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MetroPCS Shareholders Bless T-Mobile Union

T-Mobile can breathe a sigh of relief: After an initial show of reluctance by MetroPCS Communication investors, 80 percent approved its sale to T-Mobile at a special shareholder meeting held on Wednesday. T-Mobile reportedly sweetened its bid for the company to bring on board those shareholders who ...

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CTIA’s Eye-Opening Competition

As a judge in CTIA's annual wireless competition, I was looking for what's new, earthshaking and transformative, and I was very impressed with many entries. I think you will be as well. Every few years there is an earthquake in the wireless industry -- something new that redefines and transforms eve...

Q1 Wireless Gains Can’t Help AT&T Chase Down Verizon

AT&T slightly missed analyst expectations on its first quarter earnings report this week, despite solid growth on the wireless data side of the business and record smartphone sales. The company reported net income of $3.7 billion, a slight increase from the $3.6 billion it reported a year earlie...

Q1 Wireless Gains Can’t Help AT&T Chase Down Verizon

AT&T slightly missed analyst expectations on its first quarter earnings report this week, despite solid growth on the wireless data side of the business and record smartphone sales. The company reported net income of $3.7 billion, a slight increase from the $3.6 billion it reported a year earlie...

Preparing for a Disaster: Keeping Communications Alive

Disaster communications tech has become a hot topic, spurred in part by last fall's Hurricane Sandy, where major swaths of New York City were rendered without some business-level communications such as those provided by cell networks. Images of civilians roaming ravaged streets looking for a socket ...

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Wireless: Fertile Ground for Wheeling and Dealing

Thanks to countless conversations with reporters, I have developed a crystal clear idea of why Dish Network and SoftBank want to acquire Sprint Nextel. It has less to do with wireless carrier ambitions, and much more to do with the future -- being leaders in a new space that's still largely under th...

Dish Stirs the Pot With $25B Sprint Bid

Dish Network set up a battle with SoftBank for ownership of Sprint after it bid $25.5 billion for the company on Monday. The bid consists of $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in stock. That works out to a combined premium of 13 percent over what SoftBank is offering. The merger will create an i...

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The Wild and Wonderful Future of Wireless

The wireless industry is in the middle of a transformation. That means there are many new opportunities going forward, but there are many new challenges as well. Which ideas, companies and sectors will win is the question. I have been a wireless and technology industry analyst for more than 25 years...

At 40, Cellphones Are Sexier but Still Lousy Conversationalists

Forty years after Motorola Communications' Martin Cooper placed the world's first call over a cellphone in 1973, the audio quality on mobile devices probably isn't much better than that initial call. Although cellphones have evolved from the first brick-sized contraptions that weighed a couple of po...

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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Dims Apple’s Glow

Talk about attracting attention. As I write this, there are more than a thousand recent news stories and opinion pieces on the Google News site about the brand new Samsung Galaxy S4. That's an incredible win for a company that a few short years ago wasn't well known in the wireless business. Since S...

T-Mobile Deal’s Fate Now in MetroPCS Investors’ Hands

Following Tuesday's final approval by the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, the focus now shifts to some MetroPCS shareholders who have raised last-minute objections to their proposed merger with T-Mobile. The wireless carriers announced the deal in October, claim...

Consumer Signal Booster: An Electronic Gadget Grows Up

There's a little-known electronic gadget -- one that's generally not available alongside the colorful big-screen TVs and bass-pounding sound systems in seductive, sparkly urban consumer-electronics mega-stores -- that can be a life-changing device, nonetheless. For some people, it's much more import...

FTC Gives HTC a Good Shaking Over Bungled Security

The Federal Trade Commission last week reached a settlement with HTC America over charges the company failed to take reasonable steps to secure the software in its smartphones and tablet computers. The security flaws could have compromised the privacy of millions of consumers, the agency said. This ...

DoJ Tosses Monkey Wrench Into Sprint-Softbank Merger Plans

Citing national security concerns, the Justice Department on Tuesday asked the FCC to put the brakes on the pending Sprint-Softbank merger. The DoJ, FBI and DHS are reviewing the buy for national security, law enforcement and public safety concerns, according to a letter Justice sent to the FCC. "We...

Google Plans Mysterious Wireless Network Project

Google has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a new or modified radio station for an experimental radio service other than broadcast. The initial base station will be deployed on Google's campus in Mountain View, Calif. It appears the company intends to build a dense...

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