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T-Mobile ONE boosts international data speeds and lowers price of Plus add-on

T-Mobile announced some significant changes to its ONE plan recently to counter Verizon's new unlimited offer. That new plan is live today, and there are a few other small changes worth knowing about. T-Mobile's international roaming will be faster and the Plus upgrade is cheaper.

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T-Mobile trying to undercut Verizon's Unlimited plan, rolls back tethering and video throttling

Yesterday, Verizon announced they would start offering unlimited data plans again, for the first time in over five years. For $80 a month, the plan has remarkably few catches - speeds may be decreased in congested areas after 22GB, and you only get 10GB of LTE data for tethering. Now T-Mobile appears to be rushing to stay competitive, as CEO John Legere has announced changes to the T-Mobile ONE Plan on Twitter.

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Under new management, the FCC shifts its position on net neutrality and ends investigation into mobile network zero-rating

It's a great time to be an American - at least, it's a great time if you're in charge of a huge telecommunications corporation and you've been sweating some of your anti-net neutrality practices. With the election of Donald Trump and a new chairman appointed at the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC's position on zero-rating policies like T-Mobile's Binge On data services, AT&T's free access to DirecTV Now, and Verizon's free NFL game streaming, has shifted. The Commission is no longer investigating these policies for any reason, according to briefs issued by newly-appointed chairman Ajit Pai.

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Google Messenger RCS support is likely not in public testing for T-Mobile after all

Yesterday, we reported that T-Mobile was in the process of testing Google's/Jibe's RCS implementation. T-Mobile has had its own version of RCS (called Advanced Messaging) since 2015, but like most implementations of the RCS technology, it is not compatible across carriers like SMS.

T-Mobile implementing the Jibe Universal RCS Profile, which Sprint and (soon) Rogers support, would certainly be better for users than the current Advanced Messaging system. Unfortunately, there is no substantial evidence that it is happening at this point.

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RCS support in Messenger going live for some T-Mobile users

RCS, short for Rich Communication Services, has been aiming to replace SMS for years. But unlike the universal SMS standard, there are multiple RCS implementations that don't work with each other. Google has been trying to solve this, by adding RCS support to Google Messenger and working with carriers to implement Jibe's 'Universal RCS Profile.'

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T-Mobile will now return sales tax to customers who purchase a new smartphone

T-Mobile is pretty hot on saving its customers money, especially if the company can create positive PR about it (which it's pretty good at, all things being said). The latest scheme takes that dreaded word, 'taxes' and tries to at least make it tolerable by returning sales tax to you when new and existing customers buy a new smartphone.

Obviously this is a pretty big win for T-Mobile. It goes hand-in-hand with the ONE program the carrier offers, which includes taxes and other monthly fees in the price of the plan, unlike other networks who tag those fees on after the fact.

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In addition to DIRECTV NOW, T-Mobile will give AT&T customers a free year of Hulu

Back in December, T-Mobile announced AT&T customers would get a free year of DIRECTV NOW if they switched to the T-Mobile ONE plan. As DIRECTV NOW is, in the words of the press release, "a complete disaster," T-Mobile has now amended that to a free year of Hulu as well.

DIRECTV NOW looks great on paper, but quite clearly it hasn't worked out that way in practice. It's been beset by issues, including regular errors and, from the sounds of things, a generally broken service, although it is distinctly possible there is some use of exaggeration in play. Here's what T-Mobile CEO and notorious troll John Legere had to say on the subject: “It turns out DIRECTV NOW is barely watchable, but we’ve got our customers’ backs!

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The ultra-budget LG Aristo is official for T-Mobile and MetroPCS

Not everyone demands a high-end phone that costs as much as a computer. Maybe you only need a basic smartphone that'll let you poke around on the web and send some WhatsApp messages. If that's the case, there's the new LG Aristo on T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The price is low, but so are the specs.

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[Deal Alert] Buy a $100 T-Mobile Prepaid Refill Card and get a Samsung Galaxy On5 for free

If you're in the market for a new phone and want to keep the price down, Slickdeals has got a great deal for you: buy a $100 T-Mobile Prepaid Refill Card and get a Samsung Galaxy On5 for nothing.

Because it's essentially a prepaid phone, that's all you pay - then, naturally, you have to pay to refill the card once the $100 is used up (unless you don't want service). The Galaxy On5, released in late 2015, has a 5-inch (surprise surprise) display at 1280x720 resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor, 1.5GB RAM, a 5 megapixel camera (at least, T-Mobile's site says that - the normal version has an 8MP camera), and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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[Update: HTC 10 RUU] Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out to the T-Mobile HTC 10 and LG G Pad X 8.0

While everyone is busy paying attention to the happenings at CES, T-Mobile has dropped a few big OTA updates. Android 7.0 Nougat is coming to the HTC 10 and LG G Pad X 8.0. If you have one of these devices, now is the time to start mashing the update button. Okay, don't actually do that, but an update will arrive soon.

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