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FreedomPop officially opens the free floodgate in the UK

FreedomPop officially opens the free floodgate in the UK

Practically four months in the making, FreedomPop is finally opening its doors to UK customers who want or need to get free calls and messaging, at a certain limit, for life. In its first ever expansion outside the US, FreedomPop will be offering residents in the UK 200MB of data, 200 text messages, and 200 minutes of calls, all for absolutely free. Of course, subscribers do have the option to expand their quota, but not all of those are equally available for free like the base offer.

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T-Mobile Simple Global expands to all Europe, South America

T-Mobile Simple Global expands to all Europe, South America

Unsatisfied with trying to conquer the US, T-Mobile wants to spread its Un-carrier words beyond the country' borders. Today it announces that its Simple Global scheme, which tries to make the world a smaller place through your smartphone, is expanding to 20 more countries, including all of Europe and all of South America. This means that in 145 countries, eligible subscribers can browse the Web or send SMS at no extra cost than what they would pay while at home, while calls do get charged $0.20 per minute.

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Verizon offers first US roaming coverage in Cuba

Verizon offers first US roaming coverage in Cuba

No, this isn't how Cuba is planning to improve its Internet accessibility. Taking advantage of the new found political relationship between the two countries, US carriers are starting to set their eyes on the country, opening the doors for better communication, both across countries and when within the Cuba. In this vein, Verizon is announcing its latest achievement, which is becoming the first US wireless company to offer roaming services in the previously isolated nation, boosting not only Verizon's territories but potentially also makes it for Americans to visit the country.

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VoLTE goes live in the UK (but not for your iPhone – yet)

VoLTE goes live in the UK (but not for your iPhone – yet)

The first UK network to offer VoLTE has gone live with its voice-over-data service, with Three lighting up what it's calling 4G Super-Voice. Kicking off today in London, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Birmingham - where Three says it has more than three quarters of the population covered - 4G Super-Voice also boasts better indoor calling performance.

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Verizon LTE-U trial targets death to deadspots in 2016

Verizon LTE-U trial targets death to deadspots in 2016

Verizon is kicking off LTE-U trials in the US, testing out how using unlicensed 4G spectrum could fill in gaps in its traditional LTE network. The pilot, expected to run until the end of the year, will use Samsung LTE-U femtocells - each will create a bubble of LTE service to which smartphones can connect, and be bridged with Verizon's official network.

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Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon is attempting to make picking a mobile package more straightforward, killing off the contract but ousting phone subsidies in the process. As of August 13, Verizon will retire its individual line and family plans, shifting to four options - small, medium, large, and x-large - that all include unlimited calls and messaging, varying instead by how much data they include.

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Apple denies MVNO launch plans

Apple denies MVNO launch plans

Apple has denied reports that it is planning to launch its own carrier, after claims this week that it was in talks to establish an MVNO. The rumors, a resurgence of long-standing speculation that the iPhone maker was looking to establish itself as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, suggested private trials of such a service were already underway in the US, while discussions were said to be ongoing in Europe. Now, though, Apple says it has not even discussed such an idea.

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AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

Last month AT&T was hit with a $100 million fine from the FCC due to its erstwhile data throttling plan (which hadn’t won it any favors with subscribers). The problem with the throttling was where AT&T chose to apply it: to “unlimited data” plans, which, per their name, should not be subjected to data limitations. AT&T doesn’t offer unlimited data plans any longer, and it has made it clear it doesn’t want the remaining grandfathered plans to remain. As such, the wireless carrier is now pushing back against the FCC.

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Apple and Samsung said eyeing e-SIM for easier carrier switching

Apple and Samsung said eyeing e-SIM for easier carrier switching

Apple and Samsung plan to use embedded SIM cards in their upcoming smartphones, the GSMA claims, potentially allowing owners to switch between carriers more easily. Rather than expect smartphones users to switch SIM - the identity card currently provided by each network - when they want to change operator, the so-called e-SIM would be reprogrammable. Apple has already used the technology in its LTE-equipped iPads, though only with a limited number of carriers, but according to the latest reports some of the biggest names in telecoms are about to get onboard.

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Helio reborn, but probably should’ve stayed dead

Helio reborn, but probably should’ve stayed dead

Helio has been resurrected from the grave, with the short-lived network that helped usher in social on your phone being reborn as a budget option. Emerging as an MVNO - and using the Sprint network that actually absorbed the company back in 2010 - the promise is no minimum contracts and the ability to use your own device. At first glance, there's a lot to like: $29 for unlimited voice, text, and data, but in one important way the deal is a little too close to cell service ten years ago.

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On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

July 4th doesn't have to stop at barbecue food and Will Smith kicking extraterrestrial butt: it's a great opportunity to declare tech independence, too. Whether it's free trials that you signed up for and forgot to cancel before they started charging your credit card, an old cellphone plan that's now looking less than competitive, or your unwatched cable box sucking down cash every month in return for a thousand channels you ignore, there are plenty of ways to make today a more rewarding Independence Day.

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Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

The European Commission has announced that an agreement has been reached that will finally put an end to roaming charges within Europe on June 15th, 2017. That means in just under 2 years Europeans will be able to travel to other countries in the European Union (EU), and pay the same cell phone rates as they do at home. This includes countries like France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, and many, many more.

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