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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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MetroPCS begins LTE throttling, but adds unlimted $70 plan

MetroPCS begins LTE throttling, but adds unlimted $70 plan

Discount carrier MetroPCS has put a damper on its unlimited LTE data plans by adding usage caps and throttling. The company announced today that its original $60 unlimited LTE data plan will now be limited to 5GB, while its $50 plan caps at 2.5GB and its $40 plan at 250MB. But its not ditching unlimited data plans completely as it now offers a $70 unlimited LTE data plan.

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T-Mobile Unlimited 5GB, 10GB data price hike starting April 4

T-Mobile Unlimited 5GB, 10GB data price hike starting April 4

T-Mobile will be increasing the price of its Classic 5GB and 10GB unlimited data plans starting April 4, according to a leaked internal document. Specifically, the Premium 5GB Promotional Bundles and the Ultra 10GB Promotional Bundles Classic data plans will be increased by $5 per month and will also be replaced with new features after the price change.

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Verizon’s shared data plans imminent, reveals leak

Verizon’s shared data plans imminent, reveals leak

Verizon has long hinted at and recently confirmed that it will begin offering shared data plans sometime this year. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo had said that the transition would take time, calling it a long-term migration, but he insisted that the new billing method should start rolling out by mid-year. And according to a leaked screenshot obtained by PhoneArena, it looks like the carrier is moving forward swiftly with its plans.

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AT&T offers quiet settlement for iPhone data throttling lawsuit

AT&T offers quiet settlement for iPhone data throttling lawsuit

AT&T is offering a quiet settlement to iPhone user, Matthew Spaccarelli, who sued and won against the carrier in small claims court last month over the throttling of his unlimited data plan. Declining the offer, Spaccarelli has forwarded the letter from AT&T's lawyers to the Associated Press, revealing that the carrier threatened to cut his service plan if he refused to talk with the company.

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C Spire 4G LTE rolling out in September

C Spire 4G LTE rolling out in September

Regional carrier C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, has announced today plans to launch its 4G LTE network in September. The network will initially roll out to 20 Mississippi markets, where C Spire claims it will be one of the first to offer 4G LTE connectivity to customers in the region. The network will cover 2,700 square miles, 1.2 million people, and more than 360 cell sites.

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AT&T increases unlimited data throttling threshold

AT&T increases unlimited data throttling threshold

AT&T revealed today that it has made some adjustments to its data throttling policy for customers still subscribed to legacy unlimited data plans. Customers on these unlimited data plans will now have a higher data cap before throttling kicks in. For those on HSPA+ plans the cap will be 3GB per month, while the cap for LTE customers will be 5GB.

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Verizon CFO says family data plans coming mid-year

Verizon CFO says family data plans coming mid-year

During an investors conference today, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed that the carrier plans to launch shared family data plans by mid-year. There had been plenty of speculation about the new data offering, which Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed would start sometime in 2012. But the time frame has always remained vague and even with Shammo's affirmation, he qualifies it still as a "long-term migration" that won't happen instantly on launch.

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AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T has revealed plans to launch a new service that would give mobile app developers the option of paying for the mobile data used by their app subscribers. Although this sounds ludicrous, AT&T's network and technology head John Donovan likened it to offering a 1-800 Toll-Free option for apps, where developers could motivate users to download and use their apps if the data involved in using the apps didn't count towards the users' data plan limits.

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