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Google Mobile Phone Service tipped in Fiber bid

Google Mobile Phone Service tipped in Fiber bid

In a roll-out similar to Google’s Fiber internet release, the company is suggested this week to be bringing their own mobile device business to the United States. One rumor is that Google will be competing with the likes of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, the company would release their own coverage areas throughout North America. Another angle suggests that Google will ride with a company like Verizon as an MVNO.

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US outdoes Japan and China for mobile data demand

US outdoes Japan and China for mobile data demand

We are a data hungry country and we have the numbers to prove that. The US is on track to cross the $100 billion mark for revenue stemming from mobile data, according to analyst Chetan Sharma. You can say that it’s finally getting set in stone, that people are moving from the desktop to more mobile options like the smartphone and tablets.

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T-Mobile plans LTE for all by mid-2015: Snipes Verizon ads

T-Mobile plans LTE for all by mid-2015: Snipes Verizon ads

T-Mobile has started a new LTE roll-out, aiming to upgrade half of its existing 2G/EDGE spectrum to 4G by the end of 2014, along with an ambitious roadmap to use 700MHz A-Block spectrum it's currently in the process of acquiring for even more LTE this year. The news, which comes around a year after T-Mobile began its first LTE service, should see existing 2G and EDGE areas updated to LTE by the middle of 2015, the carrier predicts, as its legal department gets busy trying to take on Verizon Wireless' coverage maps.

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T-Mobile adds cellphones to international calling add-on

T-Mobile adds cellphones to international calling add-on

T-Mobile USA has tweaked its Stateside International Talk & Text calling add-on, adding a new tier of service that drops its limitation that international numbers must be landlines. The new $15 plan - $5 more than the existing Stateside International Talk & Text package launched in October last year - now includes unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the US to in excess of thirty countries worldwide.

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T-Mobile JUMP drops upgrade limit but adds minimum pay-off

T-Mobile JUMP drops upgrade limit but adds minimum pay-off

T-Mobile has updated its JUMP early-upgrade program to remove the minimum waiting period before customers can get a new phone, but you may end up paying more than before thanks to a tweak to the small print. JUMP, announced back in 2013, previously permitted an upgrade every six months in return for a $10 per month fee (which also includes insurance); now, T-Mobile has dropped that six month minimum, but expects subscribers to also pay off at least half the cost of their phone in the process.

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Verizon MORE Everything cranks T-Mobile challenge (with an Edge proviso)

Verizon MORE Everything cranks T-Mobile challenge (with an Edge proviso)

Verizon's latest phone plans have been revealed, MORE Everything, boosting bundled data and throwing in cloud storage, though the best deals require subscribers to also sign up to Verizon Edge. The plans, which replace Verizon's existing Share Everything tariffs and can be shared among up to ten devices, promise as much as double the data as before - albeit only for those who have been on the lower data tiers so far - and 25GB of cloud storage, in addition to international messaging also being thrown in.

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T-Mobile wins fight for magenta against AT&T’s Aio Wireless

T-Mobile wins fight for magenta against AT&T’s Aio Wireless

T-Mobile has won its battle over the color magenta, with a federal court ruling AT&T's subsidiary brand Aio Wireless must cease using the distinctive hue. The case, filed back in August 2013, began when Aio Wireless - which targets cellphone users looking for prepaid or contract-free plans - started using large blocks of what it referred to as "plum" color in its advertisements and promotional materials.

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AT&T revamps plans with “Mobile Share Family Value” to stave off T-Mo

AT&T revamps plans with “Mobile Share Family Value” to stave off T-Mo

AT&T has introduced a new group tariff, Mobile Share Value Plan, aimed at families and small businesses perhaps tempted by T-Mobile's competitive "Uncarrier" prices. Available both for new sign-ups and existing subscribers, the plan - available from today - doesn't include subsidized devices for those fresh to AT&T's network, but cuts the cost of high data allowances (for those sharing over 10GB among multiple devices) and the price of adding different lines. The carrier claims that existing families all on AT&T could save as much as $100 per month by switching over.

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AT&T tries to buy loyalty after T-Mobile barbs

AT&T tries to buy loyalty after T-Mobile barbs

AT&T has ramped up its retaliation against T-Mobile, responding to criticisms that it was not doing enough for existing subscribers by offering them a new credit to avoid them jumping ship to the magenta upstart. The carrier will slap $100 in credit onto the monthly bill of any new or existing customer who activates a new line of service on their account, whether that be for a phone, tablet, hotspot, or wireless home line.

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