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AT&T purchase of Leap Wireless brings Cricket under new ownership

AT&T purchase of Leap Wireless brings Cricket under new ownership

AT&T has announced that it will be acquiring Leap Wireless for the hefty sum of about $1.19 billion, something that will bring the prepaid service Cricket under its ownership. The move still needs to be approved by regulators, but one source who spoke to The Wall Street Journal states that there are "pretty good" odds it will go through.

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T-Mobile “JUMP” unlimited upgrades and what it means for consumers

T-Mobile “JUMP” unlimited upgrades and what it means for consumers

When you sit down and read the rules involved in the current web of oddities known as smartphone contracts, it's easy to find surprisingly complex ins and outs. T-Mobile has suggested several times over the past several months that they will be aiming to take an axe to tradition, making way for their own, much more "consumer friendly" rules. Here with what they're calling "Jump", T-Mobile says they'll be turning the upgrade process on its head, allowing consumers to upgrade from their current smartphone to a new phone with the same prices a new customer would pay.

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BlackBerry Q10 hitting Verizon and T-Mobile next month

BlackBerry Q10 hitting Verizon and T-Mobile next month

With all of the BlackBerry news coming your way today, it's easy to forget about the BlackBerry Q10 and that it's coming to Verizon and T-Mobile in the US later next month. Both carriers made the announcement today that the new QWERTY-equipped Q10 running BlackBerry 10 will arrive at Verizon and T-Mobile in June, although exact dates weren't disclosed.

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ESPN streaming content subsidization: mobile carriers mull partial payment

ESPN streaming content subsidization: mobile carriers mull partial payment

As most carriers have now moved toward using data caps and effectively got rid of unlimited data plans, it seems there are still some big companies out there that feel bad for the users, ESPN being one of them. The sports media network has reportedly been in talks with at least one major carrier about paying them as a subsidy so that streamed ESPN video wouldn't count against users' data caps.

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North Korea has millions of 3G subscribers, says Koryolink CEO

North Korea has millions of 3G subscribers, says Koryolink CEO

North Korea's relationship with the world wide web has been mostly non-existent, with most of those who reside in the nation being forbade from accessing the Internet. Slowly, however, connectivity has leaked into the northern Korean nation, which now has nearly 2 million 3G subscribers, according to service provider Koryolink's CEO Ezz Heikal.

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T-Mobile settles “uncarrier” deceptive claims dispute with refunds and ad changes

T-Mobile settles “uncarrier” deceptive claims dispute with refunds and ad changes

Since its March 26 unveiling, T-Mobile has been aggressively pushing the plan changes it has made, alterations that it says make it America's "Uncarrier." Such claims were challenged in Washington, where the state Attorney General's Office initiated an investigation into the carrier's advertisements. The investigation resulted with T-Mobile being accused of making deceptive statements about its plans.

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AT&T adds 1.2 million smartphone customers in Q1 2013

AT&T adds 1.2 million smartphone customers in Q1 2013

AT&T released its Q1 2013 quarterly earnings today, and the carrier added quite a few customers to its user base. 1.2 million smartphone customers signed on with AT&T during the quarter, with 296,000 postpaid customers being added on as well. As for financial results, the company netted $3.7 billion off of $31.36 billion in revenue.

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AT&T rolls out new online scheduling tool for in-store appointments

AT&T rolls out new online scheduling tool for in-store appointments

AT&T has begun offering the opportunity to schedule an appointment at any one of their retail locations, similar to the Apple Store's Genius Bar. Customers will be able to go online on AT&T's website and schedule an in-store appointment if you're having problems with your service or if you just have general questions.

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Carriers will now provide high bill alerts, says FCC

Carriers will now provide high bill alerts, says FCC

The FCC has announced that ahead of yesterday's deadline, carriers have instituted an alert system that will give subscribers a heads up when they're nearing what will be a large bill. This follows many stories about unsuspecting consumers who have gone about their daily mobile usage, only to be faced with a massive bill at the end of the month for exceeding their limits.

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Verizon introduces $35 prepaid plans for feature phones

Verizon introduces $35 prepaid plans for feature phones

While smartphones may be the way of the dragon for a lot of subscribers nowadays, there are still plenty of luddites to go around. It turns out that feature phones (a.k.a. not smartphones) are still fairly prevalent in today's world, and Verizon just announced a new plan for those types of users to take advantage of. $35 per month will land you 500 voice minutes and unlimited texting and mobile web data.

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AT&T expands LTE to 14 new markets

AT&T expands LTE to 14 new markets

It's no doubt that AT&T is trying to catch up to Verizon when it comes to their LTE network, but AT&T is slowly gaining ground. The carrier announced today that they've added LTE in 14 new markets in various areas across the US, including Mount Vernon, Washington and Fresno, California. Customers in these areas will now be able to get faster speeds while browsing on the go.

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Verizon completes acquisition of Mohave Wireless

Verizon completes acquisition of Mohave Wireless

While it may not be as big of an acquisition between T-Mobile and MetroPCS, Verizon announced today that its acquisition with regional carrier Mohave Wireless is now complete. The Mohave, Arizona-based wireless carrier (hence the name), is now in the hands of Verizon, and Big Red now has 100% control and ownership of the smaller carrier, buying them from Frontier Communications and Rio Virgin.

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