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T-Mobile “JUMP” unlimited upgrades and what it means for consumers

T-Mobile “JUMP” unlimited upgrades and what it means for consumers

When you sit down and read the rules involved in the current web of oddities known as smartphone contracts, it's easy to find surprisingly complex ins and outs. T-Mobile has suggested several times over the past several months that they will be aiming to take an axe to tradition, making way for their own, much more "consumer friendly" rules. Here with what they're calling "Jump", T-Mobile says they'll be turning the upgrade process on its head, allowing consumers to upgrade from their current smartphone to a new phone with the same prices a new customer would pay.

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Verizon increases prepaid data limits for 3G phones

Verizon increases prepaid data limits for 3G phones

Mobile phone contracts provide a relatively easy way to get a shiny new smartphone, however there are also those who already have a capable device on hand that prefer to go the no-contract route. That being the case, it looks like Verizon Wireless has recently bumped the data allowances on their prepaid 3G smartphone plans. There are two plans available and they are priced from $60 per month.

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ESPN streaming content subsidization: mobile carriers mull partial payment

ESPN streaming content subsidization: mobile carriers mull partial payment

As most carriers have now moved toward using data caps and effectively got rid of unlimited data plans, it seems there are still some big companies out there that feel bad for the users, ESPN being one of them. The sports media network has reportedly been in talks with at least one major carrier about paying them as a subsidy so that streamed ESPN video wouldn't count against users' data caps.

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Verizon introduces $35 prepaid plans for feature phones

Verizon introduces $35 prepaid plans for feature phones

While smartphones may be the way of the dragon for a lot of subscribers nowadays, there are still plenty of luddites to go around. It turns out that feature phones (a.k.a. not smartphones) are still fairly prevalent in today's world, and Verizon just announced a new plan for those types of users to take advantage of. $35 per month will land you 500 voice minutes and unlimited texting and mobile web data.

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Audi T-Mobile in-vehicle data plans revealed starting at $15 a month

Audi T-Mobile in-vehicle data plans revealed starting at $15 a month

This week the folks at Audi and T-Mobile have let it be known that they're going to offer data plans in the near future that allow drivers to be connected at an extremely affordable rate. Connected, that is, to mobile data inside their Audi next-generation Connected Vehicles. You'll be rolling out with web connectivity for a variety of apps and services anywhere you drive for as little as $15 USD a month!

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Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook is working together with 18 carriers throughout 14 countries to bring free or discounted data for Facebook’s messaging services. The free/discounted data will be available for Messenger on Android, Messenger on iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone within the next few months. This will allow people to save money on their current messaging plans, and will also draw in more users from those emerging markets.

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Walmart to offer iPhone 5 with Straight Talk on January 11

Walmart to offer iPhone 5 with Straight Talk on January 11

Walmart has announced what it calls an "industry game changing offer": on January 11 (this Friday), customers will be able to buy the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 online at Walmart.com or via one of 2,000 Walmart retail stores that will offer the handset. The device will be offered via Straight Talk on a $45 no-contract plan. Those with a Walmart credit card - or those willing to sign up for one - will get a $20 monthly discount, bringing the plan fee to $25 per month.

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