Later this month, Redbox Instant’s invitation-only beta product will offer unlimited streaming of thousands of movies at $8 per month, along with four one-night credits per month for actual… 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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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

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‘Redbox Instant’ streaming video service on the way

It’s official: Verizon and Redbox parent company Coinstar will enter the streaming media world and battle Netflix, Amazon and the rest of the digital video market for customers. Bloomberg reports that Redbox Instant by Verizon, a joint venture initially announced earlier this year, will be available between late November and mid-December. The video service will… Read More

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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

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How AT&T got me to finally let go of unlimited data

I’m one of those people who was grandfathered in to AT&T’s unlimited smartphone data plans, and for a long time I was quietly determined not to let go of it. It was partly the principle of the thing. (“My mobile digital lifestyle shall know no bounds!”) It was also the vision of all those wireless… Read More

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AT&T sets Aug. 23 launch for new shared data plans

AT&T’s new shared data plans will launch on Aug. 23, the company announced this morning, attempting to nudge its customers into a new world focused less on data limits for individual devices, with charges dependent instead on the overall data used by families in a given month. One big difference from Verizon’s approach is that… Read More

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Verizon blows past rivals in Seattle area speed tests

Looking for the fastest wireless network in Seattle? Look no further than Verizon, which easily trounced its rivals in terms of upload and download speeds in recent tests. Verizon, which has been expanding its LTE network throughout the Pacific Northwest in the past year, also beat out its competitors in terms of text message delivery…. Read More

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T-Mobile no longer claiming America’s Largest 4G Network

It’s never been easy for consumers to sort out the conflicting claims from the major U.S. wireless carriers about the respective size and speed of their networks. T-Mobile USA has made things a little more simple, at least. Fierce Wireless reports that the Bellevue-based company is no longer making the claim that it operates “America’s… Read More

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Report: T-Mobile likely to offer iPhone by next year

“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” no longer… T-Mobile should get the iPhone by next year. It’s probable that the U.S. carrier will finally score the coveted gadget, according to Bloomberg, citing a report from Sanford C. Bernstein’s Craig Moffett. T-Mobile will be the last major American carrier to offer the iPhone, with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T customers… Read More