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AT&T Wheels and Deals to Fend Off Spectrum Squeeze

AT&T has reached an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network to buy its wireless assets for $780 million. The deal will add approximately 585,000 subscribers -- mainly in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina -- to AT&T's user ranks. Perhaps more importantly, AT&T...

AT&T Wheels and Deals to Fend Off Spectrum Squeeze

AT&T has reached an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network to buy its wireless assets for $780 million. The deal will add approximately 585,000 subscribers -- mainly in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina -- to AT&T's user ranks. Perhaps more importantly, AT&T...

Dish Meddles With Sprint-Softbank Merger

Dish Network has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to pause its review of Softbank's proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Sprint while the two companies battle over their bids to buy Clearwire. Dish contended in a filing this week that the FCC's review of Softbank's acquisition is "u...

Dish Makes Bid to Run Away With Clearwire

Dish Network has made a multifaceted offer to acquire all or part of Clearwire, potentially complicating Sprint's recent proposal to acquire the rest of the wireless network operator. Sprint, which is already Clearwire's majority stakeholder, last month announced a proposal to buy the remaining 49 p...

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CES 2013: Plenty of Innovation In Store

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off Jan. 8 in Las Vegas, and it looks like it will be another big success. So what will be hot during this year's show? There are plenty of new ideas that will wow you. Let's take a quick peek at what we can expect. Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics As...

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iPhone, Android or Something Completely Different?

Two questions: 1) Which is the best smartphone for you -- an Apple iPhone or one running Google's Android operating system? 2) Which carrier is best for you? A word to the wise -- choose carefully. Once you start down either path, chances are you will stay on it. Why? Because these companies are bui...

The New ‘Don’t Be Greedy’ MVNO Business Model

You're not imagining things if you're noticing more mobile network brands than ever before. The newcomers are MVNOs -- companies that lease spectrum from major networks and resell it to end-users. It's easier than ever to escape the clutches of a cellphone contract by taking advantage of some of th...

Sprint Chases Clearwire Buyout Deal

Sprint Nextel has made a $2.1 billion offer for the shares of Clearwire that it doesn't already own, according to a regulatory filing. The news comes after rumors surfaced earlier this week that the company was in talks with Intel and Comcast to buy out their stakes. The offer, which works out to $2...

FreedomPop Dishes Up Free Data in Broadband Offensive

FreedomPop is looking to disrupt the cable and DSL business model by offering free wireless Internet service to home users. The startup on Wednesday began taking orders for an $89 modem that will provide online access to as many as 10 WiFi-enabled devices in the home, at speeds faster than digital s...

Auto Apps: The Secret Sauce in the Safety, Connectivity Combo

Motor vehicle safety has been a thorn in the side of the auto industry since Model T Fords rattled their way across the big-sky American landscape a hundred years ago. The industry's introduction of the safety cage during the sepia-toned first half of the 20th century was the start of a concerted...

T-Mobile May Pull Off a Painless iPhone Launch

Buried halfway through a wordy investment statement from Deutsch Telekom: "T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013." Those 17 words launched a frenzy of speculation. Was this finally the agreement that T-Mobile had been waiting for? Would it...

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C Spire Gets Into the Shared-Data Game

C Spire Wireless is joining AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless in offering a shared data plan for its wireless service. This lets customers bundle all of their mobile devices on one plan. In general, I like the idea, but shared data plans aren't for everyone. All of these plans are similar, but ...

The Skies Have It: Affordable Broadband Internet for All

The rural broadband delivery business is rapidly changing. When Dish Network's super-cheap broadband-via-satellite service, dishNET, went live in October, it prompted a satellite Internet price-war. dishNET download speeds reach 10 Mbps. Service starts at $39.99 a month for 10 GB of data at 5 Mbps i...

CR’s Cellphone Service Rankings May Help Businesses More Than Consumers

It's that time of year again: Consumer Reports has published its annual list of best cellphone carriers. Verizon is at the top, having received the most favorable scores for voice and data service quality. It also scored well for staff knowledge and resolution of issues. Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&...

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AT&T’s Wide-Lens View of the Wireless Industry

Earlier this week, I attended the industry analyst meeting for AT&T Mobility in Atlanta, where the discussion encompassed where the company came from, where it is today, and where it is heading tomorrow. I found the content both valuable and enlightening for customers, investors -- and of course...

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