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John Legere

T-Mobile wants to crash the Wi-Fi party to solve coverage problems

T-Mobile is moving forward on a plan to offer LTE coverage on unlicensed Wi-Fi bands, but not everyone's thrilled with the idea.

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Confirmed: Google plans its own U.S. mobile service

But Google's Sundar Pichai says it doesn't intend to become a full-service cellular carrier, instead likening the service to its Nexus mobile devices.

on pcworld.com

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Call it 802.11baaa: Rural broadband experiment could use sheep as Wi-Fi hotspots

Yes, wandering sheep with Wi-Fi collars could form mesh networks, to bring truly organic, free-range Wi-Fi to wide swaths of isolated countryside.

FCC warns against Wi-Fi hotspot blocking and hints at further crackdowns

After shutting down Marriott's attempt to block personal hotspot use, the FCC says it's looking into more violations elsewhere.

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T-Mobile brings back the subsidy (sort of) with Score discount program

For an extra $5 per month, subscribers can lock in discounts on future phones--while locking themselves in to a contract of sorts.

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T-Mobile escalates promotional price wars with cheap unlimited family plans

It's yet another limited-time offer, but it brings the cost of unlimited data to just $180 per month for a family of four.

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Apple downplays disruptive potential of Apple SIM, while carriers rush to protect turf

Everyone wants to know whether the carrier-agnostic SIM built into new iPads will ever reach iPhones. Users would love it, but carriers would hate it, and Apple's not pushing the issue.

Samsung's futuristic Wi-Fi tech is five times faster than today's wireless networks

Samsung's developing a new Wi-Fi technology that will let you transfer a 1GB file between devices in under 3 seconds--but don't expect to see it in your Galaxy phone anytime soon.

on pcworld.com

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Having problems connecting your Belkin router to the Internet? (They're fixed)

An unknown flaw has caused many older Belkin routers to refuse to connect to the Internet, which has caused Belkin to recommend connecting to a specific DNS server.

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Reversible USB Type-C wonder cable will deliver DisplayPort audio and video, too

Is there anything Type-C USB cables WON'T be able to do?

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Verizon bumps up early upgrades for iPhone 6 season

Anyone eligible for a new phone before November 15 can upgrade right now

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AT&T brings gigabit broadband to Silicon Valley, challenging Google Fiber's own plans

Gigabit broadband is coming to Silicon Valley, and it's a race to see whether AT&T's GigaPower service makes it before Google Fiber. AT&T just threw its hat into the ring, but neither it nor rival Google has set a firm deployment date.

The dream of open, shared Wi-Fi is alive at Recode

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Over on Recode, Walt Mossberg shares a story about Steve Jobs's passion for open, guest Wi-Fi networks -- and a call to action to make them reality.