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Soon you’ll see brand logos on your Caller ID – and that’s a good thing

Soon you’ll see brand logos on your Caller ID – and that’s a good thing

Efforts to make Caller ID more useful - and more trustworthy - aren't stopping at the nationwide rollout of STIR/SHAKEN, with a new push to include company logos on your phone's screen. Get ready to hear plenty from carriers about Rich Call Data (RCD), which combines Caller ID with anti-spoofing authentication to make it more obvious at a glance who's calling you.

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Yahoo Mobile MVNO shuts down a little over a year since it launched

Yahoo Mobile MVNO shuts down a little over a year since it launched

It seems that Verizon's purchase of several media properties was doomed from the start. Expensive and ultimately unprofitable, the network operator ended up selling that Media Group that included AOL and Yahoo's many products. The latter includes not just search and email but also a mobile virtual network operator called, what else, Yahoo Mobile. The latter has just announced that it will be closing up shop and ceasing operation after being in the market for less than two years.

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AT&T gives Google Stadia Pro trial to fiber and 5G customers

AT&T gives Google Stadia Pro trial to fiber and 5G customers

AT&T and Google today announced a new promo for Stadia Pro. The promo is available is to certain AT&T wireless and fiber customers, and it grants six months of Stadia Pro on the house. Of course, like most wireless deals out there, there are certain provisos and terms to consider before you're able to claim your six months of Stadia Pro.

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Verizon promises free 5G phones as lure to carrier jumpers

Verizon promises free 5G phones as lure to carrier jumpers

Verizon is promising free 5G phones and borrowing T-Mobile's strategy of covering network switching costs, as it tries to lure new subscribers to its unlimited cellular plans. The promotion also covers existing Verizon subscribers who may not have a 5G phone, and allows for trade-ins of even broken handsets or those with cracked screens.

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Verizon adds free Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass for gamer subscribers

Verizon adds free Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass for gamer subscribers

Verizon is throwing an Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass subscription in with its cellphone plans, with 6-12 months of mobile gaming service being added as a perk for new and existing subscribers. Just how long a free subscription you get will depend on which plan you're signed up to.

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US Mobile launches low-cost pooled data plans (because you’re always on WiFi anyway)

US Mobile launches low-cost pooled data plans (because you’re always on WiFi anyway)

Ultimate isn't for everyone, and if you've been looking at your monthly cellphone bill and wondering why you're paying for masses of data while doing 99-percent of your phone browsing over WiFi at home, US Mobile's flexible new Pooled Plans could be an alternative. Rather than focusing on power-users who need the maximum amount of data each month, the new data plans focus on smaller, cheaper amounts that can be easily shared between multiple $9/mo lines.

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Xfinity Mobile unlimited 5G plans get cheaper (but that’s not the best part)

Xfinity Mobile unlimited 5G plans get cheaper (but that’s not the best part)

Xfinity Mobile is trimming the cost of its unlimited 5G plans, with Comcast aiming to undercut its better-known rivals as more Americans hunt for lower prices without sacrificing speed. The new Xfinity Mobile unlimited 5G plans still start at $45 per month for one line, but bring down the price of multiple lines as it blends them with the carrier's "By-the-Gig" per-gigabyte option.

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T-Mobile is offering free 5G phones in exchange for old phones

T-Mobile is offering free 5G phones in exchange for old phones

In a webcast today, T-Mobile announced a new free 5G phone upgrade offer and the 'Great Unlimited Trade-Up,' a program that gives competitors' non-unlimited customers the chance to switch to T-Mobile's unlimited plan for up to the same price they're already paying. The announcements joined T-Mobile's Home Internet launch and its T-Mobile Hometown 5G commitment to rural American communities.

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Dish brands T-Mobile shady Un-Uncarrier over Boost network shutdown

Dish brands T-Mobile shady Un-Uncarrier over Boost network shutdown

Dish has accused T-Mobile of the sort of shady carrier behaviors that T-Mobile made a business out of accusing AT&T and Verizon of performing, demanding the FCC weigh in on the upcoming shutdown of the CDMA network many of its subscribers still rely upon. Dish and T-Mobile were meant to be collaborating closely in the aftermath of T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, but now the smaller carrier claims its erstwhile partner is now getting sneaky.

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Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Network operators have a tendency to redefine common words and give them new meanings. "Unlimited" is not unlimited when it comes to data and "indefinitely" definitely has an end. To be fair, Verizon did leave the door wide open for when it will shut down its 3G network and now it is officially giving notice to the old technology's remaining users. Big Red is finally shutting down its 3G CDMA network at the end of 2022, three years after its initial plan.

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Metro prepaid customers now get T-Mobile Tuesdays perks

Metro prepaid customers now get T-Mobile Tuesdays perks

Prepaid carrier Metro, which is now owned by T-Mobile, just got a bit more appealing for consumers who prefer to pay for their phone service ahead of time. The wireless carrier has announced that Metro prepaid customers are now eligible for T-Mobile Tuesdays perks, meaning they'll be able to redeem the freebies and other offers previously only available with certain T-Mobile plans.

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Verizon 5G is going to get much better – but you may have to upgrade first

Verizon 5G is going to get much better – but you may have to upgrade first

Verizon has confirmed just how it plans to use C-Band 5G in order to boost speeds and coverage in the US, but if you were hoping for either of those things without paying more every month, you could be disappointed. The carrier spent almost $53 billion on C-Band spectrum, giving it potential coverage across every available market, it said, though its launch plans are a little more restrained.

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