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Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

It would appear that T-Mobile is leading the charge with a number of data-only smartphone plans starting later this month. While a massive number of smartphone users use very little or no portion of their allotted voice call minutes here in the present, T-Mobile may be the first carrier to realize this, and act. With a plan. A Simple Choice mobile internet plan. The future is here - voice calling is only a little-used app, after all.

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Verizon offers 24GB data yearly for life for XL plans

Verizon offers 24GB data yearly for life for XL plans

Ever since carriers have redefined what the word "unlimited" means in their data plans, they have been scrambling to restore some consumer faith and offer subscribers more of that data, without getting into shaky unlimited territory. One such strategy is offering an additional serving of data per month, something that Verizon is doing once again. For those upgrading to or activating a new line on the carrier's XL or larger, which means XXL, data plans, they will be getting 2 GB of additional data per month for the rest of their life. Provided, of course, they remain on that plan, of course.

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Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Just because your main competitors are doing something isn't a good enough reason to do likewise. That seems to be the general sentiment that Fran Shammo, Verizon's Chief Financial Officer, was trying to convey to the press. But to be more specific, what he's saying is that unlimited data plans aren't going to be coming back any time soon. Or at all, as far as the carrier is concerned. This despite the fact that AT&T earlier this month did bring back the offering. Well, almost.

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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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Karma cuts Neverstop data plan speed in half due to abuse

Karma cuts Neverstop data plan speed in half due to abuse

It seems that the "Neverstop" nanme to the unlimited data plan for Karma Go's Wi-Fi hotspot service may not be so appropriate anymore. Within just two months of launching the subscription option, the service provider is actually stopping one of the main features of the service. Karma will be substantially throttling the data transfer speed of subscribers. The reason? The human desire to overcome boundaries. That and hogging up all the bandwidth to use the data plan for things deemed inappropriate and beyond Neverstop's true intentions.

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AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

The release date for the increase of prices for AT&T's grandfathered Unlimited Data plans has struck - coming your way this February. At that time, AT&T will hike the price from $30 for an unlimited data plan - which is insane by today's standards - to $35 USD. SO it's not so terrible. For now. This keeps AT&T's prices below the hikes of their main competition, with Verizon's still at $49 a month and T-Mobile's at $45. Then there's the throttling. Always with the throttling.

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MetroPCS gets Music Unlimited: streaming doesn’t count against data limits

MetroPCS gets Music Unlimited: streaming doesn’t count against data limits

US pre-paid carrier MetroPCS has just announced a new package aimed at users who frequently stream music. Dubbed "Music Unlimited," the plans allow customers unlimited use of streaming music services, all without counting towards their mobile data limits. The feature is actually a hand-me-down from parent company T-Mobile, which offers the same thing as Music Freedom.

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Karma Go hotspot launches $50 unlimited data plan

Karma Go hotspot launches $50 unlimited data plan

Karma, the makers of the Karma Go WiFi hotspot device, have just announced its second data plan since its latest model debuted this past summer. Now, in addition to the existing $14 per gigabyte Refuel plan, users can choose the new Neverstop option, which offers unlimited data for $50 per month. Just like the pay-as-you-go Refuel plan, Neverstop still relies on Sprint's network with a capped speed of 5 Mbps for downloads and uploads, so it won't suffice for Netflix binges, but with no usage limits or throttling, it could be a godsend in the right situation.

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European Parliament ratifies end to roaming charges

European Parliament ratifies end to roaming charges

We first started to hear about the EU taking action to reduce mobile roaming charges in 2007. Costs for mobile roaming started to come down significantly not long after that but it wasn’t until 2014 that EU lawmakers approved a plan to end roaming charges. That plan saw roaming rates cut by 55% not long after the pan was drafted.

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Verizon Wireless launches five new prepaid data plans

Verizon Wireless launches five new prepaid data plans

Buying data plans is sometimes harder than it really needs to be with lots of options and at times confusing pricing structures. Verizon Wireless has announced new simplified pre-paid data plan options that give users five different plans to choose from with no annual contract or credit checks.

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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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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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