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Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

With interest rates still dire, carrier Telefonica is reportedly hoping the lure of free smartphone data will tempt subscribers to bank with them instead. O2 Germany, the company's German arm, is apparently preparing to launch a service called "O2 Banking"; according to Bloomberg's sources, next week subscribers will not only have the option of relying on the network for their connectivity, but for their financial needs too.

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iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

If you're one of the many who have been waiting for the iPhone to arrive at MetroPCS, your time has finally come. The carrier announced today that most of the current iPhone lineup will be launching at stores across the US this weekend, giving customers the chance to buy one in-store or (presumably) online. The iPhones available at MetroPCS include the 6s, 6s Plus, SE, and 5s, with the standard iPhone 6 and 6 Plus notably missing from the list.

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T-Mobile gives Pokemon GO players free data

T-Mobile gives Pokemon GO players free data

T-Mobile has announced that on July 19, as part of its T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign, it’ll give its subscribers free data for playing Pokemon GO. As with Music Freedom and Binge On, the data used while playing Pokemon GO won’t count against one’s high-speed data allotment…and this perk will remain available for the next year. In addition, the Uncarrier is offering some perks including a free snack and funds for hitching rides to nearby PokeStops or Gyms.

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Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed their new My Verizon app - as well as a new set or prices for all customers. This update includes additions of data allowance as well as price jumps between $5 and $10 dollars per month. Not by coincidence, users will find Verizon making a bigger deal out of the new app than they are out of the new data plan pricing structure, which will also bring higher data allowances per tier.

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Verizon rewards subscribers with cash for referring friends

Verizon rewards subscribers with cash for referring friends

Mobile carriers are always looking to steal customers away from each, as Christmas and New Year's promotions over the last few years have proven. But Verizon's latest program relies on an old tactic: getting you to do all the work. Verizon subscribers can now take part in a customer referral program, getting rewarded with cash for convincing their friends to switch to the network.

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T-Mobile Binge On adds PBS, Dailymotion Games and more

T-Mobile Binge On adds PBS, Dailymotion Games and more

This week, T-Mobile expanded its Binge On streaming program for the sixth time, marking the latest instance it has added video providers in the past seven months. This time around, the Uncarrier has added the video providers PBS and PBS Kids, Dailymotion Games, and more; as with other providers under the program, users can stream videos from these destinations without it counting against their high-speed data allotment.

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Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

Google Fi expands coverage with U.S. Cellular deal

While Google’s mobile OS is dominating the smartphone market, the tech giant isn’t content with just making phones and the Android OS. Last year they launched Google Fi, which is their first venture into being a mobile phone carrier. The project seems to have been doing well, and today they’ve struck a deal that will expand their coverage.

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T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

Today T-Mobile USA has revealed a plan to give users single stocks in exchange for bringing new customers into the fold. In the prospectus for this plan, T-Mobile suggests that these stocks can be given to T-Mobile customers "who are individuals" (not businesses) for one of three different reasons. Stocks can be given for being customers, becoming customers, or referring new customers. It seems relatively simple. T-Mobile USA also suggests that redemptions of "Stock Up Rewards" will be "fulfulfilled through open market purchases of Shares by LOYAL3 Securities, Inc. ("LOYAL3 Securities")."

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T-Mobile Tourist Plan gives travelers 3 weeks of service

T-Mobile Tourist Plan gives travelers 3 weeks of service

Planning to visit the U.S. soon and not sure what you're going to do about cellphone service? T-Mobile is hoping you'll subscribe to its newly announced 'Tourist Plan,' a $30/month subscription option that grants travelers access to the carrier's U.S. service for three weeks. During those three weeks, subscribers will get unlimited data, including a couple gigs of high-speed, a bunch of minutes, and more.

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Sprint lures customers to XXL plan with a year of Amazon Prime

Sprint lures customers to XXL plan with a year of Amazon Prime

We often see mobile carriers throw in bonuses or discounts on plans in an effort to lure away customers from rivals, especially during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period. But here we are, in the middle of May, and Sprint has just launched a pretty attractive promotion for its new Better Choice XXL plan: sign up and get a year of Amazon Prime for free.

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Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

In this age of smartphone dominance, data caps from mobile carriers can be a real pain. Anytime a large chunk of free data is offered, customers should take notice. This is exactly the case for Verizon users, as the company just announced a promotion that will reward them with 2GB of free data at no charge. It's available to anyone with an Android device that supports Android Pay, and all they need to do is try out the contactless payment system three times.

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T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

The folks at T-Mobile USA are aiming to out-do the industry on clarity of voice calling with a technology they call Enhanced Voice Services (EVS). According to the network that just began offering data plans with the option of skipping out on voice, EVS is a system which improves voice call reliability and creates "higher-fidelity calls" in the process. This service is already active on the LG G5 on T-Mobile, and will be active on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge soon.

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