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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

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T-Mobile aims to boost LTE rollout with Verizon deal

T-Mobile USA says it will be able to improve its wireless coverage in 15 U.S. cities, including Seattle, as the result of an agreement with Verizon Wireless to purchase and trade wireless spectrum in markets across the country. The spectrum will help Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA roll out 4G LTE wireless service next year, the company… Read More

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Verizon vows to back Windows Phone as ‘third ecosystem’

Microsoft and Verizon Wireless have been through some difficult times together over the years. (Anybody remember the Microsoft Kin? No, didn’t think so.) But Microsoft’s Windows Phone got a shout-out and a promise of support from the wireless giant this morning on its earnings conference call with analysts. Francis Shammo, the company’s chief financial officer,… Read More

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Isis: Digital wallet from mobile giants adds financial giants to the fold

Almost lost amid the flood of new devices announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona overnight was a notable sign of progress toward the tech industry’s longtime aspiration of replacing old-fashioned wallets with digital ones. Isis, a joint venture of AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, says it has reached agreements with Chase, Capital One… Read More

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Look out, Netflix? Redbox and Verizon joint venture to offer DVDs and movie downloads

Coinstar’s Redbox unit and telecom giant Verizon have formed a new joint venture that will combine online movies and DVD rentals in a unified subscription service for consumers. The companies announced the initiative this morning, saying they plan to start rolling out a combined service in the second half of this year. Pricing wasn’t announced, but the… Read More