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Verizon backpedals on ‘supercookies’, will allow users to opt-out

Verizon backpedals on ‘supercookies’, will allow users to opt-out

Do you know what a ‘supercookie’ is? It sounds delightful, but in this context, it’s really not. Verizon Wireless has been tracking users for (mostly) marketing purposes, and assigning customers special codes. Being tracked for marketing was opt-out, but those codes were not deletable or opt-out. Some began dubbing those codes ‘supercookies’ because marketers could still access them and pick through your web browsing activity (see? Supercookies can be bad!). Now, Verizon is reversing course, and will allow customers to opt-out of any kind of tracking.

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FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

TracFone has been issued a $40 million fine today by the FTC, who have ruled on a complaint regarding ‘unlimited’ data. The carrier was selling ‘unlimited’ data plans to customers, but heavy throttling made those plans unusable at a certain point. Though this ruling is limited to TracFone, it sets a precedent moving forward. According to the FTC, TracFone broke a promise to its customers, and is guilty of throttling data speeds by as much as 90% for some users.

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Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

While Google hasn't said anything about a supposed WiFi and Cellular service as of yet, rumors surrounding such a move have been popping up for years. Today we've seen word of Google dealing with both Sprint and T-Mobile USA to create a wireless hot-spot system that'd handle Google's calls, data, and text messaging. This rumor pops up right alongside the real-deal official Cablevision WiFi-only smartphone system Freewheel, a system that'd be very similar to what's rumored for Google in the very near future.

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T-Mobile gives a SCORE! to those who can’t JUMP! [UPDATE]

T-Mobile gives a SCORE! to those who can’t JUMP! [UPDATE]

T-Mobile seems to be really intent in giving its customers a fighting chance at the latest smartphones, even those who are normally ineligible for the carrier's programs. Last week, T-Mobile introduced "Smartphone Equality" for those whose credit ratings don't exactly meet the qualifications but have been paying their bills on time for 12 months in a row. Now T-Mobile is offering a new program called SCORE!, designed to let those ineligible for its JUMP! offer to also switch to a new device after 6 or 12 months.

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Survey: T-Mobile has fastest network, happy customers

Survey: T-Mobile has fastest network, happy customers

A five-week long survey of actual smartphone users (that’s you and me!) has yielded some interesting results about how we use our phones, and if we’re happy with our carrier. This study touched on all manner of things, like upload and download speed, connectivity, tech support, and overall bang for the buck. Survey respondent also touched on smartphone availability from their carrier, as well as service and billing. As it turns out, T-Mobile customers are among the most satisfied, and are largely satisfied with their network.

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MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

Prepaid carriers aren't for everyone, but they offer perks that some users find more appealing than what they'd otherwise get with one of the big carriers. Often those perks include less expensive monthly service plans, something MetroPCS -- one of several better known prepaid carriers -- has targeted with its new monthly option. As of now, subscribers can get unlimited 4G LTE data for $50/month over T-Mobile's network, eclipsing the rate for unlimited 4G LTE data available through T-Mobile itself and many others.

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Google (again) rumored to be launching their own cellular service

Google (again) rumored to be launching their own cellular service

A persistent rumor has once again reared its ugly head. If it sounds familiar, don’t be alarmed — we had deja vu, too. A new report claims Google is “preparing to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network”. That’s right, Google is once again (allegedly) preparing to become an MVNO. We know, it sounds great, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this kind of thing, so we’re highly skeptical.

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FreedomPop WiFi opens 10m hotspots in new carrier challenge

FreedomPop WiFi opens 10m hotspots in new carrier challenge

FreedomPop seems diametrically opposed to charging what the other carriers demand, and after taking on calling fees and mobile data, it's now turning its attentions to WiFi hotspots. Priced at $5 per month, the new FreedomPop WiFi service is $5 per month for unlimited use of ten million hotspots across the US, though that number is expected to ramp up to 25m by the end of the quarter. Initially available on Android, but with an iOS app in the pipeline, it even promises an end to annoying hotspot login forms.

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T-Mobile CEO denies boss’ claim the carrier is in trouble

T-Mobile CEO denies boss’ claim the carrier is in trouble

Yesterday, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges said T-Mobile’s Uncarrier direction is nice, but not sustainable. Rather than keep his disdain for that opinion internal, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter. He didn’t even go on a Twitter tirade, which he’s done in the past when things irk him. Instead, Legere addressed his boss’ comment succinctly, directly, and without mincing his own words. Still, Legere doesn’t really hit at the heart of the matter, so the disagreement may be dead, but the issues aren’t.

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The smartest Net Neutrality comment just came from the oddest source

The smartest Net Neutrality comment just came from the oddest source

As the FCC prepares to rule on Net Neutrality next month, all parties are drawing their line in the sand. Whether interested parties like it or not, the FCC is going to have to make a ruling on the future of the Internet. Many mobile carriers like Verizon and AT&T are opposed to any kind of reclassification, which would make them move governable. Net Neutrality won’t make many friends for the FCC, but a new line of commentary from a strange source might be the wisest yet.

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