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Fire TV gobbling up data? Mosaic may be the issue

Fire TV gobbling up data? Mosaic may be the issue

Fire TV users may be getting more than they bargained for — literally. If you have a Fire TV, and have noticed your data usage going way up, we might know why. It turns out a few instances have been reported with built-in features. Here’s how to identify — and hopefully solve — the issue.

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Apple Stores may offer prepaid plans with iPhones soon

Apple Stores may offer prepaid plans with iPhones soon

Apple Stores in the US may let you walk out with a prepaid plan, soon. According to sources, the Cupertino firm will not only sell you a device at full price, they’ll also offer up a low-cost prepaid plan. This move is believed to be starting the last week of June.

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FreedomPop launches refurbished iPhone 5 on its calling plans

FreedomPop launches refurbished iPhone 5 on its calling plans

FreedomPop is a company that offers free and very cheap calling plans to users that work over the top of data networks from other providers. It's like VoIP in the home only for mobile devices. FreedomPop has announced that it is now offering customers the ability to purchase refurbished iPhone 5 devices to use with its service.

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Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.

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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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Know My App identifies the data hogs on your mobile devices

Know My App identifies the data hogs on your mobile devices

A confederation of mobile communications and technology companies has put together a website called Know My App. The site helps users figure out which mobile apps are responsible for eating up the lion's share of monthly megabytes on their data plans. The site was published by CTIA – The Wireless Association this week.

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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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