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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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New AT&T ad shows how you can get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $0 down

AT&T has released an advert to entice customers into grabbing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on monthly plans with no down payment required. This means you'll be able to walk away with the new iPhone and not have to part with a down payment, but it does lock you into a 30-month contract with AT&T, starting from $21.67 a month for the iPhone 6 and $25 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Sprint to reduce monthly data access charge for some Family Share plans

Sprint will reduce the data access charge for its $80 and $90 Sprint Family Share plans to $15 a month beginning on Friday, November 14 in their latest attempt to undercut the pricing plans of its competitors.

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AT&T ditches plans for in-flight 4G LTE connectivity

AT&T announced that it will be abandoning plans to bring in-flight wireless connectivity. The carrier will not be bringing its 4G LTE service to the skies as previously planned through an air-to-ground-based service for domestic flights, citing that in-flight connectivity is too risky of an investment.

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AT&T to expand North American coverage area with Mexico carrier Iusacell acquisition

AT&T announced that it would be acquiring Mexico wireless carrier Iusacell to create a North American Mobile Service area covering 400 million customers and businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. The deal will bring 8.5 million Iusacell subscribers under AT&T's umbrella. AT&T credits recent reforms in Mexico made under Prsident Pena Nieto for the deal.

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Rogers introduces new roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers is introducing a new international roaming plan for those customers traveling to the United States. The Roam Like Home plan allows Rogers customers to access their Share Everything minutes, text, and data while in the United States for $5 per day.

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EE launches its new set-top box for the connected home

EE TV has just launched in the UK and is now available throughout the country at the mobile operator's stores. The company announced the new set-top box last month, which enables consumers to enjoy over 70 Freeview channels, catch-up and on-demand services, as well as DVR functionality to make good use of the 1TB hard drive.

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AT&T's Next 24 plan gives customers 30 months to pay off their iPhone

AT&T will give its customers an even longer amount of time to pay for their new smartphones with $0 down. The newly unveiled Next 24 plan will allow those folks to take 30 months to pay for their device in monthly installments starting on November 9.

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Sprint may go un-carrier and ditch phone subsidies and contracts in 2015

In 2015, customers on Sprint's Now Network shouldn't expect to sign a two-year contract and walk out the door with a $650 iPhone for just $200. According to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, the carrier may transition from the contract and subsidy model in favor of phone leasing programs and equipment installment plans.

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Sprint reports Q2 operating loss of $192 million

Sprint has reported its second quarter 2014 financial results today. Overall the carrier is reporting an operating loss of $192 million on operating revenue of $8.5 billion. On the subscriber front, Sprint said it has added a net total of 590,000 customers. Most of these additions were through its wholesale business, however, as the company experienced a net loss of 272,000 postpaid customers while picking up a total of 35,000 prepaid customers.

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UK government may force networks to offer national roaming with new legislation

New legislation could be in the works to effectively force UK operators to offer roaming options for customers where signal is poor. The UK government continues to work with mobile carriers on a solution to address black spots and areas where signal is hard to come by. The plan is to offer said roaming support to make it possible to switch between networks to maintain service, something mobile operators previously rejected.

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