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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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Verizon offering new prepaid plans for 3G phones

Verizon offering new prepaid plans for 3G phones

If mobile phone contracts just aren't your thing, then you're most likely on a prepaid plan, and Verizon Wireless has just rolled out two new options for 3G-enabled smartphones of "budget-minded" consumers. Both plans offer unlimited voice and texting, and the 500MB option will cost $60 per month, while 2GB of data will cost $70 per month.

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AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

After several months from Apple announcing FaceTime over cellular, AT&T is finally rolling the feature out to all of its tiered data customers. AT&T cites that its testing phase for FaceTime over cellular is complete, and will be enabled for all of its customers, including those on tiered data plans at no additional cost.

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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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Boost Mobile to throttle data starting January 20th

Boost Mobile to throttle data starting January 20th

Boost Mobile announced on Tuesday that it will begin throttling data for customers who exceed their data limit. The throttling will go into effect on January 20, and will persist from when the users exceed their data cap to when the next billing period starts. This follows a (very) similar announcement from Virgin Mobile, which is also throttling data.

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AT&T offers $100 discount on tablets with tiny hitch

AT&T offers $100 discount on tablets with tiny hitch

If you're thinking about buying a tablet of any kind in the very near future, you might want to re-think where you're going to purchase it - AT&T may have just the ticket you're looking for. With a brand new $100 USD discount on any tablet, AT&T has made this offer one that's entirely enticing: unless of course you don't want to be attached to a 2-year data plan. Normally you'd be paying full price for any data-connected tablet working with AT&T, but this new deal brings on a 2-year contract attachment for anyone who wants a lovely $100 discount at the outset.

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T-Mobile makes changes to data service requirements

T-Mobile makes changes to data service requirements

T-Mobile has recently made some changes to its smartphone data service requirements. Previously, customers were allowed to simply just nab the 200MB data plan when activating a smartphone, which certainly saved on costs, but now the carrier is bumping up the minimum to 2GB of data when activating a new smartphone plan.

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