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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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AT&T: Government may need warrant to obtain location data

AT&T has joined the growing legal conversation around the privacy of location data, stating that federal investigators might be required to obtain a warrant before gathering such data in the future, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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AT&T's latest Mobile Share promo gives you 15 GB for the price of 10 GB

Starting tomorrow, November 18, AT&T will be running a limited-time promotion to bring more data to its 10 GB Mobile Share plan. For the same price that you would be paying on the 10 GB Mobile Share package, which comes with unlimited talk and text, AT&T will throw in an extra 5 GB bringing the shareable data bucket to 15 GB.

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Verizon's new contract terms make it more expensive to defect early

Verizon Wireless has updated its terms of service, which could increase the amount you're paying in early termination fees, or ETF, depending on when you wish to defect and leave the carrier. According to the new terms, if you sign a new two-year contract with Verizon and decide to leave towards the beginning of the contract term, you'll be out more money as your early termination fees do not see any reductions until eight months into your contract.

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Sprint will now let you lease an iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3

Sprint customers looking to get some iPad action can now do so easier than ever before. Through their exclusive iPad for Life Plan, Sprint is offering customers the option to lease a new iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 starting at $20/month and $17/month respectively with no out-of-pocket costs up front. The lease runs for 24 months, at which time users will have the option to continue leasing, purchase the tablet, lease a new tablet, or terminate the contract.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3: What US carrier should you choose?

The cellular models of the iPad AIr 2 and the iPad mini 3 come ready to work on most of the major wireless networks. Thanks to the Apple SIM, you can even setup AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — and switch between Sprint and T-Mobile — right on your iPad. (Verizon requires its own specific model and SIM.) If you're trying to decide which carrier is right for you, there are several factors you'll need to consider, including coverage, cost, and quality.

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AT&T gives $50 credit if you upgrade your iPhone at Apple and use Next

AT&T is quietly running a Next upgrade promotion that will reward existing customers with a $50 bill credit when they trade up to a new iPhone at an Apple retail store or through Apple's online sales channels. Customers can now finance the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus through AT&T Next 12 or AT&T Next 18 plans and receive a $50 credit on their wireless bills.

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Sprint could be in talks to buy FreedomPop

A new report claims that Sprint is among the many companies that might be thinking about acquiring FreedomPop, the wireless carrier that offers a number of voice minutes and data for free each month to US customers.

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Verizon offers deals on digital content with Connection Day

In an attempt to get you to sign up for their service, Verizon has introduced Connection Day, a day of digital giveaways for people visiting Verizon stores. Taking place on November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Connection Day will see Verizon give away music, apps, movies, and more from participating companies like Amazon, Apple, and Pandora.

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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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