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ZTE Quantum smartphone surfaces with 13MP camera and 5-inch display

ZTE Quantum smartphone surfaces with 13MP camera and 5-inch display

Our friends over at Android Police surfaced a leak of ZTE's Quantum smartphone, which is destined for Sprint. The handset is shown as being the N8910 model, and while it isn't the highest end handset out there, the specs certainly make this smartphone worth checking out. You can check out some pictures of the phone after the jump.

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Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

The purchase of a controlling stake in Sprint's business here in the United States has become a bit of a circus when it comes to companies stepping in with complaints here in the spring of 2013. The plan was first tipped back in October of 2012 and confirmed that same month with a 70% stake in Sprint being agreed upon for $20.1 billion dollars, purchased by Japan-based mobile carrier Softbank. Since that announcement, we've seen protests from AT&T, the Dish Network, and now the real deal US Department of Justice - it appears that there are going to be some delays, needless to say.

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Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

This week the folks at Dish Network have made it clear that they're going to go hardcore with their business tactics when it comes to attaining Clearwire - their methods including hitting the competition where it hurts: Sprint's merger with Softbank. Several months ago Softbank made a bid to attain US-based Sprint while Sprint made a bid to attain Clearwire, their ability to purchase Clearwire being based on they themselves being purchased by Softbank. Because Dish Network sees Softbank's acquisition of Sprint as contingent on Sprint's future purchase of Clearwire, they've filed for the whole stack of cards to come tumbling down.

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Sprint grabs 100% of Clearwire in $2.2bn deal

Sprint grabs 100% of Clearwire in $2.2bn deal

Sprint will acquire 100-percent of mobile broadband network Clearwire in a deal worth $2.2bn, the carriers have confirmed, with Clearwire valued at around $10bn in total and Sprint planning to use the extra spectrum for new LTE roll-out. The deal, which had been rumored for some weeks, sees Clearwire's board accept $2.97 per each share Sprint does not currently own; the carrier was already a majority shareholder in Clearwire.

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Sprint offers $2.1bn for Clearwire (as long as Softbank deal goes through)

Sprint offers $2.1bn for Clearwire (as long as Softbank deal goes through)

Sprint has made a $2.1bn offer for Clearwire, hoping to snatch up the remaining shares of the WiMAX carrier so as to gain full control over its valuable wireless spectrum holdings. The deal, revealed in an SEC filing, would see Sprint pay $2.90 per share, with 48.3-percent of the overall shares still out of its control; others with a stake in Clearwire include Intel and Comcast.

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Sources tip Sprint and Clearwire are in active negotiations

Sources tip Sprint and Clearwire are in active negotiations

Sprint and wireless broadband provider Clearwire have been working together for several years. Sprint currently owns about 51% of Clearwire and has eyes to own the whole enchilada. Rumors have circulated for months now that Sprint was in negotiations to purchase all of Clearwire.

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Four big carriers plan to roll out text-to-911 by 2014

Four big carriers plan to roll out text-to-911 by 2014

The big four wireless carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, have reached an agreement to enable text-to-911 service in 2014. The agreement has been shipped off to the FCC, which will discuss the matter on December 12. While the agreement won't bring the ability to text emergency services to all wireless users by 2014, it will give the service a large boost in that direction.

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Verizon lauded by Consumer Reports: Only LTE earns AT&T approval

Verizon lauded by Consumer Reports: Only LTE earns AT&T approval

Verizon's cellphone service has come out top of the pack for major US carriers, with sterling 4G performance the only thing to rescue AT&T from poor ratings across the board. Based on a survey of more than 63,000 subscribers by Consumer Reports, the feedback praised Verizon for its voice and data quality, the knowledge of staff, and how promptly issues were resolved.

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FCC provides Hurricane Sandy cellphone disruption data

FCC provides Hurricane Sandy cellphone disruption data

Yesterday it was reported that 25% of cell phone towers in 10 states had been knocked out by Hurricane Sandy, as well as 25% of cable services, and a small number of emergency call centers. Now, according to the FCC, that number has dropped a few percentage points. Homes without cable TV and wired broadband is now "well under 20-percent."

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Clearwire chooses Huawei for LTE network

Clearwire chooses Huawei for LTE network

Huawei is a Chinese company that offers all sorts of hardware for mobile networks and other network systems. The Chinese company has been at the center of spying allegations made by the US government suggesting that Huawei may be allowing the Chinese government access to American network systems. Huawei continues to strenuously object to these claims and has offered access to its source code in an attempt to prove it's not facilitating Chinese spying on America.

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AT&T carefully objects to Softbank’s Sprint deal

AT&T carefully objects to Softbank’s Sprint deal

With a single statement that's no more than three sentences long, AT&T has given what essentially amounts to a fair warning to U.S. regulators that they will not have an easy time approving of Softbank's acquisition of Sprint. Having failed at their own acquisition of T-Mobile in the USA earlier this year, it would appear that AT&T isn't going to let the Japanese carrier Softbank work with Sprint without letting them know they're watching them closely. With what AT&T says here, a clear message is sent directly to the FCC saying how the USA doesn't take kindly to outsiders buying up their market - so to speak.

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Softbank buys 70% of Sprint in $20.1bn deal

Softbank buys 70% of Sprint in $20.1bn deal

Japanese carrier Softbank has confirmed it is acquiring a majority share in Sprint, in a deal worth $20.1bn expected to be closed by mid-2013. The deal, rumored last week, will see Softbank pay $12.1bn to Sprint's existing shareholders to snap up the struggling US CDMA carrier, with the remaining $8bn used to "strengthen Sprint's balance sheet." The acquisition will see Softbank attempt to bring some Japanese-style LTE magic to Sprint's network in the US, with current CEO Dan Hesse remaining on in his position.

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