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In Canada, unlocked phones aren’t just nice, they’re the law

In Canada, unlocked phones aren’t just nice, they’re the law

While mobile carriers in the US still pretty much have a vice grip on the mobile market, the rest of the world seems to be changing. The European Union's mandate to abolish roaming charges within its member countries has just taken effect and now Canada is going to prevent carriers from locking users into their services. Starting 1st Decembers, users need no longer pay a fee to get the phones unlocked. In fact, all new phones from that day forward should already be unlocked by default.

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The Essential Phone just made a huge carrier mistake

The Essential Phone just made a huge carrier mistake

The Essential Phone may have made a huge misstep, with Andy Rubin showing that, while he knows how to make a slick phone, he may be behind the curve on carrier sentiment. Launched to no small amount of fanfare in late May, the Android smartphone puts refined design, cutting-edge technology, and modular extensibility at the fore. However, the bad news chaser is the network it'll be an in-store carrier exclusive with.

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T-Mobile DIGITS brings multi-number, multi-device joy on May 31

T-Mobile DIGITS brings multi-number, multi-device joy on May 31

T-Mobile's DIGITS, which allows subscribers to mix & match with multiple numbers across multiple devices, is rolling it to all its customers from May 31. With it, users will be able to have two lines - one for personal, one for business - call the same smartphone, for instance, without having to pay for two full service plans. DIGITS launched in beta back in December 2016, but as of the end of this month all T-Mobile subscribers will find it activated on their plans.

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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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