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

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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 that 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.

AT&T Project Hemisphere used to spy on citizens

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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.

Verizon will offer unlimited data sessions with PopData

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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.

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

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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.

Verizon to update Pixel phones at same time as Google

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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.

Sprint is bringing its services to low-income U.S. students

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Although the U.S. carriers are embroiled in a battle for supremacy in the wireless industry, today Sprint is taking a moment to focus on a group that could really use its services to improve their future.

The 1Million Project is an initiative that aims to give low-income families with high school students access to the internet at home. Sprint hopes to tighten and eliminate the “Homework Gap” in which students from low-income families struggle to keep up because they don’t have access at home to devices with an internet connection.

It’s official: The Galaxy Note 7 has been permanently discontinued by Samsung

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So, in the two months since launching to rave reviews, the Galaxy Note 7 has moved from being the hottest phone on the planet, to well, literally being the hottest phone on the planet and getting a pink slip. It would be a vast understatement to say that it’s been quite a wild ride for the latest (last?) edition of the Galaxy Note series, culminating with Samsung bowing to pressure to cancel the Galaxy Note 7 once and for all from carriers, regulatory groups, and the fear of lasting damage to its brand. After a recall and replacement program still couldn’t fix the issue of the handset burning up, the Korean electronics giant really had no other choice but to cancel the Galaxy Note 7 in its entirety. If you are in possession of a Galaxy Note 7, you are advised to return the handset to where you purchased it from so you can receive a full refund or a different handset. Join us after the break for a timeline of how the Galaxy Note 7 went from hero to zero.