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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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Verizon begins beta testing its sponsored data service FreeBee Data

Verizon has announced that it is now ready to begin beta testing its sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data. The carrier will be offering two different service models, one being per gigabyte, the other per click.

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O2 will notify credit card issuers when you're abroad to prevent declined transactions

O2 has launched a new service called Travel Alerts, which will allow the mobile operator to alert your credit card issuer or bank if you're smartphone is currently roaming abroad. This will then allow you to use your cards while away without fear of having them decline because your provider believes it to be a fraudulent transaction.

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Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

BT is set to merge with EE, and the company has just received the green light from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK. This body has approved the merger, which clears BT's £12.5 billion acquisition of EE to become the UK's largest mobile telecoms company.

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AT&T brings back unlimited data plans, if you also have DirecTV or U-Verse

AT&T is once again going to offer an unlimited data plan, but only if you are also a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber. The plan will be $100 a month for a single line, and $40 a month for each additional line.

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Sprint adds 36 more countries to its international roaming add-ons

Sprint has added 36 new countries to its international Open World and Global Roaming add-ons, bringing cheaper rates for those traveling abroad.

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Sprint kills 2-year contracts for smartphones

Sprint has gone through with its plans to ditch 2-year contracts for smartphones, according to an internal document sent to our sister site, Android Central.

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T-Mobile adds 14 video services to Binge On program, CEO defends against throttling claims

T-Mobile has added 14 more video services to its Binge On program, which allows users to stream video on those services without affecting their data plan. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also defending Binge On from reports that it throttles videos, stating it " does not permanently slow down data nor remove customer control."

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AT&T reportedly set to ditch 2-year smartphone contracts on Jan. 8 [Update]

A new report, citing a leaked internal document from AT&T, states that the wireless carrier will officially no longer offer two-year contract plans for any of its smartphones starting on January 8. New and existing customers will have to pay for the full price of the phones up front or via AT&T Next installment plans.

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Verizon will pay up to $650 to cover your switching costs

Verizon is back with another promotion, this time aimed at those looking to make the switch from another carrier. For a limited time, Verizon will pay up to $650 per line to help cover your costs to bring your number to Verizon.

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EE recalls every Power Bar USB battery due to overheating complaints

The EE wireless carrier in the UK has issued a recall of all of its Power Bar portable chargers, due to receiving what it calls "a very small number" of reports of the battery overheating.

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