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Update: Google confirms carrier plans, details coming soon

Google has confirmed for the first time that it plans to offer connectivity directly to mobile users in the U.S., but a senior executive downplayed the competition it would be to major U.S. cellular carriers.

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Google's Pichai weighs in on Xiaomi, Cyanogen and the Apple Watch

Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president, offered his views on a variety of issues at the heart of the mobile telecommunications industry.

Google to buy mobile wallet technology from Softcard

Google has reached a deal with three big U.S. wireless carriers to acquire "technology and capabilities" from Softcard, a competing mobile wallet app developed jointly by the carriers.

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Both sides make last-minute push on net neutrality

The clock is running down on the chance to lobby the U.S. Federal Communications Commission before it votes on putting stronger net neutrality rules in place, and both sides of the battle are making sure their voices are heard.

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Mobile networks prep for the Internet of Things

Wireless carriers are making changes behind the scenes to make their mobile networks more efficient and flexible.

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Sprint and T-Mobile defend unlocking policies

Sprint and T-Mobile separately defended their smartphone and tablet unlocking policies on Wednesday after coming under criticism from an independent researcher.

Researcher faults unlocking policies from Sprint and T-Mobile

Sprint and T-Mobile don't fully comply with a series of voluntary smartphone and tablet unlocking policies, even though both companies were praised last week by the FCC for doing so, according to Web developer Sina Khanifar.

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New rules: How to unlock your smartphone

As of February 11, carriers must allow consumers to unlock their phones – but there are rules and caveats. Here’s what you need to know.

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U.S. carriers meet voluntary deadline for unlocking mobile phones

Unlocking a mobile phone from a single U.S. carrier has caused consumers headaches in recent years, but seven major carriers on Wednesday met a voluntary, industry-created deadline to set conditions for unlocking to occur.

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Muni broadband providers clash over Title II net neutrality reforms

Nothing comes easy in the net neutrality battle. Take how different municipal broadband providers disagree over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to reclassify broadband providers as public utilities under Title II of the...

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FCC member knocks net neutrality plan, warns of stealthy regulations

Republican Commissioner Pai says Wheeler's plan would allow the FCC to adopt more rules in the future

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Sprint shows biggest gains in network performance in last half of 2014

Sprint showed the greatest network performance improvement of the nation's four largest wireless carriers for the last half of 2014, according to RootMetrics.

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As Wi-Fi calls come to smartphones, networks get ready to carry them

Wi-Fi may carry many voice calls within the next few years, but the technology required to make those calls is still young in some ways.

Verizon sells off wireline operations in three states, blames net neutrality plan

Verizon Communications will sell its local wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas for $10.5 billion, citing uncertainty around federal Internet regulation as one reason for the move.

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FCC chairman doesn't plan to release net neutrality order before vote

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has no plans to release the text of his proposed net neutrality order before a scheduled commission vote on it later this month, despite a request from some Republican lawmakers to do so.

7 smartphone rules changed this week

The FCC and FTC have been on a roll lately, using their power to side with smartphone users. Here's what you need to know.

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Verizon to allow opt-out from mobile 'supercookies'

Verizon will soon allow customers to opt out of having an identifier placed on their phones that had alarmed privacy advocates due to its ability to let third parties persistently track customers.

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AT&T to pay $18.2B as top bidder in mobile spectrum auction

AT&T spent nearly $18.2 billion on wireless spectrum licenses in a blockbuster mobile-auction spectrum for licenses across the U.S.

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