Best carriers

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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Three, O2, EE, or Vodafone: Which UK iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus carrier should you choose?

2014 iPhone buyers guide: How to choose between Three, O2, EE, Vodafone or alternatives such as Virgin Media or GiffGaff for your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus!

If you're in the U.K, choosing a carrier for your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is as tough as ever. We've now got LTE support across the country from all the major carriers, even some of the MVNOs are starting to get in on that and pricing is become every more competitive. Add to that increasing competition from high-street retailers to get your business and it can become a real challenge to hunt down the best deal.

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Rogers, Bell, or TELUS: Which Canadian iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus carrier should you choose?

2014 iPhone buyers guide: How to choose between Rogers, Bell, TELUS, their discount Fido, Virgin Mobile, and Koodo subsidiaries, and alternatives like WIND or Mobilicity for your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus!

Once you've decided you're getting a new iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6, and picked your model, capacity, and color, you still need to choose your carrier. If you're in Canada, that means the big three carriers of Rogers, Bell, and TELUS, their lower-price subsidiaries, and a few upstarts. All of the big three have confirmed that they'll be offering the latest and greatest iPhones, though none of them have nailed down pricing. Apple announced $299 on a two-year plan for the 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus, and $199 on contract for the 16 GB iPhone 6, and it's safe to assume the Canadian carriers will stay in line with that. So which carrier should you go with? We've chewed through the plans and coverage, and here's what we've found!

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T-Mobile announces pricing information for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

T-Mobile US has announced their pricing for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Any iPhone 6 you purchase from T-Mobile will have a monthly payment of $27.08 in addition to your service fee. The iPhone 6 Plus you buy will cost $31.24 per month for the 16GB version and $31.25 per month for the 64GB and 128GB versions.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to miss out on some T-Mobile network improvements

Despite improvements to their LTE coverage, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are missing support for a new LTE band that T-Mobile is deploying. That means that some T-Mobile customers in the United States who buy the new phone won't benefit from improvements that their carrier is making to the network.

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T-Mobile Uncarrier 7 joins the mile-high club and takes texting to the skies

At T-Mobile's Un-carrier event today in San Francisco the company announced a new partnership with Gogo. As you know, Gogo is one of the world's leading in-flight connectivity services. The new partnership with T-Mobile will allow customers to text for free.

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VoLTE, WiFi calling, and WiFi texting part of T-Mobile's Un-Carrier 7

T-Mobile has just announced their Un-carrier 7 initiative. The theme for this one this go around is 'Wi-Fi Un-Leashed" and will see T-Mobile making some new waves with Wi-Fi. Look forward to Wi-Fi calling and texting for all customers on T-Mobile.

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Sprint announces iPhone-for-Life plans with new iPhone rental model

Sprint's freshman CEO Marcelo Claure is leveraging Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcements today as a chance to differentiate its network from larger rivals. Claure announced that the Now Network will offer an iPhone rental program where customers rent, rather than own, and can trade up their iPhone every two years for a new model along with a new iPhone-only service plan.

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Sprint offers its own smartphone trade-in program that will 'meet or beat' competitors

Sprint has fired back at T-Mobile with its own smartphone buyback program, claiming that "it will meet or beat all competitors' pricing to ensure the best trade-in values." That includes instant store credit and up to $300 towards a new phone purchase or account credit.

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Vodafone doubling bundled entertainment on its Red 4G plans

Vodafone has today announced the UK mobile operator will be packing more entertainment into Red 4G plans for a limited time. Between September 12 and November 3, customers who sign up to 4G with Vodafone will be able to enjoy Netflix for 6 months and Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium at no extra cost. As well as the bundled entertainment options, Vodafone will offer unlimited 4G data for the first three months.

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T-Mobile guarantees the best trade-in price on your used iPad and iPhone

T-Mobile today announced the US carrier will be guaranteeing the best trade-in prices for customers looking to upgrade their iPhone and/or iPad. The company aims to best AT&T, Sprint and Verizon by offering $50, as well as the difference back, if consumers find a better deal elsewhere. It's for a limited time only and kicks off on September 17. T-Mobile will monitor the market and adjust trade-in prices accordingly.

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