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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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Boost Mobile launches no-contract WiFi mobile hotspot

Boost Mobile launches no-contract WiFi mobile hotspot

The 3rd-party brands are bringing heat this week - right in the face of companies like T-Mobile USA, Boost Mobile is bringing no-contract WiFi Hotspot plans starting at $25 a month. Of course these plans aren't all that beefy. For $25 a month you're going to get 1.5GB - that'll probably last you a few days, maybe. Those users looking for higher amounts of data can go with a 50-dollar a month plan for 10GB of data - that's excluding taxes and surcharges. These plans are for low data, on-the-go users.

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T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

The end might be near for Unlimited Data with T-Mobile USA. What today's newest plan does is introduce a $100 two-person plan that gives each person 10GB of data on 4G LTE. Each additional line after the first two is $20 per month, and each additional line added gives that person 10GB of data. You can also add an additional 20GB of data to a person's plan for $10. Once your data per month is used up, your speed decreases - the plus side is you still have "unlimited data" to use.

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Microsoft Skype WiFi to become Microsoft WiFi

Microsoft Skype WiFi to become Microsoft WiFi

A new website has popped up that shows Microsoft intends to rebrand its Skype WiFi service to Microsoft WiFi. Skype WiFi is a service that makes it easier for people to connect to public hotspots as they go about their day to help save on data plan usage and reduce phone bills. The rebranding has been tipped by a website that has been pushed live, but Microsoft hasn’t said anything official about the change just yet.

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AT&T changes stance on hard throttling for users of unlimited data plans

AT&T changes stance on hard throttling for users of unlimited data plans

In the early days of the smartphone when the original iPhone launched, you could get actual unlimited data plans with the device. As time went on AT&T and other carriers began to put limits on the "unlimited" plans much to the anger of their customers. If you are on one of those old grandfathered unlimited data plans, you know that the way AT&T tries to keep you from using what you pay for is by throttling your speed.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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AT&T loses bid to have FTC lawsuit dropped

AT&T loses bid to have FTC lawsuit dropped

AT&T’s attempt to have a lawsuit brought forth by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dismissed has been swatted away. The FTC sued AT&T for throttling customers who had unlimited data plans late last year, saying AT&T was being deceitful in bringing unlimited plans that down-shifted the download speeds after a certain point. AT&T was attempting to use their classification as a common carrier for voice service as legal grounds for the dismissal. Judge Edward Chen of the US District Court in Northern California wasn’t having it.

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T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

As their latest ‘uncarrier’ event approaches, T-Mobile is shaking things up in prepaid. Now, qualifying Simple Choice prepaid plans can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Data Stash, which lets users bank unused data for use later on. That also means T-Mobile prepaid customers via Simple Choice will get that impressive 10GB Start Stash, which is like a digital nest egg for data. Prepaid data stashing is set to start on March 22, so expect to have your 10GB stash ready for you at that time.

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AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

It's March now, so the holiday shopping season is long past which also means that the sweet holiday deals by mobile carriers past us as well. According to AT&T's CFO John Stephens, the mobile network market, "seems to have stabilized." This appears to indicate that AT&T and other mobile carriers are back to increasing their fees and scaling back on their promotional offerings. AT&T claimed that right now they aren't particularly seeking out net additions, or more customers joining than leaving their services. This may signify a strategy change for all mobile networks.

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FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

TracFone has been issued a $40 million fine today by the FTC, who have ruled on a complaint regarding ‘unlimited’ data. The carrier was selling ‘unlimited’ data plans to customers, but heavy throttling made those plans unusable at a certain point. Though this ruling is limited to TracFone, it sets a precedent moving forward. According to the FTC, TracFone broke a promise to its customers, and is guilty of throttling data speeds by as much as 90% for some users.

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T-Mobile gives a SCORE! to those who can’t JUMP! [UPDATE]

T-Mobile gives a SCORE! to those who can’t JUMP! [UPDATE]

T-Mobile seems to be really intent in giving its customers a fighting chance at the latest smartphones, even those who are normally ineligible for the carrier's programs. Last week, T-Mobile introduced "Smartphone Equality" for those whose credit ratings don't exactly meet the qualifications but have been paying their bills on time for 12 months in a row. Now T-Mobile is offering a new program called SCORE!, designed to let those ineligible for its JUMP! offer to also switch to a new device after 6 or 12 months.

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Verizon CFO: carrier is a ‘leader’, won’t follow T-Mobile’s data sharing

Verizon CFO: carrier is a ‘leader’, won’t follow T-Mobile’s data sharing

T-Mobile’s data rollover plan is — well, it’s awesome. Quickly, AT&T followed suit with their own limited scheme, but T-Mobile is the champion of data rollover, plain and simple. Verizon is the king of carriers here int he United States, but we shouldn’t look to them to bend to our wants. CFO Fram Shammo recently detailed just how disinterested Verizon was in any kind of data rollover plan. If you read between the lines, Shammo even takes a swipe at T-Mobile in the process.

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