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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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Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been revealed and priced and released, all at once. While the device won't be immediately available, each of the top carriers in the United States have begun issuing information about when and where the device will be able to be placed in users' hands, physically. The release today marks the first time Samsung has released the headliner "phablet" smartphone Galaxy Note without a "flat" version - it's decidedly part of the "Edge" collection without the namesake.

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T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile users who take advantage of Binge On might like to know that the carrier has expanded it once more, this time adding Apple Music and offerings from Disney to the list of services subscribers can stream without worrying about data usage. The biggest addition today will almost certainly be Apple Music, but T-Mobile is actually adding a sizable number of video streaming partners with this update, boasting that Binge On now offers four times what it did when it rolled out eight months back.

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AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

Recently, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler decided it was time to get serious about stopping robocalls, writing letters to the major wireless and landline carriers in the US giving them 30 days to come up with a plan of action. AT&T seems to be hitting the ground running in the search for solutions, with chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson saying that he'll lead a "Robocalling Strike Force," which would bring the major players in the industry together to develop solutions that halt robocalls from ever reaching consumers.

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FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

There are few things in this world we can label as "unanimously hated." However short that list is, though, robocalls would most likely be at or near the top of it. The FCC has working for years to get consumer discontent with robocalls and robotexts sorted out, and the agency's latest attempt at doing so involves urging carriers in the US to give consumers more options when it comes to blocking them.

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Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

With interest rates still dire, carrier Telefonica is reportedly hoping the lure of free smartphone data will tempt subscribers to bank with them instead. O2 Germany, the company's German arm, is apparently preparing to launch a service called "O2 Banking"; according to Bloomberg's sources, next week subscribers will not only have the option of relying on the network for their connectivity, but for their financial needs too.

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Vodafone says it may relocate outside UK following Brexit

Vodafone says it may relocate outside UK following Brexit

UK telecommunications company Vodafone is among the many unhappy with the recent vote to leave the European Union, and has dropped a couple serious hints that it's considering a relocation of its London-based headquarters. While nothing has been made final yet, the firm notes that it won't be abandoning its services or customers in the UK, however most of its earning and operations are found outside England.

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iPhone 7 dual-SIM could be the carriers’ worst nightmare

iPhone 7 dual-SIM could be the carriers’ worst nightmare

Forget the will-it/won't-it iPhone 7 headphone jack argument, the biggest news in Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone may well be how many SIMs you can slot in. The latest batch of iPhone 7 rumors, courtesy of leaked component images that allegedly show the dual-SIM support in the new phone, suggest that Apple plans to make one of the biggest physical changes to its handset in several generations, a move that could not only benefit owners but further frustrate the carriers.

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The cheapest phone plans with the most data (2016)

The cheapest phone plans with the most data (2016)

Let's face it: phones plans aren't really phone plans so much as they are mobile Internet plans. Not many people care about how many texts or minutes they get anymore (it's almost always unlimited anyway), not when WhatsApp and Messenger and Skype and a slew of other apps exist with the same functionality and a better user experience. Long gone are the days of truly unlimited mobile data, though, and in their wake we're left ever-hunting for the best ratio between cost and high speed data.

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