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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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T-Mobile To Switch From Throttling To Overages For 200MB Data Plans

T-Mobile To Switch From Throttling To Overages For 200MB Data Plans

T-Mobile may be one of the last carriers left still offering an unlimited data plan, but that could change very soon for at least customers on their lowest data plan offering. A leaked image of an internal document reveals that T-Mobile will be returning to overage charges on their 200MB unlimited data plan, which used to throttle speeds once customers went over the limit, essentially making them no longer unlimited.

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AT&T Confirms Data Throttling To Start October 1

AT&T Confirms Data Throttling To Start October 1

Yesterday we talked about the rumor that AT&T may start throttling the data speeds of its unlimited data plan subscribers, specifically the heaviest-use customers that surpass a certain data threshold per month. Well, that's no longer just speculation. The carrier has come forth and made an official announcement today revealing that the throttling would start on October 1.

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WiFi 802.22 Technology Promises Wireless Data Over 60 Miles: Say Goodbye to Data Plans

WiFi 802.22 Technology Promises Wireless Data Over 60 Miles: Say Goodbye to Data Plans

It's the news bit you've been waiting years to hear! The folks at the IEEE standards body have today announced a next-generation WiFi IEEE 802.22TM standard - technology that's designed to facilitate wireless data transfer up to 60 miles (or a hundred kilometers) at 22Mbps. This technology is said to work over these great distances by utilizing television bands - without interfering with the reception of existing television broadcast stations at that. Imagine it - connect to your HambergerDLX network anywhere inside your town from your smartphone with no data plan costs. Magical freedom!

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AT&T Throttling Heavy-Use Unlimited Data Subscribers In Early October

AT&T Throttling Heavy-Use Unlimited Data Subscribers In Early October

If you're an AT&T customer still holding onto an unlimited data plan, you may start noticing some changes in the coming months. It's rumored that AT&T will begin throttling data speeds for its heavy-use unlimited data subscribers starting the first week of October. This could be another sign that the iPhone 5 is indeed landing in September and that AT&T is anticipating major data network congestion soon thereafter.

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