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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...

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...

T-Mobile Finally Gets Some Respect

After six years of watching helplessly as competing providers basked in the iPhone's glory, T-Mobile is going to start offering the coveted device as well. The carrier made the much-anticipated announcement at an event Tuesday morning, where it also revealed plans to step up its 4G network rollout.

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...

T-Mobile, MetroPCS Merger Gets More Wind in Its Sails

The T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger has moved one step closer to the finish line now that the Department of Justice has signaled it doesn't oppose the deal. The department allowed a required waiting period to pass without objection, Deutsche Telekom said Wednesday, bringing the deal to an "important stagin...

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...

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In Search of Linux’s Greatest Moment

There's no denying that Linux has had a lot of great moments since the turn of the millennium, and Linux Girl has done her best to highlight each and every one of them -- at least over the past six or so of those years. Recently, however, the question was the subject of a new poll that prompted vigo...

Google May Set Up Shop Around the Corner

Google may be planning to launch an ambitious brick-and-mortar retail operation to show off its consumer products. It will open standalone retail stores across the U.S. in time for the holidays, according to the latest rumor, to showcase its Nexus tablets, Chromebooks, Glass and other products. The ...

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BlackBerry’s Do-or-Die Marketing Challenge

Frank Boulben is the new chief marketing officer at BlackBerry and he has his hands full. Did you ever stand in front of a mountain of work and wonder how to get started? Marketing was one of several key weaknesses before RIM became BlackBerry. Can Boulben refresh, reinvigorate and save the smartpho...

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Google Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona: Best of Both Worlds

In 1996, two Stanford University students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, created a unique search engine called "BackRub" that ran on the school's server. After one year, BackRub's bandwidth outgrew the university's needs. Its creators rebranded BackRub into Google, a respelled reference to "googol." I...

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...

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