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Verizon is tops in network performance, reliability, speed in 2014 tests

Verizon Wireless beat out the other three national carriers for overall network performance, reliability and speed in the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by RootMetrics released Tuesday.
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Sprint plans price cuts and eventual layoffs, new CEO tells workers

Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure addressed employees for the first time Thursday and promised price reductions as soon as next week, according to a report.

AT&T beats other carriers on customer purchase satisfaction

AT&T topped all four national carriers for the third time in a row for customer purchase satisfaction in-store, on the phone or on the Web, according to market research firm J.D. Power.

Former Sprint CEO's severance could top $38M

Former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, whose last day was Monday, could get more than $38 million in severance pay.

FCC mandates emergency texting services from carriers, texting apps

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to require U.S. mobile carriers and many text-messaging apps to enable users to text emergency dispatch centers, even after questions about whether the centers will be ready by the deadline.

How Claure can fix Sprint as it battles T-Mobile

What incoming Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure can do to reverse the carrier's declining subscriber base and turn the company around.

T-Mobile could soon be bigger than Sprint

The tables could turn by the end of this year in the drama of the U.S. mobile underdogs, with T-Mobile possibly passing Sprint to become the third-largest carrier in the country.

Blu unveils quartet of unlocked sub-$150 smartphones

Blu Products has launched four new low-cost, no-contract smartphones that all run Android 4.4.

Marcelo Claure, Softbank's choice to lead Sprint, fits the mold by breaking it

Marcelo Claure, Sprint's incoming CEO, knows how to corner a market and make billions doing behind-the-scenes tasks that are pretty unglamorous -- except when he's on stage with J. Lo.

Sprint confirms new CEO amid reports of abandoning T-Mobile merger

Sprint confirmed today that CEO Dan Hesse will be replaced by board member Marcelo Claure, effective Monday.

Wireless Carriers In Depth

Why unlimited wireless data is a myth

All of the major wireless carriers "throttle" customers who use what the companies think is too much data, but Verizon's policy is tougher than its competitors.

How to save on mobile plans: Your guide to 16 no-contract carriers

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are no longer the only mobile phone games in town -- there are some great no-contract alternatives out there. Here are 16 of them.

On the road with T-Mobile's free international roaming

For people who frequently travel overseas, it sounds almost too good to be true: unlimited international data roaming and texting at no extra cost. But that's exactly what T-Mobile USA started offering its U.S. users earlier this year as part of its price battle with AT&T.

The votes are in: Which mobile data provider is best?

Computerworld asked readers to rate their mobile data providers on connection speed, reliability, customer service and more. We name the best and the worst services -- and throw in some fun facts about how people use their mobile data networks.

FCC's in-flight cellphone plan carries a lot of baggage

Anyone who dreads hearing one end of a loud phone call all the way from Anchorage to Miami, take heart: The plan to allow cellphones on planes could fail in more ways than an overbooked flight at a snowbound airport on Christmas Eve.

LTE makes headway on global roaming, speed and voice

LTE is simultaneously being pushed forward on several fronts, and the result for users will be faster networks, better coverage and the ability to access networks while travelling abroad.

5 ways the Sprint-Clearwire drama might end

The battle of takeovers among Sprint Nextel, Dish Network, Clearwire and SoftBank has heated up as the Clearwire board of directors recommended that shareholders accept the bid of Dish instead of Sprint's.

Computerworld Honors 2013: Remote areas in Michigan get connected with broadband

Merit Network, the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for mobile access, leads the effort to expand broadband in Michigan.

Nokia looks to reboot Windows Phone push in the U.S., but it won't be easy

Nokia's is rebooting its U.S. Windows Phone push with the arrival of the low-cost Lumia 521 on T-Mobile and Lumia 928 for Verizon Wireless, but increasing sales to meaningful volumes in the very competitive U.S. market will not be easy.

Cisco acquisition highlights growing interest in small cells

Operators and telecom equipment vendors are showing a growing interest in small cells, which aim to give users improved coverage and speeds.