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MetroPCS adds data plans for tablets, sells Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7

10/24, 3:21pm

Tablet plans from MetroPCS include unlimited data, 4G allowances

MetroPCS is offering tablets on its service for the first time, and has introduced a new set of data-only price plans for the mobile devices at the same time. The first tablet offered by T-Mobile's prepaid brand, usable on the new tariffs, is the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7, a mid-ranged Android tablet with a 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display.

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MetroPCS loosens data caps, expands coverage to 10 new markets

09/04, 10:43am

$40 plan doubles data from 500MB to 1GB

T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS has announced several important changes, the most important being the loosening of its 4G data caps. Customers on the carrier's $40-per-month plan are getting their cap raised from 500MB to 1GB. The $50 plan is getting a similar boost, from 2.5GB to 3GB.

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ZTE Concord II ships on T-Mobile, heading to MetroPCS on May 19th

05/15, 9:46am

Budget-specification ZTE Concord II has 4-inch 480x800 display

The ZTE Concord II budget-ranged smartphone is arriving on T-Mobile and MetroPCS, the carriers have revealed. The device, running Android 4.3, uses a 4-inch, 480x800-resolution display with Gorilla Glass 2, backed by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage.

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T-Mobile 'very interested' in adding iPhone to MetroPCS

05/02, 12:15pm

Prepaid brand likely to get older iPhones

T-Mobile USA is "very interested" in bringing the iPhone to its MetroPCS prepaid brand, says CMO Mike Sievert. MetroPCS was bought by T-Mobile last year, giving it an expanded reach. It has not, however benefited from T-Mobile becoming an official iPhone carrier in September 2013.

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Briefly: Google refunds fake-app purchases, Galaxy S5 on MetroPCS

04/21, 8:15am

Google refunds, provides extra credit to buyers of fake antivirus tool

Google is providing refunds to buyers of the fake Virus Shield app for Android. Discovered by Android Police, the paid $3.99 app was discovered to just switch between different sets of graphics, and failed to provide any protection. The app was removed from the Play Store shortly after the discovery, with more than 10,000 downloads recorded. Google has started to send e-mails to affected customers, promising a refund within 14 days and a $5 promotional credit for Google Play.

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T-Mobile boosts LTE in North Dallas, will offer data-less price plan

12/08, 1:15pm

Bandwidth increase in North Dallas uses MetroPCS spectrum

T-Mobile is putting the spectrum gained from its merger with MetroPCS to good use, by upgrading the bandwidth of its LTE spectrum in North Dallas. News of the speed increase comes at the same time as details of a new data-less price plan are revealed, one which the carrier is launching in the United States later today.

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AT&T beats Verizon in latest customer care satisfaction survey

08/01, 2:58pm

Sprint, T-Mobile lowest-scoring amongst contract carriers

AT&T has earned first place in a customer care survey of major full service mobile phone networks in the United States, narrowly beating out Verizon, with MetroPCS heading up the non-contract list. The study by J.D. Power also states that the overall level of satisfaction with customer care from carriers has also increased to its highest level since 2009.

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MetroPCS expands network by 15 markets, launches Lumia 521, Optimus F3

07/26, 11:07am

Expansion to 19 new cities could help pull customers from Cricket Wireless

MetroPCS has expanded its network by another 15 markets, making the carrier effectively double its reach in less than three months. The roll out to 19 new cities is accompanied by the addition of two new 4G LTE-enabled smartphones for the phone network, namely the LG Optimus F3, and the carrier's first Windows Phone 8 device, the Nokia Lumia 521.

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Briefly: MetroPCS teases Galaxy S4 launch, Now TV on PlayStation 3

07/05, 1:26pm

MetroPCS uses Vine to tease Samsung Galaxy S4 launch next week

MetroPCS is hinting at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on its network next week. A teaser video, posted on Vine and shown on the MetroPCS Twitter account, shows the sum "Samsung Galaxy S III + 1 = ?," suggesting that the company will reveal the device. It is believed by Engadget that the smartphone will not have HSPA access, usable on T-Mobile, but will likely have support for its LTE network.

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MetroPCS starts Bring Your Own Phone GSM-based service in four cities

06/13, 5:59am

Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Las Vegas first to offer unlocked device service

MetroPCS has launched its Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) service, and is starting with a small initial area rollout. Rumored earlier this month, the BYOP service will allow customers to bring unlocked GSM devices they already own to the carrier, and will initially work in Boston, Dallas, Hartford, and Las Vegas before becoming more widely available.

