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Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

It's been a few years now since US mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile held negotiations over a merger between the two companies, only to eventually be shut down by government regulators. But now that some time has passed, along with a freeze on such discussions due to the recent spectrum auction, Sprint's parent SoftBank and T-Mobile's parent Deutsche Telekom AG are looking to revive their merger talks.

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Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Each carrier has its share of drawbacks, but with Sprint, one of those drawbacks can certainly be network coverage. While Sprint usually offers the least expensive service, coverage can often leave something to be desired. If you find yourself in this position frequently, you may want to have a look at Sprint's new Magic Box network extender.

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AT&T Unlimited iPad data plan (grandfathered) customers will soon be throttled

AT&T Unlimited iPad data plan (grandfathered) customers will soon be throttled

iPad owners on AT&T's related unlimited data plan -- the ones who are grandfathered in, that is -- are on the receiving end of some disappointing emails. The carrier has notified these customers about a change to the plan that will result in throttling once 22GB are used. The throttling will go into effect starting on May 24, and it will only take place during 'periods of network congestion,' according to AT&T.

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FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

In a world where the big four carriers in the United States are promoting their new unlimited data plans, FreedomPop is going in the opposite direction. FreedomPop has introduced a new prepaid family plan that goes light on the data in the name of making monthly fees as small as possible. Assuming you can handle having next to no data each month, this might be the plan for you.

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Cricket cuts unlimited plan cost, offers four free phone options

Cricket cuts unlimited plan cost, offers four free phone options

The big players in the wireless market all unveiled new or refined unlimited plans in recent weeks, and now Cricket Wireless, a smaller prepaid carrier, has announced its own unlimited plan change. The carrier is now offering its unlimited plan at a cheaper $60/month rate, helping bring it into the range of unlimited plans offered by the likes of bigger carriers. Cricket is also offering those who convert one of four free Android phones.

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AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

Nobody likes finding they've got no signal on their phone, especially if it's an emergency, so AT&T is pushing ahead with testing drones as temporary LTE towers. The carrier successfully completed its first trial flights last week, dispatching a number of drones on short flights in a network dead-spot in the US. Each was equipped with the necessary hardware to create its own little bubble of coverage.

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T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

Today we're hearing a whopper of a rumor that could have pretty big implications for the US carrier space. SoftBank is apparently eager to see Sprint, one of its subsidiaries, merge with T-Mobile, but resistance from T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom would make such a merger difficult. With Deutsche Telekom unwilling to sell its stake in T-Mobile, it sounds like SoftBank is prepared to put a lot on the line - namely, giving up its majority share in Sprint.

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T-Mobile ONE plan upgrades to counter Verizon Unlimited Data

T-Mobile ONE plan upgrades to counter Verizon Unlimited Data

Not wishing to be outdone by the new Verizon Unlimited Plan, T-Mobile USA has announced an update to its ONE plan that improves both video quality and tethering data. The news comes in the aftermath of Verizon resurrecting its "true" unlimited data plan, offering subscribers a tariff with no upper ceiling on how much data they can use (though throttling does kick in if you get particularly excessive). Now, T-Mobile's John Legere says his network is updating its flagship plan to maintain parity.

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FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

Right through December of last year, the FCC had ongoing investigations into telecom giants including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile over their use of zero-rated data services, viewing them anti-competitive and in violation of net neutrality rules. Unfortunately, these investigations were opened under outgoing FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, and part of President Trump's restaffing has been appointing Ajit Pai as the new head. In turn, the agency has also revealed that it's dropping the investigations.

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AT&T raises price on grandfathered truely-unlimited data plans

AT&T raises price on grandfathered truely-unlimited data plans

AT&T subscribers clinging to their grandfathered unlimited data plans face yet another price increase, with the carrier slapping on an extra monthly charge. The plans, which offered legitimately unlimited data rather than the capped allowances currently offered, haven't been available for new AT&T customers for some years now. However, that hasn't stopped existing users from refusing to give them up.

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T-Mobile debuts IoT Access packs with module and wireless data

T-Mobile debuts IoT Access packs with module and wireless data

US carrier T-Mobile has used CES 2017 to announce a new addition to its "Un-carrier" initiative. Dubbed IoT Access packs, they're designed to offer an easier and cheaper solution for both customers and business to dive into Internet of Things development. The packs come in two price options, each with a wireless data allotment and an included Cat1 module.

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Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Sprint has announced plans to "create or bring back" 5,000 jobs in the US, despite cutting a considerable number of jobs earlier this year. The news sees the carrier, which reported net losses of $142m in its most recent financial release, commit to adding to its American workforce by the end of its 2017 financial year. According to Sprint, the new roles "will support a variety of functions across the organization".

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