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T-Mobile domestic data roaming limits start April 5

T-Mobile domestic data roaming limits start April 5

T-Mobile will be making some changes to its domestic data roaming come April 5, according to a leaked internal document obtained by TmoNews. Instead of capping data speeds for domestic data roaming, T-Mobile will completely cut off your data if you exceed your allotment for the billing cycle. This means you won't be able to connect unless you use WiFi or return to an area within your T-Mobile network.

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Verizon family data plans may be launching soon

Verizon family data plans may be launching soon

Verizon may finally be launching its long teased family data plans, according to a tip received by Engadget. The tipster sent in screenshots of Verizon's internal account management application, which were part of employee training material on the updated system. The images reveal the addition of new "account level data plans" that appear to have a base charge plus a $9.99 per additional line charge.

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T-Mobile quietly launching 5GB, 10GB data plan deal on January 25

T-Mobile quietly launching 5GB, 10GB data plan deal on January 25

T-Mobile is preparing to launch Unlimited Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans that can have Smartphone Mobile Hotspot and MobileLife Album Plus services added on for free, according to a leaked memo obtained by TMoNews. The promotion will be launched quietly, meaning the company won't actively promote the deal and the additional free services are only included if customers ask for them.

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AT&T data plans ramp to $20, $30, and $50

AT&T data plans ramp to $20, $30, and $50

There's a bit of a change going on in the world of mobile on the network with the world as its icon: AT&T will be flipping up its data plans to include a three-tier system, each one with a $10 bump over the last. The change here between this set of prices and sizes of data allowance and what's currently in place is $5 and a bit of space: where now it's $15 for 200MB, $25 for 2GB, and $45 for 4GB with tethering, soon it will be $20, $30, and $50 for 300MB, 3GB, and 5GB with tethering, respectively. It's a bump for a bump when it comes down to it, and cheaper cost per byte when it comes down to it.

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AT&T begins throttling heavy iPhone data usage to 2G speeds

AT&T begins throttling heavy iPhone data usage to 2G speeds

AT&T has reportedly started throttling its heaviest data users (to be exact, the top 5% of its data users) to, well, 2G speeds. 

According to CultofMac, AT&T has been alerting customers of their data throttling move by way of a particularly terse text message, which says "Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced." And is punishing those top 5 percent of users with a woefully plodding, snail-moving 2G speed.

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Verizon Family Data plans coming 2012 says CEO

Verizon Family Data plans coming 2012 says CEO

Here at the end of 2011 it seems almost strange that this didn't happen already on multiple carriers: that family plans would spring up not just for calls and text, but for data as well - this is going to be a reality inside 2012 according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam. This week at at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, McAdam noted that of course it makes sense for families with several screens to deal with, not wanting to pay for each of them on a different bill - Verizon not wanting to deal with that if they don't have to either. Verizon isn't the first to hint at such plans, but this is the closest we've gotten to confirmation that such plans will start rolling out on carriers across the USA inside the next few months.

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T-Mobile offers new Monthly4G unlimited plans

T-Mobile offers new Monthly4G unlimited plans

As the only major US carrier still without the iPhone, T-Mobile gets creative with its plan offerings to stay in the game and entice new customers. Today, the company introduced four new wireless plans that include a Monthly4G unlimited plan as well as three Pay by the Day plans that let customers pay for only the days they intend to use their mobile phones.

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Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile has decided to postpone its original plans to throttle smartphone data speeds for its heaviest data users. Back in July, the carrier revealed that data throttling would begin in October, but today it announced that those plans will be delayed until 2012. But the company did not give any specific dates as to when it will implement the new policy.

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Sprint: OMG! We’re keeping unlimited data! Don’t leave!

Sprint: OMG! We’re keeping unlimited data! Don’t leave!

Let's face it; the only thing keeping a bunch of subscribers from vacating Sprint in droves is the fact that the carrier is still offering unlimited data. Not too long ago Sprint announced that it was putting a cap on the data plan for its hotspots. The cap Sprint put on hotspot data usage was 5GB with some very steep overage fees if you wanted to use more. I would wager a bunch of subscribers saw the unlimited data use on the hotspots changing to capped use as a bit of writing on the wall.

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TruConnect Mobile offers pay-as-you-go internet

TruConnect Mobile offers pay-as-you-go internet

TruConnect is partnering with the nation's third largest carrier to bring you pay-as-you-go internet starting at a low $4.99 per month rate. Each MB of data used costs 3.9 cents on top of the low base rate. The service can be had either through a USB dongle or a MiFi WiFi mobile hotspot device.

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