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A new era of competition in wireless

John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile US, spoke at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile US, spoke at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday.Credit: AP Images for T-Mobile

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Gone are the days of roaming fees and charging for text messages. Searching for enough bars to make a call has also become a thing of the past. And the smartphone — now cheaper and better than ever — has become nearly ubiquitous.

But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the cellphone contract. That ball-and-chain that ties people to their carriers for two years is still hanging on, despite the best efforts of the upstart provider T-Mobile US and its rabble-rousing chief executive, John Legere, to blow up that model.

In Las Vegas Wednesday, Legere once again poked his finger directly in the eyes of the two dominant wireless companies, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, daring them to follow T-Mobile’s lead and tear up their contracts.

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