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Verizon Wireless raises smartphone base to 72 percent and adds 550,000 customers in Q1 2014
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday April 24, 2014

Verizon Wireless today released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2014. In the three-month period ending in March, the wireless operator added 549,000 net subscribers, raising its total customer base to 103.3 million. About 97.3 million of those customers are on postpaid contracts. Verizon also continued its trend of converting customers to smartphones thanks to releasing more devices like the Nokia Lumia Icon and the HTC One M8. Of the 103 million customers, 72 percent of accounts are using a smartphone.

Sprint aims to have all phones unlockable by 2015
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 22, 2014

Sprint is currently one of the more difficult networks to deal with when unlocking a device, but the nation's third-place carrier is working to remove some of the technological hurdles that keep it from unlocking smartphones next year.

AT&T GoPhone raises data allowances in plans and adds tethering at no extra cost
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 18, 2014

AT&T's contract-free GoPhone service is being upgraded to add a few more perks for customers, and the changes to the plans will not affect price, according to AT&T's announcement.

FCC might limit wireless auctions so AT&T and Verizon don't dominate airwaves
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 15, 2014

AT&T and Verizon Wireless are less likely to dominate the next round of spectrum auctions because the FCC plans to limit how much spectrum one company can purchase, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Comcast is considering becoming a wireless carrier
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 09, 2014

Comcast reportedly has its eyes on expanding beyond the cable television and internet market by joining the ranks of mobile service providers. Reporters from The Information claim that their sources with knowledge of the situation say Comcast might try to compete with the major carriers but would still rely on their networks.

U.S. Cellular plans to grow 4G LTE network with 1,200 new LTE sites by the end of the year
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 08, 2014

U.S. Cellular is spreading its 4G LTE wings farther throughout the Midwest and Southeast regions of the country. The carrier today announced the LTE network will turn on 1,200 new sites and deliver service in 13 states by the end of the year

Sprint expects to shut off WiMAX by end of next year
By Andrew Kameka on Monday April 07, 2014

The Sprint WiMAX era will come to an end next year once Sprint goes through with plans to cease using the network at some point near the end of 2015.

Sprint echoes T-Mobile, now offering up to $350 to switch carriers
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 04, 2014

Sprint today announced a new promotion that could potentially offer customers up to $650 to help allay the costs of switching wireless service providers. In addition to trade-in credits, the carrier also promises to pay termination fees..

Sprint Spark devices can't use data and phone calls at the same time
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 04, 2014

Sprint says that its tri-band Spark network optimization is a major step forward for faster download speeds and enhanced coverage, but the network is also a step back in one regard - it can't keep a data connection during a phone call.

T-Mobile sends open letter to BlackBerry customers, offers $100 towards upgrade
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 04, 2014

Following the announcement that BlackBerry will no longer license T-Mobile to sell its smartphones, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has sent an open letter to BlackBerry customers to explain that nothing will change for them in the immediate future.