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Verizon defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Verizon defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Completely disregarding the rules of net neutrality put in place last year by the FCC, Verizon has just made a controversial change to its own Go90 mobile video service: any content watching on the app won't count towards customers' LTE data limits. Watching videos from any other source? That's going to eat into their monthly allotment. The move follows rival T-Mobile with its Binge On service, which also throttles video content.

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Verizon launches WiFi calling for Galaxy S6, iPhone support coming in 2016

Verizon launches WiFi calling for Galaxy S6, iPhone support coming in 2016

Verizon announced over the weekend that it would finally be joining the other major US mobile carrier in launching support for WiFi calling, starting this week. The bad news is that it will be fairly limited in terms of which phones subscribers can use with the feature: it will only be compatible with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge until "early next year." Verizon says they will begin rolling out the necessary software update tomorrow, December 8th.

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Google ships LEGO bricks to Project Fi users [UPDATE]

Google ships LEGO bricks to Project Fi users [UPDATE]

Those relative few of you on Google's cellular network business Project Fi should be receiving an odd package in the mail this week. What's inside, you might ask? Why, LEGO bricks, of course. A set of LEGO* bricks that, when put together correctly, create a phone stand for your device. Encouragement for the next generation of Google-made smartphones is also included in the box in the form of a USB-C to USB Standard A Plug Cable. How handy!

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T-Mobile: all subscribers get 3 months unlimited LTE in holiday promo

T-Mobile: all subscribers get 3 months unlimited LTE in holiday promo

As T-Mobile continues to drive home its "un-carrier" mantra with new features and plans, the company has just announced a new "Un-Carrier Unwrapped" promotion that should make subscribers very happy this holiday season. The promo is said to release a new "gift" each week for the next month, with the first being announced today: all existing Simple Choice customers will get 3 months of unlimited LTE data.

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MetroPCS gets Music Unlimited: streaming doesn’t count against data limits

MetroPCS gets Music Unlimited: streaming doesn’t count against data limits

US pre-paid carrier MetroPCS has just announced a new package aimed at users who frequently stream music. Dubbed "Music Unlimited," the plans allow customers unlimited use of streaming music services, all without counting towards their mobile data limits. The feature is actually a hand-me-down from parent company T-Mobile, which offers the same thing as Music Freedom.

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T-Mobile Binge On’s gritty little fine print

T-Mobile Binge On’s gritty little fine print

T-Mobile is doing its Uncarrier thing again and this time it's unlimited streaming video that's on offer, but your eyes may not thank you. Binge On follows in the footsteps of the carrier's unlimited streaming music perk, this time around offering video from services like Netflix and Hulu, but there's a resolution price to pay in return.

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FreedomPop, Intel’s Wi-Fi first smartphone takes on Google Fi

FreedomPop, Intel’s Wi-Fi first smartphone takes on Google Fi

Google's Project Fi was more than the MVNO that people have been expecting, at least based on earlier rumors. Instead of a simple, directly mobile service that would compete with carriers, Project Fi made a tempting proposition: a service that automatically switched back and forth between paid cellular connection and free Wi-Fi depending on the latter's availability. That is the new paradigm that FreedomPop and Intel are chasing after in a partnership that will see not only a new service to compete with Project Fi but a new smartphone as well.

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T-Mobile wants you to host an LTE tower for everyone in your area

T-Mobile wants you to host an LTE tower for everyone in your area

The folks at T-Mobile have announced a 4G LTE CellSpot, a device you'll put in your living room to amp up your LTE coverage. At first this might seem like a pretty radical idea - bringing a piece of equipment into your home to ramp up your 4G LTE coverage at no additional cost to you. Pretty neat, yes? But these "CellSpot" devices aren't just for you. They provide additional coverage to every T-Mobile user within range, as well.

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Verizon seeks FCC permission for WiFi calling, following AT&T

Verizon seeks FCC permission for WiFi calling, following AT&T

Following all the hubbub early this month about AT&T requesting formal permission from the FCC to offer WiFi calling, and in turn complaining about rivals' doing so without permission, Verizon is now seeking the same from the regulatory agency. A FCC waiver is technically required, as WiFi calling doesn't support TTY (teletypewriter), an aging technology that helps those with hearing impairments, and is enforced by the FCC.

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