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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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Verizon will now sell you unlimited data in 30-minute blocks

Verizon will now sell you unlimited data in 30-minute blocks

Most US mobile carriers either moved away from, or stopped offering unlimited data plans long ago, instead pushing their customers towards tiered monthly plans. Verizon is one such that has completely eliminated the option, even going as far taking it away from certain users on grandfathered plans. But now they've taken a small step in the opposite direction, rolling out a new pay-as-you-go unlimited data option.

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AT&T might permanently drop Galaxy Note 7 sales

AT&T might permanently drop Galaxy Note 7 sales

This year's exploding Galaxy Note 7 debacle shows no signs of slowing down after this week's news that a Samsung-approved post-recall model still managed to catch fire while on an airplane, despite being turned off. This device and its massive recall campaign have been a headache for US carriers, but while most have re-started sales of replacement models, AT&T is thinking it might not even bother, and drop the Galaxy Note 7 from its lineup altogether.

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T-Mobile takes a swing at AT&T, says its 2G network will stay active through 2020

T-Mobile takes a swing at AT&T, says its 2G network will stay active through 2020

AT&T recently announced that it would be dropping support for its 2G network next year, and of course, its competitors are seeing that as an opportunity. Specifically, T-Mobile has hopped on the chance to pull some clients who still depend on 2G connectivity away from AT&T, pledging today to keep its 2G network functioning through 2020.

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Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced across the US

Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced across the US

T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with announcements to make today, as Verizon has rolled out increased LTE speeds across the United States. This new initiative is being called Verizon LTE Advanced (otherwise known as LTE-A), which is essentially just another phrase for carrier aggregation, and Verizon says it's now live in 461 locations from coast-to-coast.

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Unimpressed by Uncarrier, T-Mobile fans force data backtrack

Unimpressed by Uncarrier, T-Mobile fans force data backtrack

Just recently, T-Mobile announced its new ONE plan, which claimed to give unlimited data to all of its postpaid subscribers through one plan. Of course, there were some problems with this plan, in that it downgraded video streams to 480p, requiring those who wanted to stream in higher resolutions to shell out an extra $25 per line. That apparently didn't sit well with some T-Mobile customers, and prompted by that feedback, T-Mobile has announced some add-ons that might bring more value to that $25 monthly charge.

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T-Mobile One unlimited data plan announced, but there’s a big catch

T-Mobile One unlimited data plan announced, but there’s a big catch

T-Mobile has announced Un-Carrier 12, and it's a big one. The company is revamping its plans, getting rid of data caps and offering one new unlimited plan for everyone, appropriately named T-Mobile One. The new One plan, which offers up unlimited talk, text, and unlimited 4G LTE data for everyone on the service, will become available for post-paid subscribers on September 6, while T-Mobile CEO John Legere say the One plan will go live for pre-paid subscribers a short time after.

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Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been revealed and priced and released, all at once. While the device won't be immediately available, each of the top carriers in the United States have begun issuing information about when and where the device will be able to be placed in users' hands, physically. The release today marks the first time Samsung has released the headliner "phablet" smartphone Galaxy Note without a "flat" version - it's decidedly part of the "Edge" collection without the namesake.

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Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

With interest rates still dire, carrier Telefonica is reportedly hoping the lure of free smartphone data will tempt subscribers to bank with them instead. O2 Germany, the company's German arm, is apparently preparing to launch a service called "O2 Banking"; according to Bloomberg's sources, next week subscribers will not only have the option of relying on the network for their connectivity, but for their financial needs too.

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iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

If you're one of the many who have been waiting for the iPhone to arrive at MetroPCS, your time has finally come. The carrier announced today that most of the current iPhone lineup will be launching at stores across the US this weekend, giving customers the chance to buy one in-store or (presumably) online. The iPhones available at MetroPCS include the 6s, 6s Plus, SE, and 5s, with the standard iPhone 6 and 6 Plus notably missing from the list.

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T-Mobile gives Pokemon GO players free data

T-Mobile gives Pokemon GO players free data

T-Mobile has announced that on July 19, as part of its T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign, it’ll give its subscribers free data for playing Pokemon GO. As with Music Freedom and Binge On, the data used while playing Pokemon GO won’t count against one’s high-speed data allotment…and this perk will remain available for the next year. In addition, the Uncarrier is offering some perks including a free snack and funds for hitching rides to nearby PokeStops or Gyms.

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Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed their new My Verizon app - as well as a new set or prices for all customers. This update includes additions of data allowance as well as price jumps between $5 and $10 dollars per month. Not by coincidence, users will find Verizon making a bigger deal out of the new app than they are out of the new data plan pricing structure, which will also bring higher data allowances per tier.

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