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SoftBank gets state approval for Sprint acquisition

SoftBank has received all the necessary state approvals for the Japanese mobile carrier to acquire a majority stake in Sprint Nextel for US$20 billion, the companies announced.

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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SoftBank said to be in talks with US to allay national security fears

The U.S. government is in negotiations with SoftBank for greater control over equipment purchases by Sprint Nextel and the selection of one of the Japanese company's nominee to the U.S. carrier's board, according to a news report.

Infographic: What you need to know about LTE wireless

A new wireless buzzword is showing up on store shelves, TV ads, and billboards: LTE, or Long-Term Evolution. Our collection of facts about this next generation of wireless tech will keep you ahead of the curve.

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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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Sprint hikes bid for Clearwire to counter Dish's offer

Sprint Nextel has increased its offer to buy out Clearwire, bidding US$3.40 per share, to counter a competing offer by Dish Network.

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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Sprint gets SoftBank clearance to negotiate with Dish

Sprint Nextel said it had received permission from SoftBank to negotiate a rival acquisition offer from Dish Network.

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.