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Ting Mobile replaces pay-as-you-go model with simpler plans following Dish acquisition

Ting Mobile replaces pay-as-you-go model with simpler plans following Dish acquisition

Ting Mobile's main draw over the years has been its customizable pricing, where you only pay for the calls, texts, and data you actually use. That resulted in lower prices for people who didn't use much cellular data, but Google Fi, Visible, other MVNOs have put up more of a fight recently. Under new leadership by Dish, Ting today announced that its pay-as-you-go scheme is being replaced with more traditional plans.

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AT&T is scaring customers into buying new phones with a misleading email

AT&T is scaring customers into buying new phones with a misleading email

Amid an economy-crushing pandemic, AT&T decided that now was a good time to send a scaremongering email to many of its customers, claiming that their phone "is not compatible with the new network and you need to replace it to continue receiving service." The email conveniently omits that this message is regarding a change that won't take place until February 2022, providing only a link that later calls out this change linked to the decommissioning of AT&T's legacy 3G network.

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HMD, maker of Nokia phones, introduces a global data-roaming SIM card (Updated)

HMD, maker of Nokia phones, introduces a global data-roaming SIM card (Updated)

HMD Global is the manufacturer behind the Nokia brand revival and has created a plethora of well-received Android smartphones ever since that Windows Phone bet didn't work out. With Nokia re-established, the company seems to be searching for the next frontier, and it looks like it wants to start an additional business as a mobile operator. An "HMD Connect" app has silently appeared on the Play Store, and judging from the description and the listing's images, the Finnish company wants to focus its effort on providing data-only plans to those who travel a lot internationally.

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Virgin Mobile customers will be moved to Boost Mobile, in anticipation of T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Virgin Mobile customers will be moved to Boost Mobile, in anticipation of T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Virgin Mobile is one of the smallest network carriers in the United States. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprint, the MVNO has been on the decline for years, and now the brand is set to cease operation as early as next month.

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LG Stylo 5+ goes on sale at AT&T with upgraded front-facing camera

LG Stylo 5+ goes on sale at AT&T with upgraded front-facing camera

If you're on the lookout for a stylus-toting smartphone, the Galaxy Note series has traditionally been your only option. Unfortunately, these cost a pretty penny (except for the Note 3 Neo which Samsung sold for a hot minute), so customers on a budget were left out. LG has targetted the Note customer on a budget with the LG Stylo 5, and AT&T just announced its own variant, the Stylo 5+.

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Pixel 4 may finally pick up official AT&T carrier support

Pixel 4 may finally pick up official AT&T carrier support

Over the years, U.S. carriers have steadily taken greater interest in the Pixel series. The first Made by Google phone launched as a Verizon exclusive in 2016, followed up by Sprint and T-Mobile penning their own deals in early 2019 with the Pixel 3. Now there are rumors that AT&T is finally ready to offer Google's incoming Pixel 4.

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How to save up to $600 on your Galaxy Note10 or Note10+: The best pre-order deals

How to save up to $600 on your Galaxy Note10 or Note10+: The best pre-order deals

Samsung's Galaxy Note10, Note10+, and Note10+ 5G are all official. Following that long and leaky wait, you can now pre-order the latest stylus-equipped Note series flagship. And whether you're already locked into a specific carrier, or hoping to shop around for a deal, you can save quite a bit of cash taking advantage of the right pre-order promotions.

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AT&T faces lawsuit over bogus ‘administrative fee’ hiding in its service plans

AT&T faces lawsuit over bogus ‘administrative fee’ hiding in its service plans

AT&T recently made the headlines for some misleading business concerning its 5G network — in essence, it added a 5GE indicator on devices that don't actually support 5G. Even a lawsuit from Sprint couldn't stop the company. Now, another complaint is on its way to the carrier, this time from its customers. They are accusing AT&T of charging a monthly $1.99 "bogus Administrative Fee" that it doesn't properly disclose in its rates.

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T-Mobile and Sprint might have to create spinoff carrier to get merger approved

T-Mobile and Sprint might have to create spinoff carrier to get merger approved

T-Mobile and Sprint still haven't sealed the deal on a possible merger, though not for a lack of trying — approval from government regulators is the last major hurdle. T-Mobile has already promised not to raise prices for a few years if the deal is approved, but the U.S. Justice Department reportedly still isn't on board. Supposedly, the Justice Department wants the combined T-Mobile/Sprint to create a new fourth carrier, with its own dedicated network.

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T-Mobile's John Legere promises no rate-hikes for at least three years if the Sprint merger is approved

T-Mobile's John Legere promises no rate-hikes for at least three years if the Sprint merger is approved

The road to merging two large carriers isn't an easy one. For Sprint and T-Mobile to merge into "New T-Mobile," a lot of hearts need to be won over. In October 2018, company shareholders approved the merger and in December, "Team Telecom" and the Committee on Foreign Investments green-lighted it too. The next two hurdles to cross are clearances from the Department of Justice and FCC. Yesterday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere penned a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking for approval. In this, he promised to keep rates "the same or less" than the current plans by T-Mobile and Sprint, for at least three years.

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