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February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

New Windows 8 PC phone revealed, plus tablet and desktop

One of the most intriguing new phones being unveiled at this week’s big wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, may be a sleek new Windows model developed in Redmond. It’s not coming from Microsoft, which will have a relatively low profile at this year’s   Mobile World Congress. The  phone I’m most curious about is being made by a…

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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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December 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

T-Mobile finally getting iPhone, inks Apple deal

T-Mobile USA will finally start offering Apple products in 2013. T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, confirmed today that the companies have reached a deal after years of effort by T-Mobile. The news was released at an investor conference in Bonn where the company said Apple products and a massive investment in LTE wireless broadband are part of…

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June 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Verizon unveils shared data plans, sea change begins?

Verizon Wireless today announced new shared data plans, a move that could lead to a shake-up in how people in the U.S. pay for wireless broadband on mobile devices. As more consumers use multiple wireless devices including phones, tablets and even Web-enabled cars, the old billing models that require minimum data plans per device make less…

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May 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Q&A: T-Mobile CEO on layoffs, iPhone, mergers and more

After a detour through Dallas, Philipp Humm is finally getting to reshape T-Mobile USA.

Humm reinvigorated T-Mobile’s German business before parent company Deutsche Telekom sent him to Bellevue in 2010, to rev up America’s fourth largest wireless company. But before Humm could make his mark here, Dallas-based AT&T moved to buy his company for $39 billion.

That left T-Mobile in limbo and hemorrhaging subscribers through much of 2011, until the merger collapsed under regulatory scrutiny in December.

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Before it was over, T-Mobile took another hit from the new Apple iPhone, which launched in October — on the networks of T-Mobile’s three large competitors.

Once the dust settled, the athletic German sprung into action.

In February he announced a $4 billion upgrade to LTE network technology going online in 2013. In March he consolidated call centers, closing seven of 24 In April, the company began re-branding itself as more aggressive and tech-oriented.

May’s initiative — announced last week — is a broad restructuring that includes flattening management and cutting slower-growth areas of the businesses. About 900 layoffs resulted, but Humm said 550 positions will be added through the year.

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February 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

HTC exec on Nokia-Microsoft deal: Been there

The top executive at HTC’s U.S. headquarters said he’s not too worried about Nokia hooking up with Microsoft and the deal validates HTC’s approach to the smartphone business. After getting an early boost from Microsoft, HTC has emerged as a leading producer of advanced phones, claiming higher-end market share that Nokia’s hoping to win back with…

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February 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Poll: Is the iPhone so bad on AT&T you’ll switch to Verizon?

It’s hard to tell what’s really going on with iPhone network coverage in the Seattle area. AT&T coverage problems in New York and San Francisco are magnified because of the concentration of media outlets in those cities. Some reports have suggested AT&T is actually better in the Seattle area than Verizon, but you wouldn’t know it…

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