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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

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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October 3, 2012 at 7:23 AM

With T-Mobile / MetroPCS deal, Puget Sound lands another giant

T-Mobile USA finally found a dance partner. The Bellevue-based company today confirmed that it’s merging with Dallas-based MetroPCS in a deal that will speed T-Mobile’s rollout of a 4G LTE network and strengthen the bargain section of the wireless market. It will take a few years to see whether the merged company overtakes Sprint and poses a…

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Comments | Topics: 4G, deal, LTE

October 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

T-Mobile may merge with MetroPCS, go public

It looks like Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA is about to get much bigger. Parent company Deutsche Telekom today confirmed that it’s considering merging T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS, a move that would increase T-Mobile’s reach by nearly a third and speed up its rollout of 4G LTE service. Dallas-based MetroPCS began offering LTE service on its network in January…

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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

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