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Sprint Pulls Out Of Cable Spectrum Venture

If a consortium of cable giants bids on spectrum in the upcoming FCC auction, Sprint Nextel will not be part of the bid. The 10Q Time Warner Cable filed this morning reveals that Sprint has exercised its option to exit SpectrumCo, a spectrum-bidding joint venture with some of the largest […]
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Wireless Consolidation: Is NJ’s Centennial Next?

Verizon Wireless’ $2.67 billion purchase of Rural Cellular Corporation, announced this morning, proves that telco consolidation remains alive and well. Big carriers continue to snap up smaller wireless companies for their subscribers — Rural Cellular has 716,000 customers — and roaming revenue. In June, AT&T paid $2.8 billion for Dobson […]
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New EarthLink CEO Tightens Helio’s Cash Leash

“Virtual” wireless carrier Helio, which resells access to Sprint Nextel’s network, is still burning cash at an alarming rate. EarthLink, which co-owns the wireless company along with Korea’s SK Telecom, said today that Helio lost $84 million last quarter on $33 million of revenue. New EarthLink CEO Rolla Huff is […]
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Amp’d To Live Another Week. Also: What’s TechCrunch Smoking?

Customers of bankrupt “virtual” mobile carrier Amp’d Mobile scored another week to find a new wireless provider. Amp’d has updated its Web site and now says service may shut down July 31 — not today, as it had previously posted (via MocoNews). Also of note, ousted Amp’d founder Peter Adderton […]
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Plug Pulled On Modeo NYC Mobile TV Network

mobile phone tower company Crown Castle International is scrapping Modeo, a mobile TV startup that was running a test network in New York City.  Crown Castle will lease the nationwide wireless spectrum used for the network to investment firms Telcom Ventures and Columbia Capital. Crown Castle says it will take […]
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Ocean A Slick Phone, But Helio Incinerating Cash

Brooklyn native Charlie O’Donnell, former director of consumer products for Oddcast, founder of the NextNY Digital group, and recent Alley returnee, toyed with his new Helio Ocean for a month out west — and he digs it. So do we. Alas, the vital signs of the phone’s maker, Helio, aren’t […]
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Wireless War: Google Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Take that, Verizon! Google said today that it’s happy to spend at least $4.6 billion in the FCC’s forthcoming wireless spectrum auction. The catch is that Google will only play if the FCC changes the rules by which the spectrum can be used. Google wants the agency to enact usage […]
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Virgin Mobile Wants More Money; Think Twice Before Providing It

Virgin Mobile USA has quintupled the amount of money it hopes to raise in its IPO, according to forms filed Friday with the SEC. Warren, N.J.-based Virgin Mobile, a “virtual” wireless carrier that re-sells service on Sprint Nextel’s network, now hopes to raise $506 million , a sharp increase from […]
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FCC Spectrum Auction: Meet The Bidders

If Google is still “very interested” in bidding during next year’s FCC spectrum auction, they will have a powerful host of rivals to compete with — mostly existing wireless giants. Because this is probably the last significant auction the FCC will hold for a long time, “for those who need […]
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How Google Took $500 Million And Turned It Into $47 Million

[credit provider=”Flickr/Esther Dyson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/edyson/416079576/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Google is dumping its entire stake in Clearwire, a wireless Internet service provider founded by cellular pioneer Craig McCaw.Google had invested $500 million in Clearwire in n 2008. Its 29,411,765 shares represent 6.5% of Clearwire’s Class A shares.
How Google Took $500 Million And Turned It Into $47 Million
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The Top 10 Smartphones You Can Buy This Month

[credit provider=”Ellis Hamburger, Business Insider”] The Holidays are almost here, and that means everyone is pushing out their best stuff in time for the shopping blitz.November is going to be a huge month for smartphones, and you’re going to a have a lot of premium choices when it comes to […]
The Top 10 Smartphones You Can Buy This Month
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Windows Phone Might Have One Hidden Edge

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has a huge uphill battle ahead — it desperately needs more apps, and Microsoft and its partners need to do a better job explaining to Android and iOS users why they should switch. Marketing stunts alone won’t do the trick.
Windows Phone Might Have One Hidden Edge
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Sign Up Here To Find Out When You Can Get The Galaxy Nexus On Your Carrier

[credit provider=”Google” url=”http://www.google.com/nexus/”] We don’t have a specific launch date for the Galaxy Nexus yet, but if you want to be the first to know when its available, both Samsung and Google have sign up pages live and ready to go.While Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus will be a […]
Sign Up Here To Find Out When You Can Get The Galaxy Nexus On Your Carrier