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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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T-Mobile removes employer discounts from Simple Choice plans

Tomorrow might be April 1st, but T-Mobile's not joking around with their latest move: they're scrapping employer rate plans discounts. Gone is the supposed complexity that came with wondering what kind of discount you might get with your Simple Choice plan based on where you work, replaced instead with a T-Mobile gift card worth $25 when your purchase a new device… based on where you work. It's simpler than trying to figure out if it's 15% or 5% or 2.8% that you'll get off of your bill.

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Best iPhone carrier in 2014

There was a time when major U.S. carrier — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — plans and rates were constant. We'd constantly pay too much and they'd constantly give us okay to terrible service in return. But now the constant is changing. Whether it's a reflection of the maturing smartphone market or simply the results of one carrier going rogue is arguable. What's not arguably is that a lot has happened changed from when we last compared carriers back when the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launched in September of 2013. That means we have to take another look at what the Big Four offer, and help you figure out how to get the best bang for your buck.

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T-Mobile plans to complete 4G LTE transition by mid-2015

It was one year ago that T-Mobile USA began to transition its mobile phone network to LTE. Now the company has announced a major network transition as it continues that effort by upgrading its older, slower 2G/EDGE network with 4G LTE coverage as well. T-Mobile expects to be 50 percent complete with that transition by the end of 2014, with the the program expected to be "substantially complete" by the middle of next year.

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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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