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Comcast and Charter join forces as they prepare to offer cellphone plans

Comcast and Charter join forces as they prepare to offer cellphone plans

Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc. have agreed to cooperate on upcoming cellphone services as both cable companies face growing threats from national wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.

The cable companies said that although they'll offer wireless services separately to customers, they will work together on behind-the-scenes matters such as customer billing and device-ordering systems. They said the agreement will save money and help them compete with national providers.

As part of the deal, announced Monday, Comcast and Charter agreed that they wouldn’t buy other wireless companies for one year, and that they wouldn’t make related deals without...

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