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Smartphone News Byte: T-Mobile Expected to Report First Postpaid Subscriber Gain Since 2009

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T-Mobile's new UNcarrier intuitive may already be paying off. Analysts forecast that the carrier will soon record its first postpaid subscriber gain in more than four years. Macquarie Capital estimates that T-Mobile will add 98,000 postpaid customers in the second quarter, compared to having lost 557,000 subscribers in the same quarter in 2012. Barclays is a little more conservative with its estimates, projecting the carrier will add 50,000 postpaid customers. Roger Entner of Recon Analytics, per, noted that a majority of T-Mobile's success can be attributed to the iPhone, on top of the carrier's unique payment plans. "There was huge pent-up demand for a cheaper option," the analyst said. Windows 8.1 users can now more easily move and resize tiles, create and name groups of tiles, change the background image, and pin freshly-installed apps from the App screen. Some three years after the Wall Street Journal first tested data collection and sharing in smartphone apps -- and discovered the majority of apps tested sending details to third parties without users' awareness -- the makers of widely used software continue to gather and profit from people's personal information.

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