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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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Buy one iPhone from T-Mobile, get half off a second

Should your family be in need of a pair of new phones from T-Mobile, you'll want to check out its latest promotion which scores you 50 percent off a phone when buying a second one. Only select phones are included in the promotion.

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AT&T reports Q4 2015 earnings: $42.1 billion in revenue, adds 2.8 million wireless customers

AT&T has reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015, noting a sizable bump in revenues to $42.1 billion along with 2.8 million net wireless adds.

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Sprint comes close to profit in Q3 2015, continues to attract more customers

Sprint has published the company's financial earnings report for Q3 2015. The major U.S. carrier made an operating loss of $197 million, which is a substantial improvement over Q2's $585 million in the red. The company also added the highest number of customers in three years.

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Verizon publishes strong report for Q4, adds 1.5 million new postpaid lines

U.S. carrier Verizon released the network's financial report for Q4, showing some solid performance and higher-than-expected earnings. The company brought in $34.25 billion in revenue, which is slightly higher than the previous quarter of $33.2 billion, and a further 1.5 million new postpaid customers were signed up.

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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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