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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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Sprint's new international roaming plan offers unlimited 2G data for no extra charge

Sprint has launched a new international roaming plan for customers visiting Latin America, Japan, and Europe.

Sprint's new International Value Roaming will give customers unlimited 2G data and texting while in a number of Latin American and European countries, as well as Japan.

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iOS 8.3 brings support for EE's Wi-Fi calling on recent iPhone models

For those of you rocking an iPhone 5c or later on UK carrier EE's network, today's iOS 8.3 update has brought support for the carrier's recently-launched Wi-Fi calling feature.

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T-Mobile to offer up 250,000 free downloads of new Zedd single on April 8

T-Mobile announced today that it has teamed up with electronic artist Zedd to offer 250,000 free downloads of his song "I Want You to Know" to those who follow the carrier on Facebook and Twitter starting tomorrow, April 8.

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Vodafone migrates all monthly plans to 4G for boosted super speeds

Vodafone today announced that all 12- and 24-month contract plans have been moved to the 4G network, enabling you to enjoy faster speeds.

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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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