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T-Mobile One unlimited data plan announced, but there’s a big catch

T-Mobile One unlimited data plan announced, but there’s a big catch

T-Mobile has announced Un-Carrier 12, and it's a big one. The company is revamping its plans, getting rid of data caps and offering one new unlimited plan for everyone, appropriately named T-Mobile One. The new One plan, which offers up unlimited talk, text, and unlimited 4G LTE data for everyone on the service, will become available for post-paid subscribers on September 6, while T-Mobile CEO John Legere say the One plan will go live for pre-paid subscribers a short time after.

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AT&T wireless plan “Mobile Share Advantage” will throttle your data

AT&T wireless plan “Mobile Share Advantage” will throttle your data

This week the folks at AT&T have introduced another data plan for the masses, one we're about to run down and tear apart for you right now. This new data plan's name is very similar to the other plans AT&T has available. While this new plan offers data without overage charges, users will find their data speeds throttled to a much slower rate once they've run through their allotted data for the month. Pricing is also extremely similar to previous plans.

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Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed their new My Verizon app - as well as a new set or prices for all customers. This update includes additions of data allowance as well as price jumps between $5 and $10 dollars per month. Not by coincidence, users will find Verizon making a bigger deal out of the new app than they are out of the new data plan pricing structure, which will also bring higher data allowances per tier.

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Verizon TravelPass axes roaming charges for globetrotters

Verizon TravelPass axes roaming charges for globetrotters

This week Verizon has announced a plan that traveling Verizon device owners can use to dismiss overage fees. This system is called TravelPass, and it'll cost $2 per day in Canada and Mexico, or $10 per day in a variety of countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Caribbean and Central and South America. Each minute of time you call, each text you send, and each MB of data you use will then be deducted from your current domestic plan instead of being knocked out with massive overseas charges.

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Sprint wants to “protect” you with data throttling

Sprint wants to “protect” you with data throttling

Sprint's "Unlimited" data plans are about to become ever-so-slightly limited. The company has initiated a new "Quality of Service" practice that'll throttle data once you've used a certain amount in a month. This is not unheard of - throttling of data (making data speeds go slower after you've used a certain amount) - is something that most major data networks have been guilty of in the past. Sprint's newest effort to make this practice OK with consumers is to cut back on data speed in the name of protecting those that don't use more than an average amount.

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Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

The European Commission has announced that an agreement has been reached that will finally put an end to roaming charges within Europe on June 15th, 2017. That means in just under 2 years Europeans will be able to travel to other countries in the European Union (EU), and pay the same cell phone rates as they do at home. This includes countries like France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, and many, many more.

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T-Mobile JUMP On Demand plan lets you change phones 3x a year

T-Mobile JUMP On Demand plan lets you change phones 3x a year

The newest update to T-Mobile USA's plan to take over the wireless industry includes an update of their JUMP plan. While before this update, T-Mobile's JUMP plan allowed users to upgrade from one phone to another without a major fee, this new "JUMP! On Demand" plan allows users to swap phones up to three times a year. Where before, JUMP required T-Mobile users to pay a $10 per-month fee, this plan costs nothing extra per month. Like Missy Elliot, T-Mobile is remixing their own jams before the competition remixes it for them.

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AT&T “vigorously disputes” FCC fine

AT&T “vigorously disputes” FCC fine

AT&T sends a response to the FCC regarding a $100 million dollar fine for throttling Unlimited Data users on their network. FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc made clear earlier today that "the Commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits." AT&T has responded with a statement which suggests they will fight back against the FCC in this matter "vigorously", going on to say that they've gone above and beyond the FCC's requirements in this matter, informing consumers of their data speed limits when they have Unlimited Data allowances more than the FCC required.

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AT&T changes conditions for throttling grandfathered unlimited data users

AT&T changes conditions for throttling grandfathered unlimited data users

Nationwide carrier AT&T made a quiet revision to one of its policies this week over how it treats customers with grandfathered smartphone plans for unlimited data. Previously, those users had their data speeds throttled after exceeding either 5 gigabytes of LTE data or 3 gigabytes of 3G data within a month. The carrier would reduce customers' data speeds regardless of how congested the network was at those times. AT&T's revised policy now states in will only throttle unlimited data users during times or places with high network congestion.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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AT&T loses bid to have FTC lawsuit dropped

AT&T loses bid to have FTC lawsuit dropped

AT&T’s attempt to have a lawsuit brought forth by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dismissed has been swatted away. The FTC sued AT&T for throttling customers who had unlimited data plans late last year, saying AT&T was being deceitful in bringing unlimited plans that down-shifted the download speeds after a certain point. AT&T was attempting to use their classification as a common carrier for voice service as legal grounds for the dismissal. Judge Edward Chen of the US District Court in Northern California wasn’t having it.

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AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

AT&T comments may indicate a lull in deals for mobile plans

It's March now, so the holiday shopping season is long past which also means that the sweet holiday deals by mobile carriers past us as well. According to AT&T's CFO John Stephens, the mobile network market, "seems to have stabilized." This appears to indicate that AT&T and other mobile carriers are back to increasing their fees and scaling back on their promotional offerings. AT&T claimed that right now they aren't particularly seeking out net additions, or more customers joining than leaving their services. This may signify a strategy change for all mobile networks.

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