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Project Fi finally works for Google’s most loyal users

Project Fi finally works for Google’s most loyal users

Google's Project Fi always seemed like a great deal if you wanted to avoid the complexity of traditional carriers, but one group of potential users had been inexplicably left out in the cold. G Suite customers may be some of the few to actually pay Google for a service, but they were left unable to use Project Fi with their accounts. While they might be coughing up cash for the privilege of using Google services on their own domain, the virtual carrier wasn't one of them.

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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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Verizon was hemorrhaging subscribers until unlimited data launched

Verizon was hemorrhaging subscribers until unlimited data launched

Do wireless customers really care about unlimited data on their cellphone plans? Verizon Wireless discovered they absolutely do, as confirmed in the carrier's financial results for Q1 2017, released today. Turns out, it took bringing back truly unlimited data from the dead to step a gush of subscribers from the network.

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AT&T tweaks unlimited data plan after realizing it’s the worst

AT&T tweaks unlimited data plan after realizing it’s the worst

The unlimited data war rages on, and today we're seeing AT&T tweak its unlimited data offerings to better compete with Verizon and T-Mobile. Like the rest of the big four, AT&T was quick to roll out a new unlimited data plan after Verizon announced one of its own. The only problem was that AT&T's plan was clearly the worst, asking for more money than Verizon and T-Mobile while leaving out important features like tethering and mobile hotspot.

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Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel has outed a new Gigabit LTE modem and further detailed its 5G plans, as it mounts another attempt to oust Qualcomm from smartphones like the new iPhone. The chip-maker has detailed its latest Intel XMM 7560 Modem, supporting Cat 16 downlinks for rates over 1 Gbps, and Cat 13 uplink for up to 225 Mbps. There's also multi-SIM support, up to 35 LTE bands on a single radio, and up to 230 different combinations of carrier aggregation.

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Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review

Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review

In a matter of just a few days, we've gone from two major US carriers offering unlimited data plans to all four. After the past few years, it seems very strange to say this, but unlimited data is back. This time around, though, these plans come with a lot of caveats, and it can be hard to keep things straight between AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. So, if you're in the market for a new carrier and these unlimited plans have piqued your interest, which one should you go with? Hopefully this guide helps clear some things up.

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Verizon’s Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know

Verizon’s Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know

In case you missed the news, Verizon has decided to bring back unlimited data plans. The largest wireless carrier in the US has likely been feeling the pressure from T-Mobile and Sprint's own unlimited plans. Of course, these days "unlimited" seems to mean "limited in these specific and annoying ways," so is the same true for Verizon's plan? Here's everything you need to know.

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Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

In a rather interesting turn of events, Sprint has announced that it's purchased a 33% stake in Tidal. Rumors have been swirling for months about a potential Tidal acquisition, and while this isn't quite the same, it's still financial help at a time when Tidal is struggling.

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FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

Zero-rated services are becoming increasingly popular among carriers and companies, giving customers a way to consume certain content without using up their high-speed data allotment. Such arrangements have raised concerns about net neutrality in the past, and while the FCC isn't necessarily against zero-rated offerings, it has expressed concerns with some of them. Verizon and AT&T are, once again, the focus of that concern.

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T-Mobile’s latest move simplifies your bill, credits you for low data usage

T-Mobile’s latest move simplifies your bill, credits you for low data usage

T-Mobile is once again making a move to differentiate itself from the rest of the big carriers in the US. The latest addition to its Uncarrier initiative may not be as attention grabbing as something like DIGITS was when it was revealed last month, but it's still a consumer-friendly move. Later on this month, new customers signing up for T-Mobile's ONE plan will find that their monthly bill is a lot less crowded than bills from the other carriers.

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This is when your US Note 7 will die

This is when your US Note 7 will die

Samsung's decision to not just ask nicely for Galaxy Note 7 recall hold-outs to return the phone but brick it altogether has left some wondering "when will my Note 7 die?" Tired of waiting for remaining owners to come in for a refund, Samsung has opted to take more drastic actions. However, with the news that Verizon doesn't plan to release the new firmware, which prevents the problematic phablet's battery from charging, attention has turned to the other major US carriers to confirm when - or indeed if - their customers will receive it.

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iPhone 7 preorder and carrier pricing round-up

iPhone 7 preorder and carrier pricing round-up

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won't be available for pre-order until tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have some pricing details from the big four carriers in the US. While some carriers are being a little tight-lipped on their pricing until the phone actually goes up for pre-order, Apple has published information for all four of them, letting us know how much each one will charge for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, along with all of their storage variants.

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