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Republic Wireless Anywhere HQ is the carrier’s own smart speaker

Republic Wireless Anywhere HQ is the carrier’s own smart speaker

The wireless carrier Republic Wireless, which offers atypical service targeted at those who want as low of a bill as possible, is getting into the hardware game with the unveiling of its own smart speaker. Called Anywhere HQ, this speaker recently popped up on the carrier's website, though not many details are available at this time.

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Viacom in talks with mobile carriers over video streaming deals

Viacom in talks with mobile carriers over video streaming deals

Viacom hasn't embraced the new world of online entertainment gracefully. The company pulled its channels from OTT services like PlayStation Vue last year, for example, and though some of its content can be streamed legally online through various destinations, it isn't as readily accessible as, say, Netflix original content. That may be changing, though, at least in certain cases, as the company has revealed it is talking with wireless carriers over potential mobile video streaming deals.

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3 cheapest unlimited mobile data plans: all the important details

3 cheapest unlimited mobile data plans: all the important details

Unlimited data is back, but it isn't cheap and it comes with a roster of limitations. Having access to loads of data every month is more important than ever, and here to offer it cheaper than the three big carriers are three small prepaid companies. You can get unlimited data for as little as $50/month, but are the savings worth the potential sacrifices? We've looked at all the fine print to find out.

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MetroPCS launches unlimited 4G LTE option: $75 for two lines

MetroPCS launches unlimited 4G LTE option: $75 for two lines

Unlimited phone plans are back, and MetroPCS just got on the bandwagon. The carrier, which is known for its prepaid options, has just announced a new plan that gives subscribers unlimited 4G LTE data...but only if you sign up two lines under the deal. By doing so, both lines get unlimited high-speed mobile data for a total of $75/month, making each phone's monthly cost about half of what you'd pay for unlimited at a big carrier.

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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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