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Why T-Mobile should delay selling to Sprint — or anyone else

A T-Mobile sale has appeared inevitable for almost a year, following constant rumors that it’s in talks with Sprint, and more recently, when a little-known French telecom company made an out-of-the-blue bid. But now, some analysts are making the case for the Bellevue, Wash.-based wireless carrier to hold off on a merger — at least for the foreseeable future. As negotiations… 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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T-Mobile revenue falls 5% as company signals future cuts

T-Mobile USA, looking to rebound against its larger rivals, reported lower fourth quarter revenue and profits overnight, and gave a clear signal that it will be making additional cuts in attempt to to shore up its business. The Bellevue-based company, part of Deutsche Telekom, reported a 5.2 percent decline in total revenue, to $4.92 billion,… Read More

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Clearwire shares surge after Sprint positions for full buyout

Shares of Clearwire jumped more than 10 percent today after CNBC reported that Sprint Nextel may try to acquire its remaining interest in the Bellevue broadband wireless provider by the end of the year. CNBC’s David Faber said that Sprint — which has agreed to be acquired by Japan’s Softbank — may attempt to acquire the… Read More

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Federal funding alone can’t deliver wireless broadband

Americans in urban and suburban areas take wireless service for granted. This is not so much so for those living in the rural and remote areas of the Washington where service is not always available. There are vast areas without 3G wireless coverage, much less the new 4G LTE technology. And because of the mountainous… Read More

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Google, Boingo bring free Wi-Fi to 4,000 hotspots (but not for Windows Phone or iPhone)

Boingo Wireless and Google Play announced a new partnership today to bring free Wi-Fi to more than 4,000 hotspots across the country, including 15 airports (Chicago O’Hare, New York’s JFK, Seattle-Tacoma, etc.) as well subways, restaurants, hotels and shopping malls. The offering is part of Boingo’s new Cloud Nine Media platform, an advertising platform which… Read More

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NetMotion Wireless sold to private equity firm

Seattle’s NetMotion Wireless, a maker of wireless network performance management software, has been sold to Clearlake Capital Group in a deal of undisclosed size. “NetMotion is the clear market leader with unmatched technology and an exceptional leadership team that has successfully continued to grow its suite of offerings. We look forward to working closely with management… Read More

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Clearwire intros $49 USB modem to connect users to 4G

Clearwire today introduced a new 4G USB modem called the Clear Stick Atlas, a device that’s designed to give customers access to the company’s 4G wireless network without the hassle of installing additional software. Weighing in at 1.1 ounces and measuring 1.2 inches wide, the company says that the Clear Stick Atlas easily fits into… Read More

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Do you live in a 4G city?

When it comes to wireless networks, everyone loves speed. And with more data-intensive activities taking place on mobile devices, the race to 4G is serious and intense. But how is is your city actually doing when it comes to these high-speed wireless networks? A new report from Bellevue’s RootMetrics takes an inside look at that question,… Read More

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How to buy a phone: Watch the AmazonWireless rap video

Buying a new mobile phone can be a serious pain. To sort through the mess, Amazon.com has resorted to short-form video vignettes to tout its wireless store. The online retailer recently partnered with Zooppa to host the Amazon Freedom to Choose Video Contest, asking for video submissions of 60-seconds or less that best show how Amazon.com… Read More

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Centri raises $1.6M to help carriers boost performance

More and more smartphones are ending up in the hands of Americans, and with those new devices come added stresses on wireless networks. Seattle startup Centri, which plans to launch its technology next week, has scored $1.6 million in funding from members of the Alliance of Angels and others. Vaughan Emery declined to disclose the… Read More

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Clearwire boosts wholesale subscriber count as headwinds mount

Investors have been treating  Clearwire as if it is pretty much dead. But the Kirkland broadband wireless company today preannounced selected third quarter results showing that wholesale subscriber growth jumped 29 percent to 1.9 million subscribers and revenues topped analysts’ estimates, coming in at $332 million. Wall Street is responding, pushing the stock up more… Read More

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Seattle trio accused of crazy high-tech crime spree

A federal grand jury indictment announced today against three Seattle men reads like the plot for a high-tech crime novel — accusing them of hacking into wireless networks using long-range antennas on a specially equipped vehicle, using lost and stolen laptops to gain access to corporate networks, burglarizing businesses to upload password-stealing malware, using that… 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