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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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Verizon iPhone 5 gets bill adjustment after data mishap

Verizon iPhone 5 gets bill adjustment after data mishap

If you've got yourself one of the earliest shipments of the iPhone 5 for Verizon, you may be amongst the crowd of people who saw their data bill go through the roof - the carrier is now responding to this situation. What Verizon and Apple have noted today is that there is indeed an error which makes data costs rise even when wi-fi is being utilized - Verizon has also mentioned that the cost of this "unwarranted cellular data use" will not be showing up on your bill - now we've got to find out how that's going to happen.

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Verizon: Share everything plans better than expected – Unlimited data is fading away

Verizon: Share everything plans better than expected – Unlimited data is fading away

Today Verizon's big CFO Fran Shammo has issued a few statements that are both good and bad, to say the least. During an annual investors conference Shammo stated that their new share everything plans were doing much better than expected, and seeing higher customer adaption then planned for. However he also mentioned a few things that should have us worried.

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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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