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Dispatches from CES 2013: Long Live the Handheld, the PC Is Dead

Walking the floor at the Consumer Electronics Show, you don't see many PCs: Everyone is using tablets. With all the Web just an uttered sentence or touchscreen away, PCs just aren't portable enough, which is why the focus at CES is on devices you'll hold in your hand or control via remote.

Which Is the Best Smartphone Plan for You?

Smartphones are becoming a must-have tech accessory, but the monthly bills can get pricey fast. If you fit one of these profiles, you may save money by signing up for one of these phone plans.

Unlimited Data Plan Isn't as Unlimited as You Think

Active smartphone users better get used to an ugly buzzword: throttling. AT&T has begun slowing down the most voracious 5% of its data users. And while cell carriers may feel they have to push back against the bandwidth hogs, the customer response may be more than they bargained for.

Many Are Haunted by Ghost of Phone Bills Past Due

Far too many customers aren't paying their phone bills on time, if you ask the phone companies. Three of the top four submitters to third-party collection agencies are major telephone carriers. And the reasons why should come as no surprise.

The Profitable Side of Going Green

Mother Earth is getting a little bit of relief as more companies yield to pressure from environmentalists and activist shareholders to reduce their carbon footprints. But Gaia isn't the only one who's benefiting: Just ask some of the companies that have saved serious greenbacks by going green.

Buzzword of the Week: Bringing the 'Pain Point'

In its most simple interpretation, a "pain point" is exactly what it sounds like: something so unpleasant that one is likely to try hard to avoid it or fix it. But buzzwords sometimes shift meanings, and for some boardroom jargon-slingers, pain point now means something very different.

Sprint and T-Mobile Are Talking Merger Again

SprintNextel and T-Mobile USA are reportedly discussing another tie-up, as both companies seek to stop the flow of customers defecting to larger cell-phone service providers. In the past, the carriers have mulled a merger but haven't been able to agree on who would acquire whom.

Verizon, AT&T Hire CEO for Smartphone Payments Venture

A telecommunications group including Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc. (T) hired Michael J Abbot, a former executive with General Electric (GE), to run a venture that will let consumers pay for purchases using their smartphone. Abbot, who was previously the chief marketing officer for GE%u2019s U.S. retail consumer-finance business, will be the CEO of the new venture, Bloomberg News reported.

T-Mobile Hit With Lawsuit for Blocking Marijuana Texts

One day after a digital startup vowed to drop T-Mobile over a forthcoming fee hike, another texting company has sued T-Mobile for blocking its service. The reason? Apparently T-Mobile "did not approve" of a company called EZ Texting, which does business with a website that provides information on the location of legal medical marijuana dispensaries in California.

Analyst: A Verizon iPhone Won't Hurt Motorola; AT&T May Embrace Android

With many analysts expecting Apple's iPhone to hit Verizon Wireless early next year, what will the impact be on Motorola, one of Verizon's top partners on Google's Android operating system? Gleacher's Mark McKechnie says Motorola will continue to benefit despite Verizon's iPhone roll-out.

T-Mobile USA: Smaller, But Definitely Here to Stay

AT&T Wireless, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless have all probably had a secret wish that German phone giant Deutsche Telekom would get sick of its T-Mobile being No. 4 in the U.S. wireless market and either fold or merge with someone. Not going to happen, said CEO Rene Obermann.