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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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iPhone 6's LTE support isn't quite good enough for T-Mobile

Apple says the iPhone 6 has broader support for LTE than any iPhone before it: It supports 20 different LTE bands, up from 13 for the iPhone 5S. Unfortunately, support is absent for a new LTE band that T-Mobile USA is spending a lot of effort (and money) to deploy: LTE Band 12. It's disappointing news for some T-Mobile customers, but it shouldn't be entirely unexpected.

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Iliad to increase offer to buy T-Mobile, sets deadline for end of October

Following up on an earlier bid from July that was promptly shot down, French telecom Iliad is set to take another swing at buying T-Mobile. Rather than sweetening the price, which T-Mobile saw as too low last time around, Iliad is in discussions to simply increase the share of the company it's willing to buy.

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Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

Following the lead of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon Wireless will now be giving subscribers of its More Everything plans even more data, though you'll have to sign up this month to qualify. More data begins with the 12 GB plan, which will now net you a 15 GB data bucket each month, and goes all the way up to the 50 GB data plan, which through the promotion will double your data to a whopping 100 GB to consume. That's a lot of Netflix streaming to consume each month!

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Sprint doubles data on high-end plans for families and businesses

Sprint has announced that, starting today, they are offering "double the data" on high-end data plans compared to AT&T and Verizon. Sprint's 32GB, 40GB, and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will now offer 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB at no extra cost. Customers must sign up by October 31 in order to take advantage of the offer. Existing customers can take advantage of the promotion by visiting a Sprint retail store or call Sprint customer support.

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EE upgrades a further 18 towns in the UK to blinding 4G speeds

EE today announced the mobile network has launched 4G in 18 new towns across the UK, including Sandhurst. This takes the total number of major towns and cities with LTE connectivity through the company to 281 – reported to be over 75 percent of the UK population.

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AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

Are you a heavy data user? If so, AT&T is hoping you'll look their way and consider their latest promotion. For a limited time, they're doubling up the data offered on their Mobile Share value plans.

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Why doesn't Wi-Fi calling work on the iPhone 5?

iOS 8 was released on September 17th and millions of iOS device users upgraded. That included iPhone 5 owners on T-Mobile who hoped to use Wi-Fi calling, only to find out their phones aren't supported. What's going on?

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can take advantage of Verizon's VoLTE network and HD calls

New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners are reporting support for Verizon's new VoLTE network. A few weeks ago we learned that Verizon would finally launch VoLTE in the near future. Earlier this week Verizon confirmed that select smartphones could start taking advantage of Advance Calling 1.0, which is their first-generation service suite on VoLTE.

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How to use Wi-Fi calling with iOS 8

Wi-Fi calling is a new feature of iOS 8 that's available initially to T-Mobile customers in the United States and EE customers in the U.K. What's more, it's coming to other carriers in the coming months. It lets your iPhone make and receive calls using Wi-Fi instead of depending on your carrier's cell tower coverage. Here's how it works.

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Phones4u iPhone 6 pre-orders on EE's network can still get their phones

The shutdown of UK retailer Phones 4U a few days ago has caused people who have pre-ordered the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to wonder if they might miss out on getting them on Friday. Now EE has revealed that Phones 4u customers who have pre-ordered the iPhone 6 devices for use on EE's network might still be able to get their phone tomorrow.

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