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FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

The FCC will be rolling out a new free app for Android next spring that lets users submit speed data to the agency for analysis, the Washington Post reports. The app is part of a broad-based effort to gauge actual download and upload speeds by mobile devices on the four major carriers and CTIA-The Wireless Association. The data will be collected and collated and measured against advertised speeds. The stated purpose of the project is to make sure consumers are getting what they're paying for.

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Scratch Wireless intros free WiFi-based cellular service ambitions

Scratch Wireless intros free WiFi-based cellular service ambitions

In a way similar to FreedomPop, Scratch Wireless has debuted with plans to bring the masses free cellular service, doing so by utilizing WiFi networks in what it calls a "Wi-Fi First" mobile service. The reason being is that monthly cell phone service costs are too high, it says, and that the service shouldn't cost anything when one can utilize a wireless network they already have available.

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US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

For those who prefer to spread their data amongst multiple users, such as a small business with its workers or a family under the same plan, US Cellular has announced that shared data plans are now available. The plans span data ranges from 1GB to 10GB, with different types of devices having different monthly device connection charges. Those interested can sign up for one of the shared plans now.

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T-Mobile free global data arriving later this month [UPDATE]

T-Mobile free global data arriving later this month [UPDATE]

Earlier today, a Shakira fan Page on Facebook posted an image of the singer on a T-Mobile advertisement, which included a teaser that the carrier would be offering free global data in more than 100 countries. At the time, a link was included with the image that redirected to a "Coming Soon" page, but that has since been swapped with a confirmation page on T-Mobile's website. Update: we've got the details after the jump.

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Huawei claims to be developing 5G networks, expects to launch them in 2020

Huawei claims to be developing 5G networks, expects to launch them in 2020

Huawei's rotating CEO and deputy chairman Ken Hu has made a guest contribution over at Forbes discussing 5G networks, stating that the company has been working on developing them for the past several years. If all goes as Huawei expects, the company plans to launch said networks commercially in 2020, stating that it would be able to offer speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G.

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Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung reports that the new 5G service is "hundreds of times faster" than current 4G mobile networks. The next generation 5G network will be able to support all the same content types as current generation 4G networks.

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North Korea takes down mobile Internet connection for visitors

North Korea takes down mobile Internet connection for visitors

It hasn't even been a month, and reports are already coming in that North Korea has cut its visitor-only 3G Internet connection, which went live the beginning of March. It seems those with a smartphone, which is still allowed in the country following the recently changed laws, can still make international phone calls (except to South Korea), but can no longer share content or access the Internet via a mobile data connection.

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