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May 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia unveiled its latest smartphone Tuesday, the shiny but powerful Lumia 925, a variation of its flagship model that will debut with T-Mobile. The Lumia 925 is a silver Windows Phone 8 device with a metal and polycarbonate body. The device is much lighter and thinner than the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 928, the AT&T and Verizon versions of Nokia's flagship smartphone. Nokia said the 16-gigabyte smartphone uses a 1.5-gigahertz, dual-core Snapdragon processor and features an 8.7-megapixel camera that uses Nokia's PureView technology, which is designed to let users take high-quality low-light images and stable action shots.
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May 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile has quietly increased its price of the iPhone 5 by $50, raising the down payment to $149.99. The Seattle-based carrier began selling the phone last month at $99.99 plus 24 payments of $20, for a total cost of $579.99, but now, T-Mobile is saying the initial $99.99 down payment was a promotional price that ended Sunday. "We all know promotions are temporary," T-Mobile said in a statement. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint charge $199 for the iPhone 5 with a two-year service contract.
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May 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sales of iPhone 5 continues to be strong with T-Mobile reporting it sold about half a million of the smartphones since it began carrying the popular device almost a month ago. The Seattle-based carrier made the announcement Wednesday, alongside the release of its first quarter earnings. The number of iPhone 5 devices sold seems to justify the company's decision to begin carrying the Apple smartphone after being the last major holdout. If sales keeps up the pace, it could top the 1.5 million iPhone devices Sprint sold in its most recent quarter.
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May 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Add U.S. Cellular to the long list of mobile networks that offer the iPhone. After being exclusive to AT&T for nearly four years, the iPhone is now available from nearly every phone carrier in the country, with U.S. Cellular being the latest to join the list. In the last year alone, Apple has added Virgin Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Wal-Mart's Straight Talk and, most importantly, T-Mobile to the list of companies that now carry its smartphone.  PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 U.S. Cellular Chief Executive Mary Dillon told investors and analysts on Friday that her company will be adding the popular device later this year because it's losing customers without it. U.S. Cellular has not specified which iPhone models it will sell, for how much or when.
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May 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the acquisition of MetroPCS, T-Mobile is picking up 9 million new customers, more wireless spectrum and a stock exchange ticker symbol. The company, which has been renamed T-Mobile U.S., debuted Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, trading as "TMUS. " The stock opened at $16.38 and at mid-morning PDT was up slightly, at $16.50. Prior to the acquisition, T-Mobile did not trade as a stand-alone entity and was part of Deutsche Telekom, which owns 74% of T-Mobile U.S. MetroPCS shareholders received 26% of the new company along with $1.5 billion in cash, or $4.08 per share.
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April 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
MetroPCS shareholders on Wednesday approved the company's acquisition by T-Mobile after T-Mobile sweetened its offer for the nation's fifth-largest wireless carrier. The deal was approved after Deutsche Telekom , T-Mobile's parent company, reduced the size and cut the interest rate on a loan it will provide to the merged company, according to Bloomberg . With MetroPCS, T-Mobile gains 9 million new prepaying customers and expands its wireless spectrum, allowing T-Mobile to improve the speed and quality of its network, the company said.
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April 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile put the HTC One on sale online Friday, the same day that AT&T and Sprint began selling the device in their stores. A 32-gigabyte version of the flagship device from the Taiwanese phone maker is available from both AT&T and Sprint for $200 with a two-year contract. Buyers can also get a 64 GB version for $300 from AT&T. Sprint and AT&T began taking pre-orders for the device earlier this month. Now users can now pick up the smartphone in stores. Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Meanwhile, T-Mobile, which had confirmed it would carry the phone but had not announced a date of release, is selling a 32 GB version of the device online for $99 down, plus 24 payments of $20 with zero interest, a total of $579, for "well-qualified" buyers.
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April 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Add T-Mobile and Sprint to the list of carriers that have announced when they will start selling the widely anticipated Samsung Galaxy S 4. T-Mobile on Wednesday said it will let users order the device online starting April 24 and will sell the smartphone in some of its retail stores starting May 1. The 16-gigabyte version will cost $149.99 up front  plus 24 monthly payments of $20, or a total of $629.99. Sprint, meanwhile, will make the phone available for preorder online starting Thursday.
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April 12, 2013 | By Pat Benson
Times technology writer Salvador Rodriguez is at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, testing apps and smartphones in between catching sets. One of the things Rodriguez will be keeping tabs on is how good cell service is at the festival. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are all trying to make a good impression with their customers there. The four major wireless carriers say they're going out of their way to make sure there is enough network capacity for their customers to make calls, send texts and upload photos and videos to their social networks.
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April 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starts Friday, and that means hundreds of thousands of smartphone users will descend on Indio. And when you get that many people in one location, there's bound to be some connectivity issues. That's why the four major wireless carriers say they're going out of their way to make sure there is enough network capacity for their customers to make calls, send texts and upload photos and videos to their social networks. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint understand that at events such as Coachella -- where as many as 90,000 people may show up on one day -- users see just how good their networks are, and perhaps more important, how well their friends' carriers hold up. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 AT&T, for example, said it will be using all 18 beams of its super multi-beam antenna.
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