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How to upgrade to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c

Depending on where you are in your upgrade cycle, getting one of the new iPhones could mean ditching your contract or paying extra money.

No, U.S. smartphone costs aren't highest in the world

Sure, our phone bills are high, but so are everyone else's. We compare smartphone costs and plan rates for several countries around the globe.

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Sprint's new Network Vision base stations go up in San Francisco

On the roof of a medical building in San Francisco, Sprint Nextel has a cell site that's far above the cramped canyons of the city's streets, but despite the wide-open views, space is limited.

Remains of the Day: Don't touch that dial

Apple may broadcast ads up and down the dial, the carriers may be dialing down your speeds, and released Steve Jobs emails showed that he had publishing execs dialed in.

Is 3G/4G slower indoors? Not as much as you might think

Our recent 20-city tests of wireless service show that both 3G and 4G services slow down less than 10 percent indoors.

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Infographic: How fast are America's wireless networks?

We found a wide variety of speed scores in our tests—3G and 4G, upload and download, slow, fast, ugly... Here are the results in a nutshell, and how they reflect real-world smartphone use.

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AT&T clocks best overall speeds with 3G/4G combo

Verizon may have more LTE coverage, but AT&T's combination of fast LTE and reasonably fast HSPA+ service will keep most users in the fast lane most of the time.

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AT&T has fastest LTE service, T-Mobile off to strong start

For the second year in a row, AT&T's LTE service proves to be the fastest in our nationwide study, while T-Mobile LTE is spreading rapidly and performing well. Verizon LTE is reasonably quick and available everywhere, while Sprint lacks speed in urban centers.

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3G Tests

T-Mobile wins 3G shootout, Sprint and Verizon speeds fade

On the strength of high speeds in East Coast cities, T-Mobile 3G showed the highest 20-city average in our study, but network performance was hardly consistent nationwide. Sprint and Verizon averaged well less than 1 mbps for downloads.

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How we tested the nation's networks

Our approach to testing wireless service has always been to closely replicate how people use wireless service in the real world, and then measure how well it really works. That’s why we do the testing ourselves.

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