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FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

Data throttling is nothing to overlook, especially for consumers. The FTC and FCC aren’t overlooking it either, with Verizon having fallen under their watchful gaze earlier this year. Now, the FTC has formally sued AT&T, claiming they deceptively throttled customers data. According to the lawsuit, AT&T throttled at least 3.5 million unique customers over 25 million times. In some cases, the FTC says data transfer speed was throttled by up to 90%! Even more concerning is that these throttling issues affect those on AT&T unlimited plans.

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FCC pressure stops Verizon’s data throttling plan

FCC pressure stops Verizon’s data throttling plan

Verizon was set to start throttling those users on unlimited data who had heavy data usage, but have reversed course. In response to heavy criticism from the public and FCC, Verizon is changing course, and will let those data hogs consume at their will.

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Apple now offering iPhone upgrades on AT&T Next

Apple now offering iPhone upgrades on AT&T Next

The Apple Store might be the only place you need to go for your iPhone, as Apple has started selling their smartphone with AT&T’s Next program. With that, you can now walk into an Apple Store, put no money down on a phone, and walk out only paying a monthly fee on top of your rate plan.

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T-Mobile going after heavy P2P data users on unlimited plans

T-Mobile going after heavy P2P data users on unlimited plans

If you’re tethering with T-Mobile, you might want to read through your terms and conditions. The carrier has reportedly sent an internal memo, suggesting they will take issue with certain folks who are tethering, and using their mobile devices on a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection. If that’s you, there may be consequences.

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Apple Stores may offer carrier early termination plans

Apple Stores may offer carrier early termination plans

After T-Mobile broke down the subsidy wall, all other carriers of note followed suit. Apple had enjoyed a close relationship to carriers with the subsidy model, but the new thinking is apparently coming to Apple Stores as well. Starting later this month, you might be able to buy your iPhone using a monthly installment plan from your favorite carrier.

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New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

T-Mobile already has the market cornered on low-cost, prepaid plans. They’re also not content to simply be the leader — they seem to want total ownership of prepaid. A new plan, breaking all kinds of molds in offering up ten-cent minutes and texts, speaks to that.

Verizon to start throttling some heavy unlimited data users

Verizon to start throttling some heavy unlimited data users

Verizon has been trying to coax users away from unlimited data plans for quite some time. As users upgrade, Verizon has prodded them onto capped and shared data plans, trying to divorce them from unlimited data. The latest method the nation’s largest carrier is using might be their boldest yet, as Verizon has started throttling heavy data users on unlimited plans.

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AT&T’s ‘Sponsored Data’ scheme gets a partner

AT&T’s ‘Sponsored Data’ scheme gets a partner

AT&T’s scheme for sponsored data is taking shape. The carrier has teamed up with Syntonic Wireless, which will serve as a conduit for free roaming. What began as a trial run and a few partners is quickly blooming into a new platform.

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‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

Recently, Comcast made news by opening up home WiFi routers for use publicly. By partitioning your WiFi signal, the company hopes to blanket an area with a signal. This has become a polarizing issue, but shouldn’t be for the reason of coverage alone. WiFi everywhere isn’t a new concept — in fact, it was the original concept for the phone you might be reading this on.

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AT&T GoPhone expands to tablets

AT&T GoPhone expands to tablets

AT&T has shaken up its prepaid GoPhone offering, expanding it to include tablets. This allows subscribers (or future subscribers) to bring their own tablets to the service, getting data on the go without shelling out for a yearly contract.

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Apple Stores may offer prepaid plans with iPhones soon

Apple Stores may offer prepaid plans with iPhones soon

Apple Stores in the US may let you walk out with a prepaid plan, soon. According to sources, the Cupertino firm will not only sell you a device at full price, they’ll also offer up a low-cost prepaid plan. This move is believed to be starting the last week of June.

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T-Mobile data outages reported in several major markets [Update]

T-Mobile data outages reported in several major markets [Update]

If your T-Mobile phone has gone silent, it’s not you. You’re not suddenly unpopular with the Uncarrier. It seems the carrier is seeing an outage that spans several major metropolitan areas, including their backyard of Seattle. T-Mobile has yet to address the issue.

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