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MetroPCS to use T-Mobile network later this month, opens BYOP scheme

06/04, 9:49am

Adds two GSM phones to roster, will allow unlocked GSM devices on network

MetroPCS will soon start to allow customers to use the T-Mobile GSM network instead of the existing CDMA one, according to leaked internal documents. The carrier will be adding two new GSM devices to its catalog in the near future, following its successful merger with T-Mobile, and will start offering a Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) service for GSM devices.

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MetroPCS bows out of Net Neutrality lawsuit against FCC

05/17, 9:26pm

Withdrawal filed to not burden combined company with pending suit

In a court motion filed earlier today, MetroPCS is dropping its net neutrality opposition lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. The company filed a motion for voluntary dismissal, leaving Verizon to willingly fight the decree and US government on its own.

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T-Mobile: MetroPCS customers won't get iPhone option just yet

05/01, 6:00pm

CEO says Metro iPhone 'not imminent,' but is discussing options

The now-official merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS into T-Mobile US will not immediately change options for no-contract MetroPCS customers in the way of being able to upgrade to an iPhone under their present arrangements, CEO John Legere said in an interview. While not closing the door on either changes to MetroPCS policies or a no-contract iPhone option in the future, Legere said that MetroPCS' nine million customers will not see iPhones offered anytime soon. He also mentioned that the company is discussing the matter with Apple.

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Merger of T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS finalized, trading as T-Mobile US

05/01, 9:24am

Final merger confirmed one week after MetroPCS shareholder vote

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have now completed their merger, and are now one company. The formation of the new entity, known as T-Mobile US and trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TMUS, comes one week after MetroPCS shareholders voted to approve the merger after some improvements, a process which started in October last year.

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MetroPCS shareholders approve merger with T-Mobile USA

04/24, 11:05am

Shareholder vote succeeds after Deutsche Telekom sweetens deal

Shareholders of MetroPCS have reportedly approved the merger of the carrier with the fourth-largest mobile phone network, the Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile USA. A shareholder vote for the proposal is the last hurdle for the merger to take place, after both the FCC and Department of Justice gave their approval last month with no negative commentary.

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Deutsche Telekom improves T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger terms

04/11, 7:09am

Change in proposal forces delay in MetroPCS shareholder vote

Deutsche Telekom has updated its proposal to merge T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS with more favorable financial terms, in an effort to get shareholders to vote for the deal. The changes to the proposal, which has been deemed its "best and final offer," has forced MetroPCS to delay the final shareholder vote until April 24th.

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MetroPCS adds Premia 4G smartphone to LTE catalog

03/21, 12:58pm

Huawei smartphone offers 4-inch touchscreen, $150 price tag

MetroPCS has added to its roster of 4G LTE devices with a new smartphone from Huawei, following on from the $150 Activa 4G launched by the carrier last year. The Premia 4G has a 4-inch touchscreen display than its predecessor, with an 800x480-pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass protection, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM.

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FCC greenlights T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

03/12, 4:58pm

Combined carrier will provide service to 33.2 million customers

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allowed T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom to merge its US wireless division with MetroPCS. The FCC believes that the combination will speed LTE deployment, expand MetroPCS into new markets, and overall build a stronger and faster national telecommunications network. The deal, announced in October, would see the nation's fourth-largest carrier merging with its fifth-largest. MetroPCS' 9.3 million-strong customer base would be added to T-Mobile's existing 33.2 million customers

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US Justice Dept allows T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger to proceed

03/06, 3:50pm

US DOJ allows 30-day antitrust waiting period to expire unhindered

The merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS has been given the go-ahead to proceed by the United States Department of Justice. A 30-day waiting period, put in place by antitrust laws, has expired without the DoJ offering any objections to the merger, which would see the combined Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier and MetroPCS further embed T-Mobile's position as the fourth largest US carrier.

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T-Mobile USA Q4 results show dropped revenue year-on-year

02/28, 10:02am

Poor results could hamper impending MetroPCS merger vote

T-Mobile USA lost profits, and customers in the fourth quarter of 2012, though increased its level of revenue from the previous quarter, according to recently-released company reports. Total revenues of $4.9 billion resembles a 5.2-percent drop year-on-year, with income dropping by a quarter to $1.05 billion compared to the same quarter in the previous year.

