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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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Google reportedly looking to team up with carriers for free global roaming

Google is reportedly in talks with Hutchison Whampoa, owner of UK mobile operator Three, to allow consumers to use their smartphones abroad at no extra cost.

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A talk with T-Mobile about those new maps I complained about

I recently called bullshit on T-Mobile for its new coverage maps. T-Mobile responded.

Yesterday I spent some time talking with Grant Castle, T-Mobile's VP of Engineering and QA to better understand the way the data in those maps is sourced.

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EE powers new and existing customers with a free Power Bar to charge smartphones

UK mobile operator EE today announced that new and existing customers will be able to claim a free Power Bar on qualified plans.

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T-Mobile's coverage map doesn't look more accurate to me

T-Mobile on Monday said its new coverage map is based on "customer usage data points" rather than theoretical coverage. I call bullshit.

I've had T-Mobile service for about two years now. I became a T-Mobile customer after a brief dalliance with Straight Talk Wireless, back in 2013. The company had just brought the iPhone 5 online — its first iPhone.

At the time, T-Mobile was still managing a transition to 4G LTE coverage from what it had before and things were rough. I went a long time before I saw any data speeds or coverage close to what I was accustomed to as an AT&T customer. Even now, though I'm having problems. Which makes T-Mobile's new more accurate map questionable, in my eyes.

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T-Mobile uses 'real-time customer experience' for its new coverage map

T-Mobile has launched a revamped version of its coverage map that is based on what it calls "real-time customer experience" to offer a more accurate look at its footprint in the US.

T-Mobile says the map on its website is based on "200 million actual customer usage data points every day" rather than just best estimates of its coverage.

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Owner of Three UK will purchase O2 for £10.25 billion

Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to purchase O2 UK from Telefónica for £10.25 billion.

Talks between Hutchison Whampoa and Telefonica began in January of this year.

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T-Mobile won't just pay your ETF — they'll pay off your phone as well

T-Mobile's new Carrier Freedom program is designed to steal customers from Verizon and AT&T by offering to pay all of their outstanding phone payments and device leases.

T-Mobile announced this plan as part of their "Uncarrier 9.0" press event. It says that this new program is for phone or tablet customers who bought their devices on AT&T Next or Verizon Edge plans.

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T-Mobile announces new plans for businesses, starting at $16 a line

T-Mobile has announced its latest Un-carrier move, this one aimed at businesses.

T-Mobile will offer businesses plans with unlimited talk and text, with 1GB of data included, for $16 a month for 10 to 19 lines.

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EE announces new Film Club to replace Orange Wednesdays

EE today unveiled Film Club to offer new and existing customers to rent a single title from WuakiTV for just £1 each week.

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Sprint is offering to reimburse all fees for customers to ditch current carriers

Sprint is now offering anyone who switches from their current wireless carrier to its service full reimbursement of both their termination fees and any remaining phone payments.

This is just the latest effort from Sprint to get new customers. The company says that it will pay off any remaining fees and costs from former carriers "no matter what is owed."

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