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Verizon and Vodafone $130bn deal reportedly agreed

Verizon and Vodafone $130bn deal reportedly agreed

Verizon and Vodafone have agreed on a $130 billion deal that will see Verizon buy out the UK carrier's near-half stake in the US business, sources claim, with a public announcement tipped for Labor Day Monday. News of the rekindled negotiations broke last week, with Vodafone going on to confirm today that the rumored $130bn figure was accurate. However, according to the WSJ's insiders, the deal has been agreed barring a few final formalities.

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AT&T Moto X lands August 23 with Skip in-box initially

AT&T Moto X lands August 23 with Skip in-box initially

AT&T will open up the Moto X Moto Maker customization tool from August 23, with all early users getting a free Motorola Skip wireless authentication dongle, the carrier has confirmed. Some of those who pre-registered on AT&T's Moto X page will actually get to log into Moto Maker and process their order a few days later, from August 19, the carrier says, intending to select a few random users and offer them beta access.

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AT&T Next device pricing dropped, undercuts Verizon Edge

AT&T Next device pricing dropped, undercuts Verizon Edge

Shortly after rolling out its Next monthly device payment program, AT&T was slapped with a plethora of criticism, not the least of which came from T-Mobile, which offers a similar program. T-Mobile fired out a couple rounds of advertisements that lambasted the program, as well as a couple of lengthy statements, something that perhaps helped spur the carrier's latest move: lower monthly device payments.

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TextNow launches budget mobile phone service with free incoming calls

TextNow launches budget mobile phone service with free incoming calls

TextNow is best known as a texting app that lets users send and receive text messages for free, but the service has expanded beyond such an offering, kicking off a budget-centric mobile phone service in the United States. With the service, subscribers will have small monthly payments alongside interesting plans that include things like free incoming phone calls in addition to unlimited texting.

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AT&T Study Abroad plan brings international service to overseas students

AT&T Study Abroad plan brings international service to overseas students

Depending on location, acquiring a cell phone when spending some times overseas can be a bit tricky and is often expensive, which is the antithesis of every budget-conscious student. For those participating in a study abroad program of some sort - whether as a teacher or as a student - AT&T has announced a new plan aptly named the Study Abroad plan with two monthly rate options.

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O2 4G launch August 29 as EE gets LTE competition

O2 4G launch August 29 as EE gets LTE competition

O2 UK has revealed its 4G LTE plans, giving carrier EE some competition for high-speed data. The new O2 4G service will go live on August 29, initially in London, Leeds, and Bradford, the FT reports, with the three cities being followed by a further ten before the end of 2013, the carrier has promised. The cheapest O2 LTE tariff will be £26 ($40) per month, though O2 is yet to detail exactly what that will include.

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