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Scratch Wireless intros free WiFi-based cellular service ambitions

Scratch Wireless intros free WiFi-based cellular service ambitions

In a way similar to FreedomPop, Scratch Wireless has debuted with plans to bring the masses free cellular service, doing so by utilizing WiFi networks in what it calls a "Wi-Fi First" mobile service. The reason being is that monthly cell phone service costs are too high, it says, and that the service shouldn't cost anything when one can utilize a wireless network they already have available.

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T-Mobile doing away with grandfathered Simple Choice plans to make things easier

T-Mobile doing away with grandfathered Simple Choice plans to make things easier

T-Mobile, the self declared Uncarrier of the nation, has made a bunch of changes over the months. For those who were already on plans they liked and wanted to continue using, the carrier grandfathered them into the newer plans, leaving them at their previous rate and options though it wasn't available to new users. For some grandfathered subscribers, this is changing.

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US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

For those who prefer to spread their data amongst multiple users, such as a small business with its workers or a family under the same plan, US Cellular has announced that shared data plans are now available. The plans span data ranges from 1GB to 10GB, with different types of devices having different monthly device connection charges. Those interested can sign up for one of the shared plans now.

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NSA conducted test on identifying US cell phone locations

NSA conducted test on identifying US cell phone locations

The NSA reportedly conducted a test "pilot project" that involved the use of collecting bulk data and using it to identify the location of cellphones located in the United States. The government agency elected not to use the program for the time being, but could do so under a Patriot Act provision, Section 215, a legal means for the NSA to carry out some of its other activities.

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FreedomPop adds free monthly calls and texts on top of data

FreedomPop adds free monthly calls and texts on top of data

Back in June, we reported that FreedomPop was planning to add free calls and texts on top of free data, something that would result in a complete phone plan sans price tag. That time has come, with FreedomPop now offering a complete monthly subscription at no charge, giving users a decent number of texts and minutes per month on top of data, as well as a low-cost for-pay option for those who need more.

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