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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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T-Mobile WFX tackles working-from-home with 5G WiFi router & new plans

T-Mobile WFX tackles working-from-home with 5G WiFi router & new plans

T-Mobile has launched three new working-from-home products, figuring that even as vaccinations may be more commonplace, a return to the office is still a long way off for many US workers. T-Mobile WFX will encompass new unlimited 5G plans along with new home office internet plans, along with various voice and messaging services for business use.

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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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