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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 iPhone 5 users can now take their device to Ting, will you be making the switch?

While it's later than originally reported, customers using a Sprint-compatible iPhone 5 can now take their phone over to Mobile Virtual Network Operator Ting. You can either bring your existing device, or buy an unlocked iPhone 5 that works with Sprint's network.

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Audi announces its AT&T 4G LTE pricing, but is CarPlay a better option?

Audi has announced its 4G LTE deal with AT&T to put high speed mobile data in your car, and it isn't cheap! The first model to get it built in is the new 2015 A3, and the good news is that it's a standard option and everyone gets a free six-month trial first. After that the costs roll in, but with CarPlay now being an actual thing, is it a better all round option?

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T-Mobile's free data roaming put to the test — is it good enough to get you by?

T-Mobile is currently providing 200MB of 2G EDGE data free for customers who travel — and roam — internationally. Yes, 200MB isn't much in our multi-GB world and EDGE is barely a trickle compared to the flood that is LTE. But, free. That means no costly data roaming plan or inconvenient SIM switching. Yet for some people the frustration that comes from low limits and slow speeds will more than outweigh any cost savings or convenience benefits. So, how do you know? Well, in our case we sent Phil Nickinson all the way to Spain to find out.

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T-Mobile 'doubles down' on Simple Choice with more LTE data tethering, unlimited international texting

T-Mobile U.S. is continuing to zag instead of zig with their hyperbolic "uncarrier" strategy and this time they seem to be following the motto of more is more — they're giving more LTE data tethering, and unlimited international texting to anyone on their Simple Choice plan.

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Verizon's new ALLSET pre-paid plans offer unlimited calls, texts, and 500MB data for $45/month

Pre-paid plans are becoming a more-and-more viable option these days, especially if carriers continue to make improvements like Verizon has just done with the introduction of their new "ALLSET PLANS" (no more all-caps from here on out, mkay). These new plans start at $35-a-month for basic phones, but if you're smart and opt for a smartphone, it starts at a mere $45-a-month.

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T-Mobile's aggressiveness brings in 1.65 million new customers, but also costs them $20 million in Q4

The old adage goes that you have to spend money to make money, and that's exactly what T-Mobile's been doing. Today the fourth-place US carrier reported their Q4 2013 earnings and the results were mixed. While they added 1.65 million new customers — good for the long haul — the hyper-aggressive marketing and incentives resulted in a quarterly loss of $20 million. Granted, that's on revenue of $6.8 billion for the quarter, an increase of 39% from this time last year. But a loss is a loss.

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Comcast/Netflix: Fearing the end to net-neutrality... or just a price hike?

Over the weekend Comcast announced a "mutually beneficial interconnection arrangement" with Netflix that should improve the quality of Netflix streaming for Comcast customers. While it's raised alarms, it's also provoked a few article writers to declare this another nail in the coffin for net neutrality. As usual, the truth is much more complicated.

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Why your Netflix streaming stinks, and who's going to pay to fix it

Wondering why you've had increasing problems with Netflix movies buffering or failing to load? There's little question anymore than your ISP is to blame. Are they justified in holding back that network traffic? Getting the problem fixed is a question of who's going to foot the bill.

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Is Rogers Next worth it?

Today Rogers announced a new program called Next which aims to win over early adopters that want a new phone every year. You’re essentially leasing your phone for $25 or $30/month, depending on if you want to have device insurance. You don’t pay any initial cost on your upgrade including activation or remaining device balance, you hand over your old device, and you get a new phone for $0-down that normally costs up to $250 on a two-year plan. Sounds like a good deal, right? Let’s run through the details to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

First, some background. This structure isn't entirely new in the grand scheme of mobile. TELUS has something similar called T-Up specifically for iPhone which only charges $9/month, but doesn't pay for your next device, just forgives your current device balance when you're ready to upgrade after a year. In the U.S., AT&T also has something called Next, T-Mobile has Jump, and Verizon has Edge. They're all a little different, but from the looks of things, T-Mobile screws people the least. Oh, and the Americans can do it every six months rather than once a year.

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T-Mobile makes it easier to travel with your connected devices...in the U.S. and Canada

T-Mobile US has announced eSIM, a way to eliminate roaming charges across the U.S. and Canada with respect to machine-to-machine connections. Machine-to-Machine, also known as M2M or the Internet of Things, covers devices like smartwatches, fitness bands, and more that connect to your device in order to get data from the internet.

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