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AT&T offering iPhone 5 refurbished starting at $99

AT&T offering iPhone 5 refurbished starting at $99

Two months after making its debut, refurbished models of the iPhone 5 are now becoming available from AT&T. For as low as $99, you can get Apple's latest smartphone after signing a two-year contract -- this is half off of the normal price. Granted, it's a refurbished model, but if you know anything about Apple's refurbished items, is that they usually do a bang-up job to restore their products to like-new condition.

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FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters, the FCC is considering having carriers provide information on how well their networks performed in a disaster. The requirement would only concern major natural disasters, and will provide consumers with relevant information, such as how their carrier performed compared with other carriers. The issue is one of several slated for discussion during several hearings the FCC has scheduled throughout 2013.

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Verizon waives voice and text charges for Sandy victims

Verizon waives voice and text charges for Sandy victims

Verizon has done a lot of great things to help with the recovery effort after Hurricane Sandy, and today it added one more altruistic thing to its list. The company announced that customers living in some areas hit hard by Sandy won't be charged for voice and text usage for the period spanning October 29 to November 16. This means Verizon customers have about a two-and-a-half week period where they don't have to worry about incurring text or voice charges, which will surely be nice for those who were hit hardest by Sandy.

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BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

While there's still a lot we don't know about BlackBerry 10 (like its release date), RIM CEO Thorsten Heins delivered some very encouraging news today. In a new statement, RIM's head honcho said that the new mobile operating system and some of the devices it runs on have entered testing with a number of the company's carrier partners. This suggests that RIM is still on track to launch BlackBerry 10 in Q1 2013.

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AT&T and T-Mobile team up to share networks in New York and New Jersey

AT&T and T-Mobile team up to share networks in New York and New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy might finally be winding down, but that doesn't mean life is back to normal. The storm ended up knocking out 25% of cell towers across 10 states, which leaves a ton of mobile subscribers without service. However, AT&T and T-Mobile are teaming up to share their respective networks with each other in New York and New Jersey until full cellular service can be brought back up.

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MetroPCS shareholders sue to block T-Mobile merger

MetroPCS shareholders sue to block T-Mobile merger

MetrosPCS shareholders have filed a lawsuit to block a merger with T-Mobile USA, claiming that the MetroPCS board is “serving its own financial interests.” The lawsuit is against T-Mobile and its parent company Deutsche Telekom in addition to MetroPCS' board of directors and CEO. According to the current deal in place, the shareholders will receive $1.5 billion cash and a 26% stake in the company, with the German Deutsche Telekom holding the other 74%.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger may not close until Q2 2013

T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger may not close until Q2 2013

After a bunch of rumors, last week the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS became official. At the time, T-Mobile executives were saying that the merger would close sometime in the first half of 2013, and today, T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom is getting a little more specific about that window. In an interview with German newspaper Boersenzeitung (as reported by Reuters), Deutsche Telekom CFO Timotheus Hoettges said that money probably won't change hands until the second quarter of next year.

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