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Verizon’s shared data plans imminent, reveals leak

Verizon’s shared data plans imminent, reveals leak

Verizon has long hinted at and recently confirmed that it will begin offering shared data plans sometime this year. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo had said that the transition would take time, calling it a long-term migration, but he insisted that the new billing method should start rolling out by mid-year. And according to a leaked screenshot obtained by PhoneArena, it looks like the carrier is moving forward swiftly with its plans.

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I’m dumping my mobile data for NetZero free wireless ASAP

I’m dumping my mobile data for NetZero free wireless ASAP

This week NetZero is re-spinning the deal that made them famous: free internet, with a few catches - and not nearly enough catches to turn me away from dropping my mobile data bill altogether. When I head out of the house and pick up my smartphone, I check my email, reply to text messages, maybe make a call, and thats it. I find the cost of wireless data appalling, monthly bills reaching nearly $100 across an average family of four's multiple smart devices - so why not drop it all entirely for NetZero's new free wireless plan?

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AT&T offers quiet settlement for iPhone data throttling lawsuit

AT&T offers quiet settlement for iPhone data throttling lawsuit

AT&T is offering a quiet settlement to iPhone user, Matthew Spaccarelli, who sued and won against the carrier in small claims court last month over the throttling of his unlimited data plan. Declining the offer, Spaccarelli has forwarded the letter from AT&T's lawyers to the Associated Press, revealing that the carrier threatened to cut his service plan if he refused to talk with the company.

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AT&T increases unlimited data throttling threshold

AT&T increases unlimited data throttling threshold

AT&T revealed today that it has made some adjustments to its data throttling policy for customers still subscribed to legacy unlimited data plans. Customers on these unlimited data plans will now have a higher data cap before throttling kicks in. For those on HSPA+ plans the cap will be 3GB per month, while the cap for LTE customers will be 5GB.

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Verizon CFO says family data plans coming mid-year

Verizon CFO says family data plans coming mid-year

During an investors conference today, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed that the carrier plans to launch shared family data plans by mid-year. There had been plenty of speculation about the new data offering, which Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed would start sometime in 2012. But the time frame has always remained vague and even with Shammo's affirmation, he qualifies it still as a "long-term migration" that won't happen instantly on launch.

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AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T has revealed plans to launch a new service that would give mobile app developers the option of paying for the mobile data used by their app subscribers. Although this sounds ludicrous, AT&T's network and technology head John Donovan likened it to offering a 1-800 Toll-Free option for apps, where developers could motivate users to download and use their apps if the data involved in using the apps didn't count towards the users' data plan limits.

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AT&T explains 2GB throttling of unlimited data plans

AT&T explains 2GB throttling of unlimited data plans

AT&T had to explain its data throttling practices after news broke that some of its unlimited data customers were being slapped with slow data speeds after using only 2GB of data. The unlimited data plans were discontinued back in 2010, replaced by tiered plans, but some customers have been grandfathered in. AT&T then announced a new throttling policy that began last October, but said the change would only affect the top five percent of its heaviest data users.

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Wikipedia to be first Data Free mobile website on Earth

Wikipedia to be first Data Free mobile website on Earth

When the term Data Free comes up on your news readers and in the newspapers in the coming months, you'll know that it started here, and with Wikipedia and Orange, who together will be offering free - that is, without data charges - use of Wikipedia's vast knowledge archive. What this means for the future of the mobile industry is this: the door has been opened to free data, or at least that's what Wikipedia is aiming at through mobile users in Africa and the Middle East soon. Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation have announced in a press release today that they are aiming to make their store of information available for free to those who need it, those who otherwise would have no such simple access to the information you and I take for granted.

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T-Mobile quietly launching 5GB, 10GB data plan deal on January 25

T-Mobile quietly launching 5GB, 10GB data plan deal on January 25

T-Mobile is preparing to launch Unlimited Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans that can have Smartphone Mobile Hotspot and MobileLife Album Plus services added on for free, according to a leaked memo obtained by TMoNews. The promotion will be launched quietly, meaning the company won't actively promote the deal and the additional free services are only included if customers ask for them.

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AT&T gets the tail end of this mobile price change, not consumers

AT&T gets the tail end of this mobile price change, not consumers

Since yesterday when news broke that AT&T would be changing both their prices and their data allowances on new users accounts for the 2012 season, there's been one whole heck of a lot of dissent out there on why people "hate AT&T even more", and so forth. What's not showing up nearly enough is the fact that with these new price "hikes" also comes a better data to price ratio as well as the ability to keep your old prices if that's what you enjoy more. Instead of griping about how AT&T is raising their prices, perhaps a glance at the fact that it's not you, current AT&T customer, who will be footing the bill, nor will it be someone who previously payed less.

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