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European Commission slashes roaming rates by 55%

European Commission slashes roaming rates by 55%

The European Commission has drastically slashed roaming rates in the EU, dropping them by 55-percent effective starting July 1. That's not the end of the news, however: the Commission has also revealed that it is working on nixing roaming charges altogether.

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Virgin Mobile’s latest plan makes you choose between texting and talking

Virgin Mobile’s latest plan makes you choose between texting and talking

Following its text-and-voice-only promotional plan launched earlier this week, Virgin Mobile is going farther in the no-data direction, launching a cheaper $20 PayLo plan that offers only one thing: texting or voice, depending on which you select.

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Virgin Mobile launches no-data subscription plan

Virgin Mobile launches no-data subscription plan

At a time when many are pining for simple data-only smartphone plans, there's a subset among us who still use their phones in a decidedly traditional manner: voice calls and perhaps texting. Those individuals don't want to pay for the data they don't use, and often gravitate towards smaller carriers that tailor to those wants.

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Here’s how Amazon may get you to buy their new phone

Here’s how Amazon may get you to buy their new phone

We’ve all but confirmed an Amazon phone is on the horizon, with a mystery device in the announcement and poorly edited video teasing the device. What remained to be seen was just how Amazon would tie their offering into Prime. A new report hints at just how we’ll be able to take advantage of an Amazon phone on our carrier of choice.

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T-Mobile announces mysterious new site called “The Underground”

T-Mobile announces mysterious new site called “The Underground”

T-Mobile has a curious new program for us. Via Google+, we find T-Mobile bragging up an exclusive club of sorts, with “limited-stock devices and accessories reserved for true enthusiasts”. Called The Underground, T-Mobile seems to want to create an avenue for oddball devices to make their way to the tech-hungry minority.

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Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Remember those family calling circles, where you had to put a few of your closest pals (and parents) in a special circle, and calls to them wouldn’t count against your plan allotment? It was a pretty terrible scheme, but it may be coming back. A patent has been found, detailing how Vic Gundotra and the Google+ team imagine their circles feature would work with carriers. It’s a bit complicated, but has some interesting potential.

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Text-to-911 available on all carriers starting May 15

Text-to-911 available on all carriers starting May 15

The ability to text an emergency to 911 has long been in the works, and will finally be realized this month. Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be able to handle your 911 texts. While the program is not designed to take the place of calls to 911, it does provide a necessary option for those in dangerous circumstances.

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Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.

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CTIA unveils smartphone anti-theft commitment

CTIA unveils smartphone anti-theft commitment

CTIA - The Wireless Association has announced the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, the latest in a long line of plans and deliberation on how to curb smartphone thefts. The commitment is split into two parts, and includes several big-name carriers and handset makers.

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T-Mobile ending “greedy, predatory” overage charges altogether

T-Mobile ending “greedy, predatory” overage charges altogether

This week T-Mobile USA has made clear that they’ll be trashing all overage charges for smartphones, tablets, and any other device on their network. This move was started with their Simple Choice plan last year, and will now be spread to all devices on all plans.

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BlackBerry cuts licensing partnership with T-Mobile

BlackBerry cuts licensing partnership with T-Mobile

It might sound like a headline worthy of April Fools, but BlackBerry is a company that can hardly afford such a joke. The embattled smartphone maker has just announced that come April 25, it will no longer renew its license agreement with T-Mobile that allows the carrier to sell BlackBerry devices.

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AT&T announces early upgrade option for 6-month old subscribers

AT&T announces early upgrade option for 6-month old subscribers

The battle between carriers is reaching a new chapters. After T-Mobile and Verizon announced new deals to entice new users or keep old ones from switching sides, AT&T is now also revealing a new offer under its AT&T Next program.

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