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Everything you need to know to pick the absolute best carrier deal for your iPhone or iPad

An iPhone without voice and data is just an expensive iPod, and an iPad Wi-Fi + cellular without the cellular, well, you get the idea. But carrier plans, be they single line or family, dedicated or shared, prepaid or postpaid, come at a price. They also have a tendency to change over time. A lot. So how do you make sure you get the best plan - and the most savings - possible? You check back here often, of course!

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3: What US carrier should you choose?

The cellular models of the iPad AIr 2 and the iPad mini 3 come ready to work on most of the major wireless networks. Thanks to the Apple SIM, you can even setup AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — and switch between Sprint and T-Mobile — right on your iPad. (Verizon requires its own specific model and SIM.) If you're trying to decide which carrier is right for you, there are several factors you'll need to consider, including coverage, cost, and quality.

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AT&T gives $50 credit if you upgrade your iPhone at Apple and use Next

AT&T is quietly running a Next upgrade promotion that will reward existing customers with a $50 bill credit when they trade up to a new iPhone at an Apple retail store or through Apple's online sales channels. Customers can now finance the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus through AT&T Next 12 or AT&T Next 18 plans and receive a $50 credit on their wireless bills.

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Sprint could be in talks to buy FreedomPop

A new report claims that Sprint is among the many companies that might be thinking about acquiring FreedomPop, the wireless carrier that offers a number of voice minutes and data for free each month to US customers.

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Verizon offers deals on digital content with Connection Day

In an attempt to get you to sign up for their service, Verizon has introduced Connection Day, a day of digital giveaways for people visiting Verizon stores. Taking place on November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Connection Day will see Verizon give away music, apps, movies, and more from participating companies like Amazon, Apple, and Pandora.

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New AT&T ad shows how you can get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $0 down

AT&T has released an advert to entice customers into grabbing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on monthly plans with no down payment required. This means you'll be able to walk away with the new iPhone and not have to part with a down payment, but it does lock you into a 30-month contract with AT&T, starting from $21.67 a month for the iPhone 6 and $25 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Sprint to reduce monthly data access charge for some Family Share plans

Sprint will reduce the data access charge for its $80 and $90 Sprint Family Share plans to $15 a month beginning on Friday, November 14 in their latest attempt to undercut the pricing plans of its competitors.

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AT&T ditches plans for in-flight 4G LTE connectivity

AT&T announced that it will be abandoning plans to bring in-flight wireless connectivity. The carrier will not be bringing its 4G LTE service to the skies as previously planned through an air-to-ground-based service for domestic flights, citing that in-flight connectivity is too risky of an investment.

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AT&T to expand North American coverage area with Mexico carrier Iusacell acquisition

AT&T announced that it would be acquiring Mexico wireless carrier Iusacell to create a North American Mobile Service area covering 400 million customers and businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. The deal will bring 8.5 million Iusacell subscribers under AT&T's umbrella. AT&T credits recent reforms in Mexico made under Prsident Pena Nieto for the deal.

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Rogers introduces new roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers is introducing a new international roaming plan for those customers traveling to the United States. The Roam Like Home plan allows Rogers customers to access their Share Everything minutes, text, and data while in the United States for $5 per day.

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EE launches its new set-top box for the connected home

EE TV has just launched in the UK and is now available throughout the country at the mobile operator's stores. The company announced the new set-top box last month, which enables consumers to enjoy over 70 Freeview channels, catch-up and on-demand services, as well as DVR functionality to make good use of the 1TB hard drive.

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