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UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK wireless carrier Three has announced that it will begin block ads for all its subscribers at the network level. The company has partnered with the startup Shine, with the intent to remove "excessive and irrelevant mobile ads" for users, and in turn reduce the strain on their bandwidth. Three says this move isn't an attempt to eliminate mobile advertising altogether, but instead is to give customers "more control and choice" over what appears on their devices.

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AT&T Unlimited wireless plans are back, with a catch

AT&T Unlimited wireless plans are back, with a catch

It's been a while since AT&T subscribers had an “unlimited” option. The company did away with their unlimited data plans a few years back, much to the disappointment of customers. In a surprise move, the company is bringing it back, but with one small catch.

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UK carrier O2 says mobile ad-blocking a possibility

UK carrier O2 says mobile ad-blocking a possibility

Following similar comments from EE about doing the same, UK carrier O2 has said it's also considering options for allowing its customers to block all mobile ads on their smartphones. In an interview with Business Insider, O2 said that they are already in the process of determining what kind of effects such technology would have on their network, and how it could be beneficial for customers.

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Sprint wants to charge you $700 for a $500 HTC One A9

Sprint wants to charge you $700 for a $500 HTC One A9

Sometimes carriers mark smartphones up from their standard, manufacturer price. Sometimes this amount of money is negligible - like AT&T's $20 over the standard $499 HTC will charge for the HTC One A9. But Sprint's not feeling like offering the device at HTC's current price - nor the lower price of $399 the device is currently at on promo. Instead, Sprint is charging users $696 for the HTC One A9. That's $197 more than HTC will charge AFTER their promo is done - or $297 more than HTC's current price for the same device.*

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T-Mobile strategy claimed to dwarf AT&T NumberSync

T-Mobile strategy claimed to dwarf AT&T NumberSync

It's an amusing week for customers and observers of AT&T and T-Mobile. The eternal rivalry between the two major US carriers have seemingly reached comic proportions. After a short episode regarding suggestions emailed to CEOs, the fight moves over to shared numbers of multiple devices. After AT&T formally revealed its NumberSync plans, T-Mobile quickly reacated, claiming that they have something in the works that will not only dwarf AT&T's offering, it would also be one that customers actually want and not what a carrier wants users to want.

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Verizon grandfathered unlimited data users face $20 price increase

Verizon grandfathered unlimited data users face $20 price increase

As most of the US's major wireless carriers have long stopped offering unlimited data plans, those companies must uphold the plan for users who entered contracts before they were discontinued, otherwise known as grandfathered users. Most of these carriers would certainly prefer these customers switch to one of their tiered plans, often trying to lure them with cheaper prices in exchange for low data caps, but it seem Verizon has another plan altogether: increase their bill by $20.

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15m T-Mobile consumers hacked: SSN and more taken

15m T-Mobile consumers hacked: SSN and more taken

The names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and more of fifteen million T-Mobile credit applicants have been stolen, the carrier has confirmed today. The hack focused on the servers of consumer credit agency Experian, which had stored credit assessment data of customers applying for service with T-Mobile between September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015.

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AT&T lifts unlimited data throttling to 22GB

AT&T lifts unlimited data throttling to 22GB

In an unexpected change of course, AT&T has announced a revision to its policy on throttling data speeds of customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans. Starting today, the carrier will not start throttling unlimited data users until go over 22GB within a single billing period. Previously the limit was 5GB on LTE or 3GB on 3G, and customers were said to only be throttled during times of network congestion.

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What you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 6s installment plan

What you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 6s installment plan

When Apple announced the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on Wednesday, it revealed the standard prices available when a user is on a two-year contract with a carrier. However, they also introduced an entirely new way to buy the device: through Apple's own iPhone Upgrade Program. The system is similar to installed payment plans from carriers, like AT&T's Next or Sprint's iPhone Forever; users make monthly payments on the device, and are eligible to upgrade every 12 months.

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Verizon debuts new XXL plan with 18GB of data per month

Verizon debuts new XXL plan with 18GB of data per month

It was just over a month ago when Verizon announced it was moving away from contracts with phone subsidies and instead shifting to plans with straightforward prices and data caps. The four plans come in S, M, L, and XL sizes, offering between 1GB and 12GB of data. Verizon has just added a fifth option for those who still weren't getting enough data, the XXL plan with 18GB of data for $100 per month.

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AT&T updates mobile data plans, adds calls to Canada & Mexico

AT&T updates mobile data plans, adds calls to Canada & Mexico

US carrier AT&T has announced a new range of wireless data plans today, consolidating a number of tiers and increasing the data allotment to others. Several of the more expensive plans now include calls and texts to both Canada and Mexico at no extra fee. These changes are likely in response to similar plans recently announced from T-Mobile, now the US's third-largest carrier and breathing down AT&T's neck a bit more.

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Select iOS 9 beta users able to use AT&T WiFi calling

Select iOS 9 beta users able to use AT&T WiFi calling

While the latest beta of iOS 9 was available to users starting last week, AT&T on Tuesday began rolling out support for the new WiFi calling feature. A number of AT&T subscribers across the US have reported they've been successful in activating and using WiFi calling within hours of the rollout. The feature, which will be limited to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when the final version of iOS 9 is released this fall, lets users place a traditional phone call over a WiFi network instead of over their cellular network.

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