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T-Mobile Magenta MAX promises unlimited data plan with no small print

T-Mobile Magenta MAX promises unlimited data plan with no small print

T-Mobile has launched a new plan where unlimited actually does mean unlimited, with Magenta MAX promising no caps on 4G or 5G data. It's an unusual move for an industry which had in recent years tended to require plenty of small print to explain just why your "unlimited" service actually had plenty of caveats and limits.

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Google Fi VPN gets some big upgrades on Android with iPhone launch inbound

Google Fi VPN gets some big upgrades on Android with iPhone launch inbound

Today Google announced a number of updates to its Google Fi phone service. The biggest updates revolve around Google Fi's built-in VPN, which is now moving out of beta on Android after Google has made some performance improvements. It sounds like the VPN slowed internet speeds too much for beta testers, so after making some changes on that front and promising a "faster, stronger connection" when using apps and services, Google is launching the VPN to all Android users.

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T-Mobile confirms network update will disconnect these devices

T-Mobile confirms network update will disconnect these devices

It seems that carriers share a common theme this year of "out with the old and in with the new". In most cases, that refers to their desire to finally shut down 3G services, a move that has been met with resistance that forced some network operators to delay their plans. T-Mobile, however, has one network update coming that is both mysterious and also inescapable. By the end of the month, as many as 19 devices, will no longer be able to connect to its network, forcing users to upgrade their devices, presuming they haven't yet.

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Verizon 3G will be hanging around indefinitely for now

Verizon 3G will be hanging around indefinitely for now

As carriers make more aggressive steps towards switching to 5G, they are also eager to finally let go of aging technologies and equipment in the process. Some, however, might have been too eager to put up an image of being a leader and pioneer in the industry. That, however, may have ironically cost Verizon some PR points when it tried to shutter its 3G network early. Rather than delay it repeatedly, the carrier will apparently continue offering the service, at least until further notice.

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T-Mobile data breach exposed thousands of phone numbers, call records

T-Mobile data breach exposed thousands of phone numbers, call records

2020 was pretty much a disaster and it ended like one as well, at least for the cybersecurity community, governments, and some companies. Even just a day before it ended, another major US name was added to that list, though this time with far less nefarious consequences as the SolarWinds hacking incident. That said, it still isn't reassuring that one of the four (now three, really) biggest US mobile operators did get hacked, even if all that may have been accessed were mostly phone numbers.

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FCC starts process to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks

FCC starts process to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks

It seems that the year won't be ending well for Huawei and ZTE even though the two's smartphone businesses remain somewhat stable for now. The Chinese companies' networking businesses, on the other hand, might be dealt with a rather devastating blow based on the FCC's latest orders. Removing Huawei's and ZTE's networking equipment will hurt rural carriers the most but the FCC promises help will be coming, provided the US Congress finally gets the funds needed to subsidize the costs.

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UK to ban carriers from selling network-locked phones next year

UK to ban carriers from selling network-locked phones next year

There was a time when it seemed that carrier-subsidized phones as going out of fashion. That hasn't changed at all in the US where carriers still hold sway over people's mobile purchases but the landscape has shifted slightly in Europe. People there still get their phones from their carrier of choice but regional regulations have taken steps against lock-ins that US consumers have pretty much accepted as a fact of life. The UK is following suit and will soon force its remaining carriers to sell only unlocked phones by December 2021.

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Google Fi 5G coverage detailed as these new phones join line-up

Google Fi 5G coverage detailed as these new phones join line-up

Google Fi is adding support for a bunch of Samsung phones today, in addition to rolling out support for the latest Pixel phones. The phones being added to Google Fi today include all of Samsung's 5G phones, the Pixel 5, and the Pixel 4a (5G). 5G service is definitely the theme of the day, with Google Fi detailing its 5G coverage in the US as well.

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AT&T ad-supported phone plans could just be a year away

AT&T ad-supported phone plans could just be a year away

Just as browser makers and laws start to crack down on the abuse and misuse of ads, one major US network operator might be daring to stir up the hornet's nest in about a year's time. AT&T CEO John Stankey revealed the company's thoughts on how it could offer cheaper mobile subscriptions and, as you might expect, it involves serving customers targeted ads.

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T-Mobile details free wireless hotspot plan for K-12 students

T-Mobile details free wireless hotspot plan for K-12 students

T-Mobile has detailed its plans to roll out free internet access to US students, with the promise of wireless hotspots and low-cost tablets or laptops. Part of the carrier's pre-Sprint-merger promises, the so-called "Project 10Million" will see T-Mobile supply data and subsidized devices as it attempts to tackle "the homework gap."

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The FCC did the math on ousting Huawei and ZTE from US carriers. Spoiler – it’s a LOT

The FCC did the math on ousting Huawei and ZTE from US carriers. Spoiler – it’s a LOT

The FCC has done the math on just how much it might cost to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment and services from US carriers, and it's bad news if you thought it might be as simple and cheap as unplugging a few routers and switches. Last year, the FCC warned carriers getting government funding that they would no longer be able to order network tech from the two Chinese companies.

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The best Galaxy Note 20 deals [Updated]

The best Galaxy Note 20 deals [Updated]

Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are finally official, and the big question is what big price tag these big smartphones might demand. As you'd expect, US carriers have been quick to step up with some Note 20 deals, while Samsung itself has some promotions during the smartphone's preorder period.

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