T-Mobile’s new promotion lets you recoup half the cost of an unlocked Pixel


Buying an unlocked Google Pixel or Pixel XL isn’t as cheap as it was to buy the Nexus handsets of yesteryear, but T-Mobile reckons┬áthat they’ve come up with a great offer for owners of unlocked Pixel handsets. If you’ve bought an unlocked Pixel or Pixel XL, then T-Mobile will give you half the purchase price back if you sign up to its ONE Plan. Naturally, it isn’t quite as cut and dried as that, so join us after the break for more details. Read more

AT&T Project Hemisphere used to spy on citizens


In newly reviewed documents, several parties looking into AT&T’s operation of Project Hemisphere have determined the communications carrier is undertaking surveillance on American citizens that far exceeds what the NSA did pursuant to the Patriot Act. On top of the potentially intrusive nature of the program, AT&T has turned it into a profit center so that they earn revenue in exchange for running the program and secretly providing information to American law enforcement agencies. Read more

Verizon will offer unlimited data sessions with PopData


Verizon is bringing back unlimited data to its customers!*

There’s a big asterisk, though; the new feature is called PopData, and it will allow you to pay for a short session of truly unlimited data on your phone line. It’s not a monthly plan, but rather a prepaid feature that you can start when you need it to download huge files over Verizon’s blazing fast LTE network. Read more

New study says Verizon and AT&T make over $600 million in overage fees annually


One of T-Mobile’s early Uncarrier moves, and a point that John Legere continues to raise with regard to his competition, was to do away with overage charges for customers. Instead of charging customers extra when they exceed their purchased data limit, T-Mobile users see their speeds throttled to a slower rate. Sprint followed soon after and this past summer both Verizon and AT&T rolled out new plans that let users avoid overage charges in exchange for throttled speeds. A new study looked at both how lucrative the old plans were for carriers and whether it makes sense for users to switch. Read more

Verizon to update Pixel phones at same time as Google


For better or for worse, Google struck a deal with Verizon for the carrier to be the “exclusive” carrier for new Pixel phones. As many have noted, besides the confusion the Verizon marketing is creating, the potential for delayed system updates is a concern for some potential buyers. After an initial statement from Verizon indicating they were going to handle system updates for Pixels sold through the carrier, Verizon has clarified that this will not cause any delays for system updates on their carrier sold devices. Read more