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AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T has tweaked its prepaid plans, making them slightly more attractive than before. Of note, users now have the option of an 8GB prepaid plan that costs $50/month, double or more the high-speed data you'll get from similarly priced plans elsewhere. As is common with prepaid plans, the carrier is making it attractive to set up auto pay by reducing the monthly fee in return.

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Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon's FamilyBase is getting something of a relaunch today. Citing a need for increased parental controls when it comes to kids and smartphone usage, Verizon has launched a new subscription service called Smart Family, which is says is an evolution of the old FamilyBase. It sounds like Smart Family keeps many of the parental controls FamilyBase offered, only it expands on them to include new features and capabilities for parents looking to manage screen time.

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T-Mobile gets $40 million fine for fake ring tones, connections

T-Mobile gets $40 million fine for fake ring tones, connections

Just because you hear the other line ringing doesn't necessarily mean the other line is actually ringing. Especially if the caller is on T-Mobile. It seems that the Un-carrier has been "faking it" when it comes to connecting calls in rural areas, using fake ring tones and connections to make it seem like they were connecting and just failing. That lie is now going to cost T-Mobile $40 million in fines and a whole lot more in criticisms.

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T-Mobile 5G roll-out speeds up: 30 cities promised in 2018

T-Mobile 5G roll-out speeds up: 30 cities promised in 2018

With Intel and Qualcomm announcing test runs of their 5G-capable hardware, we find ourselves at the beginning of a mobile arms race. The big four carriers in the US will now be racing to launch mobile 5G networks in an attempt to build out those networks quickly and attract customers who want to be on the cutting edge of technology. AT&T and Verizon plan to launch 5G in some form by the end of the year, and now we can add T-Mobile to that list as well.

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Verizon’s new prepaid plan offers a paltry amount of data

Verizon’s new prepaid plan offers a paltry amount of data

Usually when we talk about wireless plans, we're talking about postpaid plans that come with a subsidized device. Most carriers, however, offer prepaid plans to those who already own a device or want to buy one at full retail price, and today Verizon is adding a new one to its line up. A word of warning, though: While the monthly cost on this new plan is low, so is the amount of data you're afforded each month.

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Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

International phone service is generally something no one wants to talk about. International roaming charges at the big four US carriers can wind up being ridiculously expensive if you don't monitor your usage closely, and it isn't uncommon for folks to come back to phone bills that are much more expensive than what they're accustomed to paying. Google's Project Fi, on the other hand, is taking a more laid back approach to international coverage.

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Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon has started the week by making a big announcement, revealing today that it will begin locking phones later on this year. This is somewhat surprising because Verizon has historically offered its phones unlocked from the start, putting it in distinct contrast to the three other big carriers in the US. However, this may not be as big of a change as it seems at first blush, and on the surface, Verizon has at least a somewhat justifable reason for doing so.

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iPhone X and 8 Verizon BOGO deal is complex but worth it

iPhone X and 8 Verizon BOGO deal is complex but worth it

It isn't often we see discounts on iPhones, but every once in a while, carriers like to break them out to get people in the door. Today, that carrier is Verizon, which has announced a new BOGO deal on the most recent iPhones. That offer is a little convoluted, as these carrier deals tend to be, with Verizon imposing a few different requirements in order to take advantage of it.

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iPhone X gets some tempting discounts in T-Mobile BOGO deals [Update]

iPhone X gets some tempting discounts in T-Mobile BOGO deals [Update]

T-Mobile has decided to start the year off with a buy one, get one promotion on a lot of high-end smartphones. This includes a bunch of different Android phones and most recent iPhones, which is surprising because iPhones aren't the focus of promotions too terribly often. Things get even more tempting when you realize that one of these offers applies to the iPhone X as well.

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AT&T 5G is finally bringing super-fast speeds in 2018

AT&T 5G is finally bringing super-fast speeds in 2018

Though it's probably going to be quite some time before we see 5G networks that are as easily accessible as today's 4G LTE networks, AT&T is ready to get the ball moving. The company today announced its plans to begin rolling out mobile 5G by the end of this year. We have the 3GPP's recent completion of some 5G new radio standards to thank for this move, which were defined back at the end of December.

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AT&T Huawei Mate 10 launch tipped for February 2018

AT&T Huawei Mate 10 launch tipped for February 2018

Huawei is reportedly just weeks away from its first official US carrier deal, with the AT&T Huawei Mate 10 said to be hitting store shelves in February 2018. Though the phone-maker has become one of the largest in the world, it has done so with minimal brand-recognition in the US. That will be Huawei's big challenge for the new year.

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Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile is offering Apple's iPhone for as little as $280, as long as you're okay with a refurbished phone, and it's sweetening the deal with $1 per month service. The carrier's Certified Pre-Loved iPhone will initially launch with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which will be priced from $279.99 to $399.99. They're on sale alongside full-priced, brand new models on Virgin Mobile's network.

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