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Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

This week Verizon has found itself under the legal gun for blocking tethering apps on Android and iOS devices, with the FCC fining them on top of it all for $1.25 million USD. This case appears to be forcing Verizon to adhere to Net Neutrality rules on its 700 MHz spectrum, thusly resulting in the company having to rescind its standing policy of blocking wireless tethering without an additional fee to its smart devices. The spectrum under investigation in this case is used to operate Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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Verizon tablet prices explode

Verizon tablet prices explode

If you were planning on heading to Verizon to pick up your favorite 4G LTE capable tablet this week, you might be in for a surprise - the prices for these devices have gone up significantly. The reason for this is that Verizon has decided to stop subsidizing tablet prices, selling them instead for their full original ticket price with no service contract attached. This move comes along with Verizon's new Share Everything plans which were enacted last month.

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AT&T CEO predicts data-only plans in 2 years

AT&T CEO predicts data-only plans in 2 years

AT&T CEO Randy Stephenson believes that data-only plans will be coming to wireless carriers within the next two years. Stephenson did not confirm that AT&T had any such plans to offer data-only options, but he suggested that the industry is heading that direction. Phone calls and text messages would be considered other forms of data.

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Verizon Unlimited Data need not end for you

Verizon Unlimited Data need not end for you

This week we're feeling the firestorm that's surrounded Verizon's double-announcement that they'd be effectively doing away with Unlimited Data plans by the end of this summer - but the whole truth is not that simple. Where many would read that headline and immediately assume Verizon was taking their precious away from them, there's no reason to fret if you're the sort of person that doesn't want (or need) to pick up a new smartphone every couple of years. Instead this new deal from Verizon allows you to stay on the phone you're on OR upgrade to an unsubsidized phone if you like, all the while letting you stick with your grandfathered plan - and it's not just 3G.

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T-Mobile announces contract-free data passes

T-Mobile announces contract-free data passes

If you've got a 3G device that only seldomly needs an actual mobile connection, like a tablet or hotspot, you're no doubt frustrated that they're normally sold with expensive contract plans. T-Mobile hopes to alleviate that with a handful of new off-contract plans. Of course, you'll need to buy their hardware outright, but for quite a bit of customers this might make a lot more sense. Naturally you'll get access to T-Mobile's "4G" HSPA+ network.

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Verizon Unlimited Data addressed in official statement

Verizon Unlimited Data addressed in official statement

This morning Verizon has released an official statement on what was said yesterday by the company's CFO in regards to the end of Unlimited Data plans for smartphones and tablets. This statement assures the public that no hard and fast plans have been announced for current or prospective customers other than their current data sharing project already in the works now for some time. This statement comes aside comments made this week which seemed to effectively kill unlimited data on Verizon for grandfathered-in users.

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Verizon CFO kills Unlimited Data for LTE upgrades

Verizon CFO kills Unlimited Data for LTE upgrades

This week at the 40th J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said that the company would have all grandfathered 3G unlimited data plans migrating to 4G turned away from unlimited data in the very near future. This update will have the original $30 a month plan axed entirely for those making the switch, with users wishing to stay on 3G continuing to keep their unlimited plans for the foreseeable future. By mid-summer, all 3G update candidates to 4G will be on the company's data-share plan.

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Verizon intros new prepaid plans, Jetpack hotspot

Verizon intros new prepaid plans, Jetpack hotspot

Verizon has announced new prepaid plans that will let users avoid being bound to a two-year contract. The new prepaid plans will kick off tomorrow, May 1, starting with an offer that includes unlimited talk and text along with 1GB of data for $80 per month. It will initially be available only for one device, the Samsung Illusion, but other devices will likely follow.

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Original Google Phone revealed

Original Google Phone revealed

This week at Google's court case against Oracle, an original slide deck has been shown with photos of the original Google Phone - well before the first actual Android-based product. The slide deck containing these images shows several mentions of Java integration and is being used against Google on account of Oracle's claim that they lifted code from them without permission. These decks also showed this week that Google's original intent all the way back in 2006 was to work with the carriers it would be compatible with SIM cards of all types and would provide hardware with "integrated services," all this two years before the original G1 was released to T-Mobile.

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AT&T boosts prepaid GoPhone plans with more data

AT&T boosts prepaid GoPhone plans with more data

AT&T has revamped its GoPhone plans to be more competitive in the fast-growing prepaid market. Its new GoPhone data plans will now offer at least double the data, while remaining at the same price. There are three tiers, including a 50MB plan for $5 per month, a 200MB plan for $15 per month, and a 1GB plan for $25 per month. The new data plans will take effect starting April 22.

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