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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.

Feds target mobile operator for deceptive data promises

TracFone Wireless has agreed to refund $40 million to customers to settle charges that it throttled bandwidth or cut off data connections, despite promising "unlimited" data service.

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AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico assets for $1.9B

AT&T has agreed to acquire mobile carrier Nextel Mexico for $1.9 billion from parent company NII Holdings, in an effort by AT&T to win a larger slice of the Mexican mobile market.

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Which mobile data provider is best? (And will you make a switch?)

Computerworld readers rate AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon on data connection speed, reliability, customer service and more. Find out which carrier gets the most cheers — and which the most jeers — from our 2014 survey respondents....

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Google preps for wireless services with T-Mo and Sprint

Google is prepping to offer its own wireless voice and data service over the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile -- a move likely to be markedly different from traditional virtual network operations.

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