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AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

According to newly leaked documents, AT&T is doing away with two-year contracts early next month, moving subscribers over to its’ AT&T Next installment plan or requiring them to pay the price of the phone upfront. The change will take effect across the board, according to the documents; employees will lose the two-year contract option, too, as well as current two-year contract customers. AT&T has not confirmed the leak, however.

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T-Mobile’s Music Freedom covers 11 more services

T-Mobile’s Music Freedom covers 11 more services

In mid-2014, T-Mobile introduced “Music Freedom,” a perk under which subscribers can stream music from select streaming services without using up their high-speed data. The service has been expanded since then, with today marking one of its bigger expansions. T-Mobile has announced that eleven additional music streaming services are covered under Music Freedom, including TuneIn Premium, SomaFM, and more.

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AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

The release date for the increase of prices for AT&T's grandfathered Unlimited Data plans has struck - coming your way this February. At that time, AT&T will hike the price from $30 for an unlimited data plan - which is insane by today's standards - to $35 USD. SO it's not so terrible. For now. This keeps AT&T's prices below the hikes of their main competition, with Verizon's still at $49 a month and T-Mobile's at $45. Then there's the throttling. Always with the throttling.

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Google ships LEGO bricks to Project Fi users [UPDATE]

Google ships LEGO bricks to Project Fi users [UPDATE]

Those relative few of you on Google's cellular network business Project Fi should be receiving an odd package in the mail this week. What's inside, you might ask? Why, LEGO bricks, of course. A set of LEGO* bricks that, when put together correctly, create a phone stand for your device. Encouragement for the next generation of Google-made smartphones is also included in the box in the form of a USB-C to USB Standard A Plug Cable. How handy!

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Verizon TravelPass axes roaming charges for globetrotters

Verizon TravelPass axes roaming charges for globetrotters

This week Verizon has announced a plan that traveling Verizon device owners can use to dismiss overage fees. This system is called TravelPass, and it'll cost $2 per day in Canada and Mexico, or $10 per day in a variety of countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Caribbean and Central and South America. Each minute of time you call, each text you send, and each MB of data you use will then be deducted from your current domestic plan instead of being knocked out with massive overseas charges.

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T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile, in its latest Uncarrier event, announced that video will now stream “free” from certain video services, with “free” meaning it won’t cut into a subscriber’s existing high-speed data allotment. The initial change will include a total of 24 video services, but the carrier teases that additional video services will be encompassed by the free streaming change in due time. Counted among the initial included services are Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV.

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T-Mobile wants you to host an LTE tower for everyone in your area

T-Mobile wants you to host an LTE tower for everyone in your area

The folks at T-Mobile have announced a 4G LTE CellSpot, a device you'll put in your living room to amp up your LTE coverage. At first this might seem like a pretty radical idea - bringing a piece of equipment into your home to ramp up your 4G LTE coverage at no additional cost to you. Pretty neat, yes? But these "CellSpot" devices aren't just for you. They provide additional coverage to every T-Mobile user within range, as well.

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Verizon grandfathered unlimited data users face $20 price increase

Verizon grandfathered unlimited data users face $20 price increase

As most of the US's major wireless carriers have long stopped offering unlimited data plans, those companies must uphold the plan for users who entered contracts before they were discontinued, otherwise known as grandfathered users. Most of these carriers would certainly prefer these customers switch to one of their tiered plans, often trying to lure them with cheaper prices in exchange for low data caps, but it seem Verizon has another plan altogether: increase their bill by $20.

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AT&T lifts unlimited data throttling to 22GB

AT&T lifts unlimited data throttling to 22GB

In an unexpected change of course, AT&T has announced a revision to its policy on throttling data speeds of customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans. Starting today, the carrier will not start throttling unlimited data users until go over 22GB within a single billing period. Previously the limit was 5GB on LTE or 3GB on 3G, and customers were said to only be throttled during times of network congestion.

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Verizon debuts new XXL plan with 18GB of data per month

Verizon debuts new XXL plan with 18GB of data per month

It was just over a month ago when Verizon announced it was moving away from contracts with phone subsidies and instead shifting to plans with straightforward prices and data caps. The four plans come in S, M, L, and XL sizes, offering between 1GB and 12GB of data. Verizon has just added a fifth option for those who still weren't getting enough data, the XXL plan with 18GB of data for $100 per month.

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AT&T updates mobile data plans, adds calls to Canada & Mexico

AT&T updates mobile data plans, adds calls to Canada & Mexico

US carrier AT&T has announced a new range of wireless data plans today, consolidating a number of tiers and increasing the data allotment to others. Several of the more expensive plans now include calls and texts to both Canada and Mexico at no extra fee. These changes are likely in response to similar plans recently announced from T-Mobile, now the US's third-largest carrier and breathing down AT&T's neck a bit more.

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