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T-Mobile adds more data to its unlimited plan before it starts throttling you

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So far, 2017 has seen more changes to cellphone plans than the last five years before. In the space of a couple of weeks, all the big carriers suddenly started offering unlimited data plans for reasonable prices. AT&T even removed its ridiculous triple-play requirement for unlimited customers, which was generous.

For T-Mobile, which started the unlimited data trend last year, it didn't seem like things could get much better. But the entry of Verizon and AT&T forced it to remove the last real restrictions on the data plan, meaning that you can use hotspot data or watch HD video.

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Chris Mills

March 11th

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Verizon is stealing Sprint’s customers with its new unlimited data plan

Verizon vs Sprint

Verizon began 2017 by blindsiding everyone with a new unlimited data plan. I say "blindside," because a year ago yesterday, Verizon's CFO told us all that "the unlimited model does not work."

If unlimited data doesn't work, someone's going to have to explain to me how Verizon is stealing all of Sprint's customers all of a sudden.

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Chris Mills

March 10th

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T-Mobile quietly increases the ‘ridiculous activation fee’ for every new line

T-Mobile sim vs Verizon

John Legere has literally made a career by bashing other wireless carriers for "ridiculous" activation fees, "bullshit" extra add-ons, and "absurd" pricing schemes.

So it's a little awkward that T-Mobile has very quietly increased the cost of its "SIM Starter Kit" -- that's an activation fee, let's be clear -- to $25. That's the second increase in a year, and means that over the last 365 days, the price of adding an extra line to T-Mobile has increased by $10 for no discernible reason.

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Chris Mills

March 1st

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Google’s Pixel XL works much better on Verizon than T-Mobile for one weird reason

Pixel XL vs S7 Edge

It's 2017, which means we're long past the days when your phone should lock you in to one particular carrier. Unfortunately, Google doesn't seem to agree.

A new report from Cellular Insights takes a deep dive into how the Google Pixel XL performs on different networks. According to their testing, 3x Carrier Aggregation -- a feature that combines different LTE bands for blazing-fast speeds -- doesn't work on T-Mobile, but does on Verizon.

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Chris Mills

February 24th

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Understanding which wireless network is actually the best

Best wireless network 2017

Every year, a bunch of different studies come out that crown a winner, the "best network" in the USA. Each study claims to use the best, most scientific methodology to give "unrivaled accuracy" or "undisputed results," or something else equally quotable.

But if the studies are so good, why do they give such different results? Take a study published today by RootMetrics, which has Verizon in first place and T-Mobile in last. That's in stark contrast to a study last month from OpenSignal, which had T-Mobile and Verizon tied for first and Sprint languishing in last place.

The reason for the difference is that measuring cellphone networks is hard. We're talking about trying to quantify a network that stretches across the entire country, works on tens of thousands of different devices and in all kinds of terrain. Trying to measure that, assign each of the big four wireless networks an easy-to-understand score and publish results in a 300-word blog post is basically impossible.

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Chris Mills

February 23rd

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Understanding which wireless network is actually the best

Best wireless network 2017

Every year, a bunch of different studies come out that crown a winner, the "best network" in the USA. Each study claims to use the best, most scientific methodology to give "unrivaled accuracy" or "undisputed results," or something else equally quotable.

But if the studies are so good, why do they give such different results? Take a study published today by RootMetrics, which has Verizon in first place and T-Mobile in last. That's in stark contrast to a study last month from OpenSignal, which had T-Mobile and Verizon tied for first and Sprint languishing in last place.

The reason for the difference is that measuring cellphone networks is hard. We're talking about trying to quantify a network that stretches across the entire country, works on tens of thousands of different devices and in all kinds of terrain. Trying to measure that, assign each of the big four wireless networks an easy-to-understand score and publish results in a 300-word blog post is basically impossible.

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Chris Mills

February 23rd

Mobile

Verizon just swept every RootMetrics award category that matters

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Every wireless carrier is constantly ranting about how they are the best of the best — except for Sprint, which has recently adopted an "everyone's great!" philosophy — but when it comes to network testing there can be only one winner. RootMetrics just released its report rounding up all the facts and figures regarding the second half of 2016, along with the subsequent rankings of the top four major wireless companies in the United States. The results might not shock you. In fact, they probably won't. 

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Mike Wehner

February 23rd

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Sprint improves its unlimited data plan to play with the big boys

Sprint unlimited data vs T-Mobile

Earlier this week, Verizon announced an all-new unlimited data plan that included HD video streaming and mobile tethering. Not to be outdone, T-Mobile followed suite and added those features to its flagship unlimited plan. Today, Sprint announced that it's adding HD video streaming and mobile hotspot to its unlimited data plan, which I am sure is a total coincidence and in no way an attempt to keep up with the competition.

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Chris Mills

February 16th

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New Yahoo hack: Hackers didn’t even need your password to breach your account

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Yahoo was hacked. Yes, again. Or better said, your Yahoo account may have been breached by hackers. This is the third time in a matter of months that Yahoo disclosed a massive security breach. It’s unclear how many users were affected, but what’s remarkable about this new attack is that hackers were able to access accounts without needing the user’s password. That means simply changing your Yahoo password might not be enough to protect you from malicious individuals.

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Chris Smith

February 16th

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T-Mobile just fixed the worst problem with its unlimited plans

T-Mobile unlimited plan review

T-Mobile has always had a love-hate relationship with HD video streaming. Even if you pay for a plan that includes unlimited HD video streaming, you're forced to enable an HD video "pass" every 24 hours to actually access the higher-quality streams.

The idea was designed so that people wouldn't leave HD streaming on by accident and then choke T-Mobile's network when they didn't need to. But it turned into a giant pain point for T-Mobile's customers, some of whom resorted to creating a bot that would spam T-Mobile's customer service every 24 hours to turn HD streaming back on.

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Chris Mills

February 14th

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