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T-Mobile launches GoSmart prepaid service

02/19, 4:35pm

Unlimited web, throttled speeds

T-Mobile has quietly launched a prepaid cellular service marketed under the brand GoSmart Mobile. As noted by Reuters, the Deutsche Telekom division has partnered with smaller player MetroPCS to rival prepaid services offered by US competitors. GoSmart takes a slightly different approach than other services, however, bringing unlimited usage but throttling the data speeds on the cheapest plan.

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MetroPCS launches 4.5-inch LG Spirit 4G smartphone for $200

01/31, 1:58pm

Includes 5-megapixel camera, Cheese Shutter feature

MetroPCS has added the LG Spirit 4G to its growing roster of LTE-capable smartphones. The spiritual successor to the LG Motion 4G, Esteem, and Connect 4G, the Spirit 4G offers a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 960x540-resolution and protection via Gorilla Glass, as well as connectivity to the carrier's 4G LTE network.

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MetroPCS 'simple' plans with unlimited 4G LTE data option

01/10, 2:14pm

All plan tiers include unlimited calls, texts

MetroPCS has announced a set of wireless contracts for 4G LTE with a focus on simplicity, including one with unlimited data. The new mobile phone plans all include unlimited voice minutes and texts, and offer three different tiers of service, with the only differentiation being the amount of 4G data usage is permitted each month on the subscription.

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T-Mobile Q3 results show customer shift from contracts

11/08, 5:06am

T-Mobile has issued its third quarterly report for the year, which shows a shift in its customer base from contracts to prepaid services. Although the company's customer base shows a total of 160,000 more customers thanks to the iPhone 5 launch, the higher-revenue postpaid customer base has dropped by 492,000. This reduced the Average Revenue Per User to $42.78, over seven percent lower year-on-year.

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MetroPCS results claim 1 million 4G LTE user barrier broken

10/30, 9:08am

MetroPCS has passed the 1 million 4G LTE subscriber barrier, according to its third quarter results. The milestone represents approximately 12-percent of the company's total subscriber base of 9 million, itself lower than the previous quarter by over 312,000 customers, down 2-percent from the same quarter last year.

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MetroPCS to get Galaxy S III on Monday for $500

10/19, 10:23am

Galaxy S III will be the most powerful handset ever offered by MetroPCS

MetroPCS will begin offering the Samsung Galaxy S III handset on Monday, October 22, as promised. The regional carrier will sell the handset for $500 without a contract, while the high-speed LTE data plans from MetroPCS range from $30 to $70 per month. Its arrival will mark a significant milestone at MetroPCS, as it will be the most powerful, expensive, and fully-featured handset ever offered.

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T-Mobile USA in talks to buy MetroPCS

10/02, 5:38pm

Significant issues still to be finalized

T-Mobile USA's parent company has confirmed that it is in talks to buy MetroPCS Communications, and spokespersons from MetroPCS have confirmed that the talks are ongoing. The Boston Herald reported earlier today that the two carriers, might be looking to merge, though such an act would still leave T-Mobile trailing Sprint, the third-largest carrier in the nation. The talks are said to be ongoing, though Deutsche Telekom AG, the German company that owns T-Mobile USA, says that there are still "significant issues" to be finalized and a decision on the deal has not yet been made.

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MetroPCS offers least expensive 4G LTE smartphone

06/08, 12:41pm

Huawei Activa 4G at MetroPCS becomes the least expensive 4G LTE smartphone

MetroPCS is now offering the least expensive 4G LTE-capable phone on the market with the Huawei Activa 4G. Priced at just $149 without a contract, the phone is currently the price champ, though the price is said to be on for a limited time. The price does include a $50 mail-in rebate, however, so buyers will need to fork out $200 initially.

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Regional carriers blast AT&T over LTE interoperability

05/30, 10:50pm

AT&T fires back

Several regional carriers, including US Cellular and MetroPCS, have filed a report with the Federal Communications Commission that calls into question AT&T's justification for avoiding interoperability between LTE networks that operate on 700 MHz spectrum bands. AT&T established a separate band class that supports its own LTE devices, citing potential interference issues with adjacent broadcast television channels, however the regional carriers claim such interference is not a threat and AT&T's move serves instead to exclude the smaller players from the market.

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T-Mobile not interested in buying Verizon spectrum: CEO

05/10, 1:44pm

T-Mobile still opposed to Verizon spectrum buy, says Philipp Humm

T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm went on record on Thursday to say the carrier isn't interested in acquiring Verizon's 700MHz spectrum if it can buy its own. During a conference call, SlashGear reported, Humm told investors and reporters that the 700MHz block C spectrum isn't enough for T-Mobile to expand its offerings. He added that incorporating it into its business and hardware would take between three to six years.

