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T-Mobile Un-Carrier 4.0 expands to U.S. Cellular, 12 other regional carriers

T-Mobile Un-Carrier 4.0 expands to U.S. Cellular, 12 other regional carriers

The team at T-Mobile USA let it be known at CES 2014 that they had no love for their fellow carriers, going so far as to offer early termination fee repayment for switching. Users moving away from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T were offered their entire family’s early termination fees - to a point - when trading in working devices, up to $650 USD per line. This bit of a program has been expanded this week to include more carriers than just the initial three.

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T-Mobile reportedly plans to pay early termination fees for new subscribers

T-Mobile reportedly plans to pay early termination fees for new subscribers

It is no secret that T-Mobile aims to make waves in the wireless industry with its Uncarrier push, something that has offered up various perks and seemingly spurred other carriers to adopt similar options. The carrier's John Legere teased earlier this week "Uncarrier 4.0", and according to a source that cropped up, this could mean paying other carriers' early termination fees for new subscribers.

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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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Verizon Ellipsis device may share voice and data to everyone around you

Verizon Ellipsis device may share voice and data to everyone around you

There's a device in development here at the tail end of 2013 by the name of Ellipsis, and its early appearance in patent applications suggest that it'll aim to change the way users work with data. With the description as a "wireless telecommunications device featuring transmission of voice, data, image and video", Verizon's Ellipsis device will likely take a form not unlike that of a mobile data hotspot. This device, though, may be the physical embodiment of a shared data, voice, and text plan.

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