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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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Verizon shares plans for LTE Advanced in 2015

Verizon's Mike Haberman today detailed a number of improvements coming to the carrier's LTE network next year. In short, the carrier in red will be rolling out carrier aggregation, adding more coverage for VoLTE, and continuing to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE.

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Verizon begins testing 4G LTE on 3G spectrum

After having announced that it would repurpose portions of its 3G spectrum to operate the faster 4G LTE protocol sometime in 2015, it looks like the Verizon has begun the conversion process and is testing these plans in select markets. Verizon would not give specifics about the test markets right now, but it is reported that Verizon is at least starting its trial of operating LTE on some of its 3G spectrum in New York.

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Sprint's 'Cut Your Bill in Half' promo results in only 20 percent savings

After announcing a promotion Tuesday that would cut the bills of AT&T's and Verizon's customers in half if they switch to Sprint, the wireless carrier admitted that the net savings is only closer to 20 percent rather than the 50 percent that it is marketing. When customers on the two larger rival carriers switch, they would still have to pay for a new phone or lease one, costs that are not calculated in the promotion.

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Sprint offers to cut AT&T and Verizon customers' bills in half

Sprint has fired its latest salvo against AT&T and Verizon Wireless. It is offering to chop the bill prices for customers of both carriers by half in a new promotion that begins on Friday, December 5.

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For one day only, T-Mobile will offer free memory upgrades on new iPhone purchases

T-Mobile has just announced the US carrier will be offering free memory upgrades for the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on Cyber Monday. This means that 64GB iPhone you always wanted just got that much more affordable. The deal is only valid while stocks last so be sure to check with your local store for more details.

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Get apps, movies and more for free via Verizon's Connection Day promotion

Verizon is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by giving away a host of digital content today, which the carrier is calling Connection Day. Starting today, all users, regardless of wireless carrier, will be able to access free content from iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Conde Nast, Boingo and more, courtesy of Verizon.

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T-Mobile agrees to display correct speed test results for throttled customers

T-Mobile took a big step forward today in the realm of transparency over customer data allotments and throttling. A statement released by the FCC indicates that T-Mobile will begin providing a link to a speed test that will provide accurate results for users who have already been throttled for the month, rather than displaying potential network speeds as it currently does. In addition, the magenta carrier said it would be clearer about data throttling in its text alerts once users have gone over their high speed data cap for the month.

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T-Mobile Music Freedom adds 14 more services to free streaming

T-Mobile has added 14 more Internet audio streaming services to its Music Freedom program, which allows customers to stream as much as they want from those companies without having it count against their data package.

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BT in early talks to purchase O2 or EE

According to reports, British Telecom is in early talks with Telefonica to purchase O2, the same mobile operator it released back in 2001. Not only has BT set its sights on O2, but the UK's largest network EE has also been offered in a separate deal.

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Sprint's offering a serious discount on an iPhone 6 for loyal customers

Sprint is offering their loyal customers some fairly substantial discounts for the holidays, including discounted device leasing, free service, and accessory discounts. Of course, it's Sprint defining "loyal" here, though customers that have been deemed worthy of the title have started receiving emails about the offers. Here's what Sprint's offering…

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