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Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook is working together with 18 carriers throughout 14 countries to bring free or discounted data for Facebook’s messaging services. The free/discounted data will be available for Messenger on Android, Messenger on iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone within the next few months. This will allow people to save money on their current messaging plans, and will also draw in more users from those emerging markets.

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Verizon offering new prepaid plans for 3G phones

Verizon offering new prepaid plans for 3G phones

If mobile phone contracts just aren't your thing, then you're most likely on a prepaid plan, and Verizon Wireless has just rolled out two new options for 3G-enabled smartphones of "budget-minded" consumers. Both plans offer unlimited voice and texting, and the 500MB option will cost $60 per month, while 2GB of data will cost $70 per month.

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AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

After several months from Apple announcing FaceTime over cellular, AT&T is finally rolling the feature out to all of its tiered data customers. AT&T cites that its testing phase for FaceTime over cellular is complete, and will be enabled for all of its customers, including those on tiered data plans at no additional cost.

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Walmart to offer iPhone 5 with Straight Talk on January 11

Walmart to offer iPhone 5 with Straight Talk on January 11

Walmart has announced what it calls an "industry game changing offer": on January 11 (this Friday), customers will be able to buy the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 online at Walmart.com or via one of 2,000 Walmart retail stores that will offer the handset. The device will be offered via Straight Talk on a $45 no-contract plan. Those with a Walmart credit card - or those willing to sign up for one - will get a $20 monthly discount, bringing the plan fee to $25 per month.

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Boost Mobile to throttle data starting January 20th

Boost Mobile to throttle data starting January 20th

Boost Mobile announced on Tuesday that it will begin throttling data for customers who exceed their data limit. The throttling will go into effect on January 20, and will persist from when the users exceed their data cap to when the next billing period starts. This follows a (very) similar announcement from Virgin Mobile, which is also throttling data.

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AT&T offers $100 discount on tablets with tiny hitch

AT&T offers $100 discount on tablets with tiny hitch

If you're thinking about buying a tablet of any kind in the very near future, you might want to re-think where you're going to purchase it - AT&T may have just the ticket you're looking for. With a brand new $100 USD discount on any tablet, AT&T has made this offer one that's entirely enticing: unless of course you don't want to be attached to a 2-year data plan. Normally you'd be paying full price for any data-connected tablet working with AT&T, but this new deal brings on a 2-year contract attachment for anyone who wants a lovely $100 discount at the outset.

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T-Mobile makes changes to data service requirements

T-Mobile makes changes to data service requirements

T-Mobile has recently made some changes to its smartphone data service requirements. Previously, customers were allowed to simply just nab the 200MB data plan when activating a smartphone, which certainly saved on costs, but now the carrier is bumping up the minimum to 2GB of data when activating a new smartphone plan.

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Verizon iPhone 5 gets bill adjustment after data mishap

Verizon iPhone 5 gets bill adjustment after data mishap

If you've got yourself one of the earliest shipments of the iPhone 5 for Verizon, you may be amongst the crowd of people who saw their data bill go through the roof - the carrier is now responding to this situation. What Verizon and Apple have noted today is that there is indeed an error which makes data costs rise even when wi-fi is being utilized - Verizon has also mentioned that the cost of this "unwarranted cellular data use" will not be showing up on your bill - now we've got to find out how that's going to happen.

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Verizon: Share everything plans better than expected – Unlimited data is fading away

Verizon: Share everything plans better than expected – Unlimited data is fading away

Today Verizon's big CFO Fran Shammo has issued a few statements that are both good and bad, to say the least. During an annual investors conference Shammo stated that their new share everything plans were doing much better than expected, and seeing higher customer adaption then planned for. However he also mentioned a few things that should have us worried.

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MetroPCS announces new 4G LTE plan, reveals LG Motion 4G

MetroPCS announces new 4G LTE plan, reveals LG Motion 4G

MetroPCS has a new 4G LTE offer for those of you who want unlimited data but don't want to pay out the nose. Announced today, its new 4G LTE plan will cost $55 per month for unlimited talk, text, and of course, 4G LTE data. Everything plans are nothing new, but MetroPCS President Thomas Keys assures CNET that there are "no strings" attached with this one.

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Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

This week Verizon has found itself under the legal gun for blocking tethering apps on Android and iOS devices, with the FCC fining them on top of it all for $1.25 million USD. This case appears to be forcing Verizon to adhere to Net Neutrality rules on its 700 MHz spectrum, thusly resulting in the company having to rescind its standing policy of blocking wireless tethering without an additional fee to its smart devices. The spectrum under investigation in this case is used to operate Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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Verizon tablet prices explode

Verizon tablet prices explode

If you were planning on heading to Verizon to pick up your favorite 4G LTE capable tablet this week, you might be in for a surprise - the prices for these devices have gone up significantly. The reason for this is that Verizon has decided to stop subsidizing tablet prices, selling them instead for their full original ticket price with no service contract attached. This move comes along with Verizon's new Share Everything plans which were enacted last month.

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