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iPhone Xs Carrier Pricing Round-up: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile

iPhone Xs Carrier Pricing Round-up: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile

The new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR were revealed at Apple headquarters yesterday - today come the carrier prices. Today we're running down the various costs of this smartphone collection (two of the three), for each major carrier in the United States as well as Apple proper. You also might well want to take a peek at our giant iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max hands-on while you're at it. Wouldn't want to buy a phone without getting up close and personal.

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Verizon throttled California fire department’s unlimited data during wildfire

Verizon throttled California fire department’s unlimited data during wildfire

The Santa Clara Fire Department has revealed that Verizon throttled its unlimited data during a wildfire, forcing it to upgrade to a different plan at more than double the original rate. The issue came to light in an addendum to a brief submitted to the attorneys general of 22 states, with the fire department stating that it had informed Verizon that the throttling was impeding its ability to respond.

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T-Mobile Team of Experts makes customer service the next carrier war

T-Mobile Team of Experts makes customer service the next carrier war

T-Mobile is launching Team of Experts, aiming to oust bad customer service experiences and replace it with a dedicated team of people that are easier to contact. Announced at an event today, the news saw T-Mobile CEO John Legere fire his usual shots at his cellphone network rivals, blasting not only their retention numbers but their cavalier approach to customer service.

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Verizon ends 3G phone activations before next year’s big change

Verizon ends 3G phone activations before next year’s big change

The days of 3G are nearing their end. Verizon has confirmed that it will no longer activate 3G-only phones, meaning new customers or those in need of an upgrade will need to purchase a handset with 4G support. This shouldn't come as a surprise -- the carrier has been saying for years that its 3G network is on the way out, though slowly, giving everyone more than enough time to upgrade.

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Sprint Unlimited plan split: Plus with Tidal, Basic with restrictions

Sprint Unlimited plan split: Plus with Tidal, Basic with restrictions

Sprint has split its Unlimited data plan into two new plans, one called Unlimited Basic and the other Unlimited Plus. The Unlimited Basic plan, as the name suggests, trims down what subscribers get, offering them video streaming on mobile data capped at 480p and only 500MB of LTE hotspot data. The company also has Unlimited plans for individuals aged 55+ and military.

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China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

Back in 2011, China Mobile took the first legal step to make its entrance in the US market, one that would allow it to offer wireless phone service to individuals within the nation. The Section 214 license application has been with the FCC for years, the agency having been tasked to seek info from the Executive Branch over whether authorizing the carrier would be "in the public interest of the US." That answer is officially no.

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Sprint Unlimited Kickstart data plan is $15 a month and there’s no catch

Sprint Unlimited Kickstart data plan is $15 a month and there’s no catch

Sprint wants you to abandon your current carrier and switch to its unlimited plan. Why should you consider the transition? Because the company's latest promotion is offering unlimited data for $15/month, promising that there's no catch or unwanted surprises. This isn't quite as sweet as the totally free unlimited plan it offered earlier this year, but it's still an incredible deal.

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Verizon 5G rollout starts in Los Angeles in Q4 2018

Verizon 5G rollout starts in Los Angeles in Q4 2018

Verizon has revealed plans to start rolling out its 5G network in Los Angeles in the fourth quarter of this year. The company announced the plans today, saying Los Angeles is the second city that will be getting its 5G network deployment. The first city, Sacramento, was first revealed in November 2017. The company is eyeing progressive cities in particular.

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AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T has tweaked its prepaid plans, making them slightly more attractive than before. Of note, users now have the option of an 8GB prepaid plan that costs $50/month, double or more the high-speed data you'll get from similarly priced plans elsewhere. As is common with prepaid plans, the carrier is making it attractive to set up auto pay by reducing the monthly fee in return.

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Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon's FamilyBase is getting something of a relaunch today. Citing a need for increased parental controls when it comes to kids and smartphone usage, Verizon has launched a new subscription service called Smart Family, which is says is an evolution of the old FamilyBase. It sounds like Smart Family keeps many of the parental controls FamilyBase offered, only it expands on them to include new features and capabilities for parents looking to manage screen time.

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AT&T Unlimited plan price cut starts tomorrow, plus huge deals in 3 cities

AT&T Unlimited plan price cut starts tomorrow, plus huge deals in 3 cities

Carriers are battling to get more unlimited subscribers and that's good news for consumers. AT&T has just announced that it will be dropping the price of its Unlimited Plus plan, offering it for $80 under the new "Unlimited Plus Enhanced" option. That new option is $10 cheaper per month than the existing Unlimited Plus option, though the scope of the changes aren't clear at the moment.

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Sprint 5G rollout will start in these six major cities

Sprint 5G rollout will start in these six major cities

Sprint has announced the six cities in the pipeline to get its 5G network, and as expected they're all large markets. The carrier will start by offering its customers in three cities access to "5G-like" network experiences this year, expanding to cover another three major regions larger on in 2018. This comes ahead of Sprint's planned 5G rollout in the first half of 2019.

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