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FreedomPop aims to undercut world’s smartphone carriers

FreedomPop aims to undercut world’s smartphone carriers

There’s no denying the idea that FreedomPop is a mobile device carrier out there aiming to shake the industry up a bit. While we’ve not gotten extensive hands-on experience with their data network and cannot therefor tell you how big and reliable their coverage area actually is, there is something to say for having what they suggest is the "world’s lowest mobile pricing plan."

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AT&T declares price war; 2GB no-contact plan reduced

AT&T declares price war; 2GB no-contact plan reduced

The battle lines have been drawn and it’s time for AT&T to make the next move in the wireless carrier price war. T-Mobile raised the bar by announcing radical new increments in the flagship Simple Choice Plans. According to their announcement documented here, T-Mobile will now offer subscribers 1GB of high-speed 4G LTE data and tethering and unlimited international texting at no extra charge. To counter this move, AT&T has decided to slash the prices of the single-line and two-line no-contract accounts.

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T-Mobile Un-Carrier 4.0 expands to U.S. Cellular, 12 other regional carriers

T-Mobile Un-Carrier 4.0 expands to U.S. Cellular, 12 other regional carriers

The team at T-Mobile USA let it be known at CES 2014 that they had no love for their fellow carriers, going so far as to offer early termination fee repayment for switching. Users moving away from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T were offered their entire family’s early termination fees - to a point - when trading in working devices, up to $650 USD per line. This bit of a program has been expanded this week to include more carriers than just the initial three.

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Sprint ends “One Up” plan 4 months after intro in favor of “Framily”

Sprint ends “One Up” plan 4 months after intro in favor of “Framily”

Just so you're aware, there's a new word in the English language this month, one made by Sprint, one called "Framily." If you're getting pumped up about the many, many new plans and changes in the way you'll be tossing down cash to the top four carriers in the USA this year and throughout the last for mobile data, Sprint's switch-up should really throw you for a loop. Just four months after introducing their "One Up" handset upgrade plan, they've decided to axe it entirely.

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Ericsson report: Smartphone traffic to grow 10 times by 2019

Ericsson report: Smartphone traffic to grow 10 times by 2019

It took five years for smartphone subscriptions to reach 1 billion customers worldwide between 2007 and 2012, but it will only take two years to reach 2 billion by 2014--and it will only take five more years to reach 5.6 billion by 2019, this quarter's Ericsson Mobility Report states. That will be 60% of all mobile subscriptions--the rest of which being non-smartphone mobile devices like feature phones, tablets and other devices--of the 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions projected to be activated in 2019. Smartphone traffic will reach 10 exabytes that year.

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T-Mobile “Un-carrier” programs fuel Q3 2013 expansion

T-Mobile “Un-carrier” programs fuel Q3 2013 expansion

T-Mobile increased its customer base in Q3 2013 by more than 1 million, the company announced in its earnings call. This marks the second consecutive quarter in which the mobile carrier has led the industry in customer acquisition. It sold 5.6 million smartphones in the quarter, 15% of which were iPhone sales, and smartphones made up 88% of the company's device sales revenue.

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AT&T to phase out per-minute, per-text billing

AT&T to phase out per-minute, per-text billing

AT&T will no longer offer per-minute billing plans to most of its new customers, reports the Wall Street Journal. Following the industry trend towards unlimited talk time and texts, the company will only offer one per-minute plan, a meager 450 minutes per month for about $40, plus extra for texts and data. It will focus most of its revenue efforts on data plans, thus joining Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in the trend.

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US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

For those who prefer to spread their data amongst multiple users, such as a small business with its workers or a family under the same plan, US Cellular has announced that shared data plans are now available. The plans span data ranges from 1GB to 10GB, with different types of devices having different monthly device connection charges. Those interested can sign up for one of the shared plans now.

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Mobile Roaming Charge ban drafted by EU commission

Mobile Roaming Charge ban drafted by EU commission

It would appear that the European commission has decided that it's not good for the greater cross-section of the public for roaming charges to exist - so says a leaked draft of legislation shown off this week. This information comes from the Guardian where they say they've got their hands on this proposed bit of law that'll have Neelie Kroes, the commission vice-president who speaks on digital affairs, continue to speak out against roaming charges from mobile companies across the EU.

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