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T-Mobile USA: Nearly 30 million customers

T-Mobile USA’s customer count increased by 951,000 during 4Q07. Of that number, 733,000 were new contract customers (as compared with pre-paid customers not on term contracts). T-Mobile ended the quarter and year with about 28.7 million subscribers. That followed a 3Q07 increase in subs of 857,000. The 4Q07 churn decreased to 1.8%.

Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s . . . → Read More: T-Mobile USA: Nearly 30 million customers

9th Circuit to T-Mobile: Your Mandatory Arbitration Agreement is Unconscionable

On January 22, 2008, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision that T-Mobile’s arbitration agreement in its Washington State wireless contracts is tainted by substantive unconscionability and is not enforceable.

From the court:

“The issues on appeal are whether the arbitration provisions in Defendant T-Mobile’s service agreements with two of . . . → Read More: 9th Circuit to T-Mobile: Your Mandatory Arbitration Agreement is Unconscionable

Most Americans in Cell Phone Jail

In an amusing-if telling-story on MSN, Bob Sullivan (MSN’s Technology correspondent) discusses how wireless “[p]roviders have worked hard to lock customers into losing situations” by way of high early termination fees.

An interesting read: CLICK HERE to view the article.

On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

An empirical ‘study’ conducted at MIT in 2005 sheds light on the effectiveness of aluminum foil to shied the brain from external radio frequency radiation sources. It’s a must read if you have some time to kill.

MIT Empirical Study

LINK to online version.

. . . → Read More: On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

More on Town of Manchester, Maine asks residents to approve wireless consent agreement and tower moratorium

There is a follow-up story in today’s Kennebec Journal regarding the Town of Manchester’s Town Meeting. Here’s a link to the story: CLICK HERE.

Town of Manchester, Maine asks residents to approve wireless consent agreement and tower moratorium

The Town of Manchester, Maine will hold an open town hall meeting on January 29, 2008 to decide whether to settle a law suit brought against it by MCF Communications and also whether to adopt a “Tower Moratorium Ordinance” for six months.

The interesting feature of this story is that the elected officials are asking . . . → Read More: Town of Manchester, Maine asks residents to approve wireless consent agreement and tower moratorium

US Cellular sues Alton, Illinois

According to a published report:

11/20/2007: Alton, Illinois Planning Commission votes to approve 90 foot “stealth tower.”

11/28/2007: Alton’s City Council approves resolution in favor of tower.

12/19/2007: Alton’s City Council votes to deny application.

01/18/2008: US Cellular files suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Pacer Case No: 3:08-cv-00041-JPG-DGW)

Click . . . → Read More: US Cellular sues Alton, Illinois

T-Mobile Proposes PCS Bell Tower at Florida Church

T-Mobile is proposing a stylish new stand-alone Bell Tower to hide a new cell site at the Duncan Road Baptist Church. 430 N.E. Duncan Rd, in Blue Springs, Florida.

The Examiner newpaper in Eastern Jackson County has a story on the proposed site, and an interesting elevation illustration (artist’s rendering) of the proposed bell tower. . . . → Read More: T-Mobile Proposes PCS Bell Tower at Florida Church

15-story Manatee (cell tower…that is)

The Heard Tribune in central Florida has a story about a 150 foot tall cellular flagpole proposed by Vertex Development LLC to be placed at a residential subdivision in East Manatee, Florida. Here’s a link to the story: Manatee facing a 15-story cell tower…masquerade.

While the story is nicely balanced, it omits an interesting point: . . . → Read More: 15-story Manatee (cell tower…that is)

NextG Networks Sues Huntington Beach, California

NextG Networks of California, Inc, a provider of Distributed Antenna Site (DAS) wireless sites has sued the City of Huntington Beach. The suit, filed on December 27, 2007 in the Central District of California (Santa Ana district) bears case number SACV07-1471. The hearing is scheduled for February 7, 2008.

If you don’t have access . . . → Read More: NextG Networks Sues Huntington Beach, California

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