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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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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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Republic Wireless upsets subscribers with new data plans

Republic Wireless upsets subscribers with new data plans

Republic Wireless has decided it was time to do away with unlimited data, and instead go with a new refund-based data setup where users buy the amount of data they think they need and then either pay more if they go over or get a refund for unused data at the end of the month. The new arrangement hurts for those who took full advantage of the unlimited data arrangement, but for users with more modest data demands it will still prove more budget-friendly than alternatives on some of the bigger name wireless carriers.

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iPhones on T-Mobile getting hit with blue screen of death, crashes

iPhones on T-Mobile getting hit with blue screen of death, crashes

If you have an iPhone and T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, there's a growing issue that you should be aware of. It seems an increasing number of users are finding their device affected crashes and restarts, plus a return of the Windows error of old in the form of a "blue screen of death." Judging by reports of the issue, it seems to have started only in the last 24 hours or so. Again, this isn't affecting all iPhones, only those on T-Mobile as of now.

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iPhone: AT&T 2-year contract no longer available at Apple Stores

iPhone: AT&T 2-year contract no longer available at Apple Stores

About two weeks ago it was reported that US carrier AT&T was going to begin moving away from 2-year contracts on smartphones it offers, instead trying to push customers to sign up for its AT&T Next plan. The change was predicted to begin on June 1st, and while it's a few days late, it appears that's what AT&T is now doing, starting with iPhones sold at Apple Stores. As of today, purchasing an iPhone on AT&T from Apple will require users to choose AT&T Next.

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