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Samsung 5G network prototype in development with the US military

Samsung 5G network prototype in development with the US military

Samsung is working with the US military to develop and test a prototype 5G mobile network, according to a recent report, potentially paving the way for ground-based ultra-fast mobile broadband. According to the publication Defense Systems, the 5G network is capable of extremely fast speeds while offering low latency, able to hit up to 1GB/s.

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Apple gets 5G license to test its wireless tech for future iPhones

Apple gets 5G license to test its wireless tech for future iPhones

Though 5G is still years away, companies are already preparing for the faster technology, and Apple is no exception. The company was recently granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission that allows it to test its wireless technology with 5G broadband using both the 28GHz and 39Ghz bands. The testing can be done in two different locations in California.

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AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

As of this upcoming Friday, AT&T will offer its subscribers an ‘International Day Pass’ that offers unlimited text and talking in more than 100 countries. The pass will last for the duration of 24 hours, with the idea being that you can pay for an entire day abroad rather than stressing over the exact number of minutes and texts you use (and subsequently pay for).

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Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go users can finally setup a private network if they so wish, but it’ll cost extra. The feature arrives with Karma’s newly announced ‘Premium Features,’ a pay addition to one’s monthly data subscription that enables support for a passphrase. Once added, the hotspot will only be accessible to those who have the password (just like any other WiFi network), allowing you to limit who is able to get on it. This a big change for the shareable data hotspots, but gives subscribers one of their most requested features.

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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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FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

FCC unveils “Nutrition labels” for broadband connections

When you pick up a box of cereal, or any other food item, you can quickly and easily find out what you're getting by looking at the side. Thanks to a handy nutrition label, you'll find things like calories, sugars, and vitamins per serving, and a full list of ingredients. Now wouldn't it be great if everything you bought had a similar label? Well, it turns out that the FCC would like your broadband service to come with exactly that.

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Cheaper broadband the key in $9.25 FCC Lifeline subsidy change

Cheaper broadband the key in $9.25 FCC Lifeline subsidy change

The FCC has proposed the biggest changes to the Lifeline program since its creation, paving the way for more affordable broadband for low-income families. Lifeline was established in 1985 as a way to assist those below 135-percent of the poverty line with getting voice call service, initially through landline subsidies but, as cellphones became more mainstream, wireless options too.

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Karma Neverstop replaced with Pulse tiered data plans

Karma Neverstop replaced with Pulse tiered data plans

Karma has announced that is is pulling Neverstop, allowing present customers to keep enjoying it until their billing cycle ends, but stopping further renewals after that (as well as new signups). It is replacing Neverstop with a new service called Pulse, but the move isn't terribly surprising — Karma announced some pretty big changes to Neverstop last month that throttled users after they reached a 15GB data cap.

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FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop has announced a new global hotspot that offers free mobile data in many places around the world, launching first for users in the United States and UK. The hotspot works in 25 countries, including France, Germany, Spain, and other European countries. If all goes as planned, though, FreedomPop will expand the global hotspot’s coverage to include countries in Asia and Latin America, bringing the total to more than 40 regions globally.

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Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google has announced that Project Fi, its mobile service, will cover more than just your Nexus smartphone. With this new update, Project Fi adds support for data-only devices like your tablet; you’ll need to pick up one of its data-only SIMs to get it (availability is rolling out gradually). Google is going with a simple pricing structure, a flat rate of $10 for every gigabyte.

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Samsung Electronics and LG U+ partner to develop 5G tech

Samsung Electronics and LG U+ partner to develop 5G tech

Earlier this week we talked about how the ITU has defined 5G technology for the mobile space. The ITU defined 5G networks as having data speeds of at least 20 Gbps. Samsung Electronics and Korean telecommunications carrier LG U+ have now announced that they will team up to jointly develop 5G technology. Korean carrier KT has already announced that it plans to show off 5G networks during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Korea.

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Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

This week was an important week in rule making for the FCC, not only did the FCC clarify an 1991 ruling that makes it easier for carriers to block spam texts and robocalls, it has also voted to allow the federal government to give a broadband subsidy to the poor. Under the plan proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Lifeline program currently used to provide phone service to the poor could be used to pay for internet service as well.

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