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AT&T Buys T-Mobile: What Does It Mean for Consumers?

In the largest deal the wireless industry has seen since 2004, AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. In acquiring T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom, AT&T will pick up an extra 34 million wireless customers, and will provide service to about 43-percent of all U.S. cell phones, making it the country's largest network operator. At the end of...

4G Decoded: WiMAX, LTE and the Next Generation Cell Phone Networks

Part of being a smart consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what that barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all, and to give you a better appreciation of how those transistors, pixels, and antennae come together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to you. If you thought our guide to 3G tech was...

Cutting the (Other) Cord: The Best Wireless Internet Options

A reader asks: I'm intrigued by the idea of getting rid of my DSL Internet service, and switching to one of these 4G wireless services I've seen advertised. My question is whether it's actually viable at this point. I have a desktop and a couple laptops, and two phones we use on our home Wi-Fi network, and wonder if these services can handle all that. I have no idea how to research this, so...

Family Uses GPS Service to Track Chatty Cell Phone Thief

On September 24th, a burglar broke into the Maryland home of Kari and Derek Fisher, and walked away with a pair of digital cameras, a satellite radio, and Derek's wallet. Had the thief stopped there, he may have gotten away with the crime. Instead, though, he decided to swipe Derek's cell phone, and inadvertently sealed his fate. Upon discovering the break-in, the Fishers placed a series of...

BlackBerry Announces Style 9670 Flip Phone on Sprint for $99

BlackBerry's long-awaited Style 9670 smartphone will finally hit stores this Halloween, according to an announcement from RIM and Spring issued this morning. The Style, which will be available in either Steel Grey or Royal Purple, offers users what Spring VP of Product Development Fared Adib calls a "compact flip form factor," as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. As Engadget explains, the...

Android Overtakes iPhone, Lucasfilm Ends Lightsaber Wars

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... With a remarkable 886-percent worldwide growth rate, Android phone sales have apparently surpassed those of the iPhone for the first time. However, according to Nielsen, customer loyalty still remains significantly higher for the iPhone. [From: GigaOM] Satisfied by "clarifying public comments," Lucasfilm Ltd. will reportedly...

Android Phones Burdened by Carrier Junkware

If you happened to buy a new Droid X yesterday, you may have noticed a couple of apps from Blockbuster and Electronic Arts pre-installed on your device. No, you didn't ask for them, but Motorola and its T-Mobile Verizon carrier thought you might like them. The Blockbuster app provides a map of local retailers and allows users to download films from the company's catalog. Good luck trying to...

'New' HTC Evo Allegedly Sold Preloaded With Porn

When Steve Jobs suggested that you buy Android if you want porn, we didn't think that the Google OS would make it this easy. As with the PSP and the LG Chocolate before it, one unsuspecting consumer bought an Android-powered Evo 4G that was preloaded with porn. Rhonda Lee walked into a Sprint store in Westland, Michigan (just west of Detroit), and picked up what she thought was a brand new...

Pick the Right Smartphone for Your Travels

Picking a cell phone is hard enough if you don't have to take into consideration your travel habits, especially if those habits take you overseas on a regular basis. The fine folks over at Gadling (a fellow AOL blog) have put together a rather helpful guide to picking the right smart phone for your travel needs. Generally you'll want to make sure you get a phone that supports GSM (any phone...

Sweet and Simple: The Best Basic Phones for Our Dearest Dads

A reader asks: My father is a businessman who travels a lot internationally, and asked me to find him a bare bones, simple cell phone that works well but also looks good. For the life of me I can't settle on a device. Instead, the market is flooded with smartphones or regular ones with tons of confusing crap stuffed inside. He doesn't text much but needs the capability, and his vision and...

Twitpic Enables Photo Tagging, The Onion to Stream News Directly Into Your Eye

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Despite Twitter's firmly established place among the Web's elite, saying that Facebook dominates social networking in terms of market share still remains a massive understatement. The micro-blogging service has steadily incorporated new themes to strengthen its capabilities, though, most recently in a new Twitpic face-tagging...

AT&T Leads with Fastest Network Data Speeds Nationwide, Study Shows

Cell phone providers are scrambling to offer customers the speediest connection, and while every provider claims it's the fastest, PCMag recently decided to put our wireless overlords to the test. Using custom-designed software and people based in 18 U.S. cities, the magazine tested speeds from AT&T, Cricket, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint 3G and Sprint 4G to find out which was the fastest...

Sprint's HTC Evo 4G Available Now, Battery Life Still an Issue

The first U.S.'s first 4G smartphone is officially available this morning. The HTC Evo 4G can be snagged for $199 (after a mail-in rebate) when you sign a two year contract with Sprint. With a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video, a front facing camera for video calls and HDMI out, the spec sheet of the Evo 4G reads like a geek's...

HTC Evo Gets Reviewed, Tweens Rally on Twitter for Bieber

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... HTC's Evo 4G won't officially hit the market until June 4th, but Engadget got an early chance to review Sprint's new superphone. The comprehensive rundown includes information on everything from the packaging to the individual specs, and the fortunate (and almost overwhelmingly glowing) reviewers found its aesthetics...

Consumers Claim They're Happier Than Ever With Wireless Service

Despite dropped calls and dead zones, cell phone customers are happier with their wireless providers than ever before according to a new study. The Associated Press reports that the American Customer Satisfaction Index for cell phone service registered an all-time favorable high (three points above last year) during the first quarter of 2010. The survey, encompassing 11,000 U.S. households, rated...