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T-Mobile Data Stash — what you need to know

T-Mobile Data Stash — what you need to know

T-Mobile rolled out Data Stash today, which lets you roll your data over month-to-month, and just sounds super awesome. It is, too, at least at first blush. There’s not much trickery, here, but the wizard of data (I literally just made that up) John Legere is now firmly staking claim that data is important, and we want more of it. Is Data Stash all its cracked up to be, though? We examine the nuances of T-Mobile’s killer concept so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into -- if you're even eligible.

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T-Mobile rolls out ‘Data Stash’, rolls data over month-to-month

T-Mobile rolls out ‘Data Stash’, rolls data over month-to-month

Wow. That’s what we have to say right now about Uncarrier 8 from T-Mobile. Starting soon, T-Mobile customers can roll their data over month to month. Rather than have to pick your plan and hope for the best -- or worse, throttle yourself and how you use your phone to avoid extra charges -- T-Mobile is letting their “post-paid” customers roll data over month to month. In addition to all the other Uncarrier moves T-Mobile has made recently, it’s getting much more difficult to argue against having them as your service provider.

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AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

Data throttling is not a new concept, nor is it really an industry secret. Just about all carriers do it on unlimited plans, with the aim of keeping data hogs from choking the life out of bandwidth the proposed reason. AT&T claims to throttle when networks are congested, but a new report suggests that’s not always the case. As carriers try to move you away from unlimited data, these new findings show they might stop at nothing, but slow you down considerably.

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FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

With most data plans, throttling is something we all have to live with. At some point in the month, you might hit a threshold that downshifts your downloads, but to what extent? Most are left guessing at why that video won’t load, frustrated by the entire experience. Today, the FCC announces that T-Mobile has agreed to provide a clearer picture on what throttling means for you, and will release accurate details on throttled customer data speeds, rather than potential speeds your device isn’t getting.

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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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This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

Google Fiber offers mind-boggling data transfer speeds, but fiber optics require a massive build-out. That need for digging keeps Fiber from rolling out quickly, and gives the competition a chance to catch up where Fiber hasn’t made its presence known. That Gigabit speed via Fiber and other services is impressive, but also a bit of overkill. New wireless tech from Mimosa brings us all back to Earth a bit, but still delivers on impressive data speeds you’re likely not currently getting.

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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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AT&T summons Gordon Ramsay to do their retail bidding

AT&T summons Gordon Ramsay to do their retail bidding

If you expected Gordon Ramsay to "start throwing things" in the AT&T video you’re about to see, you’re going to be disappointed. That’s what AT&T is hoping you’ll be wishing for, or at least expecting, while Ramsay also takes to Twitter for promotional tweeting in abundance. Promotional tweets are promotional, as they say.

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