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Verizon carrier billing coming to Google Play

Verizon carrier billing coming to Google Play

If you've been with T-Mobile or AT&T in the past and miss your ability to add Google Play purchases to your carrier bill each month now that you're on Verizon, you'll be glad to know that they'll be joining the party too quite soon. A confirmation of this update to the Google Play store as well as Verizon's connection to it has come through today via Google Play's official twitter account, complete with a date range for the roll out. If you're on Verizon you'll be able to add digital purchases to your normal carrier bill starting soon - within the next few weeks, in fact!

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T-Mobile iPhone 5 ready for action with NanoSIM release

T-Mobile iPhone 5 ready for action with NanoSIM release

It's time to get your T-Mobile iPhone 5 party started with T-Mobile's own NanoSIM made specifically - since there's no other phone that uses it - for the current-generation Apple smartphone. What we're seeing today is the NanoSIM in a set of T-Mobile stores across the USA - the one you're seeing in this post appears to have been sent out - or at least printed - near the end of September. With these NanoSIM cards users will be able to plug their non-carrier-specific iPhone into the T-Mobile network for big pink connectivity across the USA.

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T-Mobile iPhone again in the mix with “Unlimited & Unlocked” plans

T-Mobile iPhone again in the mix with “Unlimited & Unlocked” plans

It appears that the folks at T-Mobile are aiming to keep or gain a new collection of customers on iPhone 5 day - that being this Wednesday - with a plan they call "Unlimited & Unlocked." This plan will have customers bringing in their unlocked iPhone devices - of all kinds, we must assume, hint hint - with a lure of unlimited data in the mix. Whether or not they'll offer the same deal for the iPhone 5 as they are prepared to with the iPhone 4S and below is not yet known - what is known is that this is T-Mobile's biggest effort to date for working with a phone that they don't even carry.

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AT&T defends blocking 3G FaceTime with FCC rule wording

AT&T defends blocking 3G FaceTime with FCC rule wording

This morning the folks at AT&T have made it clear that they will indeed be blocking Apple's FaceTime usage over their 3G network unless users switch to their new data plan, and have defended this move with a reiteration of an FCC rule on the subject. The FCC has a rule in place that keeps carriers from blocking applications that compete with their own - but because AT&T does not have an application that competes with FaceTime, they've made it clear that they feel justified in this situation. AT&T representative Bob Quinn spoke up today with assurances that criticism of this move by the carrier is nothing more than a "knee jerk reaction" on the part of users.

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AT&T Mobile Share Plans start August 23: get set up now

AT&T Mobile Share Plans start August 23: get set up now

This week the folks at AT&T have unleashed a bit more information on their next generation of shared data plans for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This new set of plans for families, businesses, and groups of associates in general gets you ready for the shared data future as it hits AT&T on August 23rd, 2012. AT&T has provided a "Mobile Share Planner tool" that you can use to mark what you'll need and how much you'll be paying for it as well.

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AT&T shared data skewered by T-Mobile claims

AT&T shared data skewered by T-Mobile claims

With AT&T and Verizon releasing shared data plans this summer, AT&T's plans appearing just earlier today, T-Mobile has released a statement skewering their competitors' methods and data plans. Coming straight from the keyboard of Harry Thomas, director of product marketing with T-Mobile, you'll find T-Mobile appearing very much as the hero while the other two carriers are dashed and set on fire - figuratively. Have a peek and decide for yourself if AT&T and Verizon's plans are as "costly, complicated, punitive" as T-Mobile says they are.

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AT&T vs. Verizon: Shared Data Showdown

AT&T vs. Verizon: Shared Data Showdown

This week AT&T has joined the "shared data" party that Verizon has been a part of for a few weeks, now it's time to run down which of the two brings on a better deal for you. You'll of course want to keep in mind first and foremost that these two networks have different coverage areas and that they've, for the most part, got a different device selection as well. If you're looking for an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy S III at this very moment, it's the carriers you'll be looking at - and both AT&T and Verizon are vying for your attention right this second.

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AT&T ‘regrets’ Unlimited Data

AT&T ‘regrets’ Unlimited Data

This week AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke up with the New York Times on his biggest regret, that being AT&T's first introduction of unlimited mobile data for smartphone customers. This will probably not come as a huge surprise for customers who had less than an entertaining time about two years ago when unlimited data died for the first time on the network with tiered data bumping up costs each year since. But for AT&T, and every other mobile carrier for that matter, it only makes basic business sense (and dollars) that you'd make a customer pay for a product based on how much of it they take.

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