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March 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

T-Mobile shakes up wireless, adds LTE and iPhone, drops contracts

The wireless industry is broken, consumers are being shafted by carriers and they’re paying outrageous prices for phones.

That’s according to John Legere, chief executive of T-Mobile USA, who rolled out a dramatically new strategy to revive the Bellevue-based company. Highlights include the launch of its LTE service; simplified, no-contract billing plans and a version of the iPhone 5 coming to T-Mobile on April 12.

In an expletive-laced opening to a press event in New York, Legere said the “industry is broken” and “we’re going to fix it.”

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Comments | Topics: Apple, AT&T, Gadgets & products

March 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

LTE speed test: AT&T fastest, then Verizon

With every wireless carrier saying they’ve got amazing 4G service, it’s hard to decide where you’ll get the most for your $70 per month service plan.

Bellevue-based RootMetrics is helping with its reports measuring speeds and availability of wireless coverage in major markets across the country. Its latest report looks at which of the top four carriers are offering the fastest speeds on both their LTE and existing networks.

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Comments | Topics: 4G, AT&T, LTE

December 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

T-Mobile upgrades Seattle network, ready for iPhone

T-Mobile USA today announced upgrades to its network, in several cities, including its hometown Seattle region. The company said the upgrades will improve voice and data service, signal strength and coverage inside buildings. T-Mobile’s making the upgrade in part by reallocating spectrum that had been used for 2G service. It’s still supporting 2G phones, but customers…

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Comments | Topics: 4G, AT&T, Broadband

November 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Review: Windows Phone 8 on Lumia 920, HTC 8X

It turns out the old saying about Microsoft applies to Windows Phones, as well: Wait for the third version of its products because it takes the company a few tries to really nail it. Maybe that’s why so few people bought Windows Phones when the new platform debuted in 2010. Those who waited will be pleased with…

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Comments | Topics: 4G, Android, Apple

September 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Thoughts on Amazon’s new Kindles: Ads, phones and more

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Here are six more thoughts on Amazon.com’s Kindle launch — one for every new model the ambitious Seattle tech giant introduced at Thursday’s launch gala inside an airplane hangar here. Don’t dismiss the rumors of a Kindle smartphone just yet. It’s still early days for Amazon’s Kindle business, which could release phones and…

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Comments | Topics: "with offers", 4G, ads

July 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Wireless bills biting into consumer spending?

Here’s my theory on the ominous decline in consumer spending, the widening crack in the economy that suggests leaner times ahead. When the Commerce Department reported the spending slowdown last week, unemployment and stagnant wages received the blame. But I think there’s another reason Americans are cutting back: They’re trying to pay their enormous bills…

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