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MetroPCS gains 132,000 users, sees profit drop 63%

04/26, 8:30am

MetroPCS delivers mixed Q1 2012 results

MetroPCS has recorded a mixed first quarter result gaining 132,000 new users, but seeing profits slump 63 percent over the same period last year. Gross income was up at $1.3 billion against $1.2 billion against the same period last year, however the costly rollout of its new 4G network had an adverse impact on its bottom. This was compounded by what it called an increase in the ‘retention expense’ of attracting new users, which it calculated as being 16 percent higher than in the past.

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MetroPCS starts throttling LTE, hikes unlimited plan rates

04/03, 11:10am

MetroPCS makes over data plan tiers, intros caps

MetroPCS has just revamped its LTE smartphone plans. The unlimited plan is up by $10 per month, now at $70, and is the only one whose speeds won't be throttled. It does include unlimited voice, texting, and data, however, along with the MetroSTUDIO Video on Demand service. The option has disappeared to pick between MetroSTUDIO and Rhapsody Unlimited.

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FCC clears look into 700MHz interoperability, 2GHz cell data

03/21, 1:05pm

FCC moves on possibly mandating 700MHz unity

The FCC in an Open Commission Meeting Wednesday morning unanimously voted to pursue possibilities for significantly improving 4G's use in the US. It would verify whether there would be any adverse effect to making the 700MHz A, B, and C blocks of spectrum interoperable, letting one roam on the other. Agency officials would want outside input on what the rules would be if there were little to no interference, as well as whether any interference might be cut back.

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Leaked images show LG Optimus M+ for MetroPCS

03/20, 10:55pm

Revision brings many improvements

MetroPCS is said to be preparing to launch LG's Optimus M+ handset, which serves as a successor to the original Optimus M. The device is claimed to offer a number of improvements, including a larger 3.5-inch display with a wider color range, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 5.0-megapixel camera sensor with flash, unnamed sources have told Pocketnow.

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LTE-capable ZTE N910 phone passes through FCC testing

03/20, 10:40am

ZTE N910 with LTE gets FCC approval

Chinese maker ZTE has successfully run its upcoming N910 LTE smartphone through the FCC. Introduced before last month's Mobile World Congress, the phone should sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch, 480x800 touchscreen, and Android 4.0. In FCC form, it received AWS Band IV and PCS Band II LTE support, meaning it will likely show up at smaller carriers such as Cricket or MetroPCS.

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T-Mobile USA urges FCC to make 700MHz LTE interoperable

03/14, 4:15pm

T-Mobile sends letter to FCC for 4G LTE roaming

T-Mobile USA has sent a letter to the FCC (PDF), asking it that all 700MHz LTE bands are interoperable between carriers. Such a move would motivate roaming and help the public in terms of safety, T-Mobile wrote. A meeting is scheduled for next week, at which the FCC will decide whether the interference between 700MHz B and C block operations could be mitigated if the lower band were to be made interoperable.

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Cricket strikes deal to use Clearwire LTE for phone coverage

03/14, 10:55am

Cricket parent Leap wholesales Clearwire LTE

Cricket's parent company Leap on Wednesday struck a deal with Clearwire to use its upcoming LTE network. The five-year pact will let Cricket users run on Clearwire's 4G in addition to the network Cricket itself plans to build. The expansion would give extra capacity where it was needed to help cope with demand, Leap chief Doug Hutcheson said.

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C Spire details first LTE cities, September launch

03/08, 1:45pm

C Spire outlines more definitive LTE plans

C Spire gave out more definitive plans for its delayed LTE rollout on Thursday. The regional carrier will focus on Mississippi and cover both the core of Jackson, the Gulf Coast, and 23 individual towns. Among the examples include Hattiesburg, Tupelo, and West Point.

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Verizon cleared to sue FCC, try to stop net neutrality

03/02, 8:00pm

Decision could strip FCC of any regulatory clout

Verizon and MetroPCS will be able to move forward with their lawsuit against the FCC and its net neutrality rules. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the case. The FCC had argued that the court didn't have jurisdiction in the matter.

