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Galaxy S7 deals: The best price for Samsung’s flagship release

Galaxy S7 deals: The best price for Samsung’s flagship release

While almost immediately after the Samsung Galaxy S7 was revealed, we had pricing, it's quickly become apparent that carriers aren't going to leave themselves in a position to be outbid. T-Mobile, for example, is just one mobile device carrier inside the USA that's begun the war with a buy-one-get-one deal. As if the next-generation bits and pieces of the Galaxy S7 and/or Galaxy S7 Edge weren't already enough. Of course T-Mobile's situation here includes a rebate, so it's not as if you're getting a device entirely for free right out the gate. First you have to pay for it - you've also got to add a line for this deal to be able to work.

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Sprint returns to offering 2-year contracts

Sprint returns to offering 2-year contracts

Over the last year, if there's one clear trend we saw among mobile carriers in the US, it was the elimination of two-year contracts in favor of installment plans for smartphone payments and select allotments for data. Verizon and AT&T have gone this route, as has Sprint and T-Mobile. However, it seems one of these companies has decided to reverse course. Only month after bringing an end to its contracts, Sprint is once again offering 2-year deals to customers.

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Sprint doubles down on data with their Better Choice plans

Sprint doubles down on data with their Better Choice plans

I enjoy watching phone providers fight it out to win over customers. Each one steps up their game just a bit, in order to outdo the competition. But just as one seems to have the upper hand, another comes out and flexes its muscles, in attempt to lure people to their service with a better deal. Today's newest deal comes from Sprint, who wants to give you more data than the competition.

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Verizon baits switchers with $650 per line

Verizon baits switchers with $650 per line

This morning we received an ugly Christmas sweater in the mail from Verizon to announce $650 in contract-ending switch cash. Weird. "Everyone has that one gift they'd like to like to exchange for something better: maybe that not-so-cool holiday sweater... or the wrong network." Clever. So Verizon has this deal for people who use a different carrier for their smartphone and want to switch, giving them "up to" $650 USD per line in the process.

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AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

The release date for the increase of prices for AT&T's grandfathered Unlimited Data plans has struck - coming your way this February. At that time, AT&T will hike the price from $30 for an unlimited data plan - which is insane by today's standards - to $35 USD. SO it's not so terrible. For now. This keeps AT&T's prices below the hikes of their main competition, with Verizon's still at $49 a month and T-Mobile's at $45. Then there's the throttling. Always with the throttling.

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T-Mobile teases Sprint subscribers with $200 a line bounty

T-Mobile teases Sprint subscribers with $200 a line bounty

Mobile phone carriers are interesting. They always seem to be trying their hardest to undercut the competition, and lure customers away from their current provider. This is, of course, almost always good for the customer, as it usually means discounts. And in the case of T-Mobile, it means cold, hard cash.

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Sprint wants to charge you $700 for a $500 HTC One A9

Sprint wants to charge you $700 for a $500 HTC One A9

Sometimes carriers mark smartphones up from their standard, manufacturer price. Sometimes this amount of money is negligible - like AT&T's $20 over the standard $499 HTC will charge for the HTC One A9. But Sprint's not feeling like offering the device at HTC's current price - nor the lower price of $399 the device is currently at on promo. Instead, Sprint is charging users $696 for the HTC One A9. That's $197 more than HTC will charge AFTER their promo is done - or $297 more than HTC's current price for the same device.*

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SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

Thousands of jobs are at stake this week as Sprint receives word from parent company SoftBank that they'll be needing to cut costs significantly. Straight from a SoftBank earnings call this week for the quarter ending at the end of September, 2015, it would appear that though Sprint is the "only carrier with growth" in the USA for Postpaid devices - though their charts don't actually have numbers attached. Despite this, Sprint will be needing to cut back on cash spent to keep their business running.

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Sprint wants to “protect” you with data throttling

Sprint wants to “protect” you with data throttling

Sprint's "Unlimited" data plans are about to become ever-so-slightly limited. The company has initiated a new "Quality of Service" practice that'll throttle data once you've used a certain amount in a month. This is not unheard of - throttling of data (making data speeds go slower after you've used a certain amount) - is something that most major data networks have been guilty of in the past. Sprint's newest effort to make this practice OK with consumers is to cut back on data speed in the name of protecting those that don't use more than an average amount.

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AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

Apple's iOS 9 and new iPhones now have support for WiFi calling, a feature that lets users place voice calls over a WiFi connection instead of using cellular. US carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have already launched the feature on their networks, but some are wondering why AT&T hasn't when it was expected to debut with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Well, as AT&T is putting it, their rivals have implemented WiFi calling without the approval of the FCC.

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Sprint possibly joining T-Mobile in selling Apple Watch on September 25

Sprint possibly joining T-Mobile in selling Apple Watch on September 25

While the Apple Watch started out only being available through Apple's online store, recent months have seen it start to be offered not only at physical Apple Stores, but third-party retailers as well. Starting later this month, customers will be able to buy their Apple Watch from at least one more location, possibly even two. T-Mobile has confirmed that it will begin offering the wearable at its retail stores starting September 25, the same day the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch.

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Boost Mobile launches no-contract WiFi mobile hotspot

Boost Mobile launches no-contract WiFi mobile hotspot

The 3rd-party brands are bringing heat this week - right in the face of companies like T-Mobile USA, Boost Mobile is bringing no-contract WiFi Hotspot plans starting at $25 a month. Of course these plans aren't all that beefy. For $25 a month you're going to get 1.5GB - that'll probably last you a few days, maybe. Those users looking for higher amounts of data can go with a 50-dollar a month plan for 10GB of data - that's excluding taxes and surcharges. These plans are for low data, on-the-go users.

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