Dish Gets a Sprint Deal, Just Not the One It First Wanted

The two companies plan to offer, on a trial basis, a fixed wireless Internet service to be installed by Dish using Sprint’s airwaves.
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T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS’ Spectrum to Boost LTE Network Speeds

The No. 4 U.S. carrier is using airwaves from its recent MetroPCS acquisition to boost its top network speeds. First up was North Dallas, where the higher speeds kicked in just before Thanksgiving.
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Pay-As-You-Go Hotspot Provider Karma Says It Will Expand to Sprint Network

Karma, which offers pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot service for $14 per gigabyte, said on Wednesday that it plans to expand next year from Clearwire’s WiMax network to Sprint’s faster LTE network. The carrier — part of a crop of so-called mobile virtual network operators — aims to grow by letting customers earn free data by sharing their hotspot with others nearby.

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The FCC Veers Off Course on Mobile Auctions

There is no evidence that crippling spectrum auctions would accomplish the Obama administration’s policy objectives for universal broadband.
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Sprint Sold 1.4 Million iPhones Last Quarter but Lost Two Million Subscribers Amid Nextel Shutdown

The shutdown of the Nextel network led to a major subscriber drop for the No. 3 U.S. cell phone carrier.
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AllThingsD’s Week in Review: A New, New Microsoft, and a $23.5 Billion iPhone Bill for Verizon

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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FreedomPop Rakes In Another $5 Million to Fund Free Mobile Service

The Niklas Zennstrom-backed upstart is bulking up its coffers ahead of its initial phone launch later this summer.
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Done Deal: SoftBank Now Firmly in Control of Sprint

With Dish out of the running, and shareholders and regulators having given their blessing, the Japanese company now holds a majority stake in the No. 3 U.S. carrier.
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Sprint Closes Its Clearwire Purchase, With SoftBank Deal Set to Be Final on Wednesday

Sprint said on Tuesday that it has completed its $5-per-share acquisition of wireless network provider Clearwire. The closure comes a day ahead of the expected closure of SoftBank’s deal to acquire a controlling interest in Sprint.

With Sprint Deal Nearly Sealed, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son Is Getting Down to Business

Billions will be invested in the No. 3 U.S. carrier, Son said. Also, SoftBank and Sprint will open a joint research center in Silicon Valley as early as the end of this year.
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