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Sprint had been hours from buying MetroPCS for $8b

02/24, 6:10pm

Sprint broke off last minute MetroPCS deal

Sprint had been on the edge of buying MetroPCS, according to claims late Friday. The deal, said by CNBC to have been worth $8 billion, was broken off hours before it would have been made public. CEO Dan Hesse is believed to have greenlit the deal, only to have the board reject it.

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MetroPCS vows at least one VoLTE phone in late 2012

02/23, 6:30pm

Commitment to VoLTE still there, but timing slips

MetroPCS will be adding Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services during the second half of this year. The flat-rate wireless provider's CEO, Roger Linquist, revealed this during his quarterly analyst conference call to discuss the company's most recent financial results. He indicated that the company plans on offering at least one phone capable of supporting VoLTE.

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MetroPCS brings back Unlimited $40 4G LTE plan

02/02, 12:25pm

$40 LTE plan back at MetroPCS on more phones

MetroPCS this week brought back its Unlimited $40 per month plan for 4G handsets. It's available on the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G, LG Esteem, and Samsung Galaxy Indulge smartphones, which were only previously available with the $50 or $60 LTE plans. The same unlimited web browsing and YouTube access in addition to the same unlimited talk and text as before is included.

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MetroPCS axes $40 unlimited LTE plan

01/30, 3:15pm

LTE plans now start at $50 for Android Lineup

MetroPCS has dropped its lowest-cost "unlimited" LTE wireless phone plan. The no-contract carrier first offered the $40 LTE plan last January. Its lowest price for voice, text, and enhanced LTE data services is now $50 per month.

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MetroPCS to offer phones with ATSC Mobile TV tuners

01/04, 12:00pm

MetroPCS will launch Samsung Mobile TV phone

Cellphone carrier MetroPCS on Wednesday announced it will bring out phones with built-in mobile TV tuners later in 2012. These signals are sent out from certain TV stations and are Mobile DTV signals. The first device to use the ATSC Mobile technology at MetroPCS will be from Samsung, in the form of an as-yet unnamed premium Android device.

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LG Connect 4G leaks, bring Android with LTE to metroPCS

01/02, 5:55pm

Handset also slated for Verizon

LG appears to be readying yet another LTE-equipped handset, the Connect 4G MS840, which is reportedly on its way to metroPCS. The smartphone is said to integrate a four-inch display with 800x480 resolution, paired with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

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AT&T attempts to sell assets stall, suggest merger at an end

12/18, 7:55pm

ATT makes no progress on T-Mo asset sale offers

AT&T isn't making any progress in its attempts to sell T-Mobile assets to rescue its attempted buyout of T-Mobile, insiders uncovered Sunday. Discussions with smaller carriers have reportedly "gone cold," the Wall Street Journal heard. Among other problems, attempts to sell assets to Leap for its Cricket service fell as doubts existed that even this could salvage AT&T's proposed T-Mobile merger.

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US Cellular plans 4G LTE for early 2012 in seven states

11/04, 6:00pm

US Cellular next to jump to LTE

US Cellular has become the next major US carrier to plan out an upgrade to LTE-based 4G. The regional carrier plans to deploy the faster network starting from early 2012 and plans to cover a handful of cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas, and Oklahoma. Among the highlight will be Des Moines, Greenville, Milauwkee, and Portland, although most will have more than one city covered.

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C Spire iPhone 4S due Nov. 11 with net neutrality issues [U]

11/01, 2:30pm

C Spire bars streaming on some iPhone plans

(Updated with policy notes) C Spire on Tuesday said it would join the third iPhone 4S launch wave by releasing its version on November 11. The device, as well as the 8GB iPhone 4, will go on sale at the same contract prices as on other carriers. No mention has been made of an off-contract option.

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MetroPCS may get AT&T assets if T-Mobile deal clears

10/20, 9:30pm

AT&T woos buyer for potential divestment markets

AT&T has reportedly established a deal with MetroPCS that will give the latter company top priority to purchase divested assets that may be required to finalize the former's T-Mobile buyout proposal. AT&T is said to have approached a number of potential suitors as government agencies scrutinize the acquisition.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus sign-ups show seven US carriers

10/19, 8:30pm

Galaxy Nexus US page hints every US carrier onside

A now active signup page for the Galaxy Nexus has given a chance the Android 4.0 phone might arrive on most US carriers. The carrier preference drop-down gives the option not just for the Verizon LTE model but also AT&T, C Spire (Cellular South), MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. Only niche or 'virtual' carriers like TracFone and Virgin Mobile are out of the list.

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