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FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

TracFone has been issued a $40 million fine today by the FTC, who have ruled on a complaint regarding ‘unlimited’ data. The carrier was selling ‘unlimited’ data plans to customers, but heavy throttling made those plans unusable at a certain point. Though this ruling is limited to TracFone, it sets a precedent moving forward. According to the FTC, TracFone broke a promise to its customers, and is guilty of throttling data speeds by as much as 90% for some users.

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1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

For the security-conscious among us, 1Password has proven itself an indispensable tool. The app — available for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X — both manages and generates secure passwords for you, and their new TouchID features are promising. An update, rolling out for iOS users today, brings in the ability to generate one-time passwords as well as some new features for their app extension. Sync is also improving , as is 1Password’s language support, in what the AgileBits team calls their ‘awesomesauce’ update.

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Verizon CFO: carrier is a ‘leader’, won’t follow T-Mobile’s data sharing

Verizon CFO: carrier is a ‘leader’, won’t follow T-Mobile’s data sharing

T-Mobile’s data rollover plan is — well, it’s awesome. Quickly, AT&T followed suit with their own limited scheme, but T-Mobile is the champion of data rollover, plain and simple. Verizon is the king of carriers here int he United States, but we shouldn’t look to them to bend to our wants. CFO Fram Shammo recently detailed just how disinterested Verizon was in any kind of data rollover plan. If you read between the lines, Shammo even takes a swipe at T-Mobile in the process.

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Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

When you’re traveling, connectivity can be important. When you least expect it, a data connection becomes crucial, often leaving you teetering on what happens next on your trip. Everything from directions to planning — even work — can depend on access to the Internet. But how will you know if you can get Internet? Where is it offered? Rather than fly blind when you’re in a strange locale, we’ve got some handy tips for making sure you’re connected every time you leave home, regardless of where you go.

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President Obama calls for new federal laws on data security

President Obama calls for new federal laws on data security

President Obama thinks you should be protected if you’re connected. On Monday, the President called for the passing of the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which would require you to be notified within 30 days if a company you did business with as a consumer or professionally were breached. Secondly, the President wants access to your credit score to be simpler so you can manage your credit data should a hacker wreak havoc on your financial standing, giving you an early start on fixing the problems.

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AT&T has a rollover data scheme, too (it’s just not as good as T-Mobile)

AT&T has a rollover data scheme, too (it’s just not as good as T-Mobile)

The last time we heard from T-Mobile, they were offering up rollover data via their ongoing ‘Uncarrier’ initiative. It was (and is) a stellar idea, but we wondered if any other carriers would be bold enough to follow suit. AT&T is on board, and has announced their version of shared data for subscribers, which will launch later this month. According to the carrier, 50 million customers will immediately feel the benefits. Sadly, they didn’t meet T-Mobile’s 10GB free ‘banked’ data.

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T-Mobile Data Stash — what you need to know

T-Mobile Data Stash — what you need to know

T-Mobile rolled out Data Stash today, which lets you roll your data over month-to-month, and just sounds super awesome. It is, too, at least at first blush. There’s not much trickery, here, but the wizard of data (I literally just made that up) John Legere is now firmly staking claim that data is important, and we want more of it. Is Data Stash all its cracked up to be, though? We examine the nuances of T-Mobile’s killer concept so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into -- if you're even eligible.

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T-Mobile rolls out ‘Data Stash’, rolls data over month-to-month

T-Mobile rolls out ‘Data Stash’, rolls data over month-to-month

Wow. That’s what we have to say right now about Uncarrier 8 from T-Mobile. Starting soon, T-Mobile customers can roll their data over month to month. Rather than have to pick your plan and hope for the best -- or worse, throttle yourself and how you use your phone to avoid extra charges -- T-Mobile is letting their “post-paid” customers roll data over month to month. In addition to all the other Uncarrier moves T-Mobile has made recently, it’s getting much more difficult to argue against having them as your service provider.

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AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

Data throttling is not a new concept, nor is it really an industry secret. Just about all carriers do it on unlimited plans, with the aim of keeping data hogs from choking the life out of bandwidth the proposed reason. AT&T claims to throttle when networks are congested, but a new report suggests that’s not always the case. As carriers try to move you away from unlimited data, these new findings show they might stop at nothing, but slow you down considerably.

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FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

With most data plans, throttling is something we all have to live with. At some point in the month, you might hit a threshold that downshifts your downloads, but to what extent? Most are left guessing at why that video won’t load, frustrated by the entire experience. Today, the FCC announces that T-Mobile has agreed to provide a clearer picture on what throttling means for you, and will release accurate details on throttled customer data speeds, rather than potential speeds your device isn’t getting.

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