U.K.’s Three and O2 to marry

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Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, which is run by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, has announced that they will be purchasing the O2 mobile carrier from Telefonica for 10.25 billion pounds ($15.4 billion USD). Hutchison already owns the Three Mobile network in the U.K., so the merger of the two entities under one umbrella will create a new number one mobile operator in the country.

Hutchison’s announced purchase of O2 comes a few weeks after BT announced that it had entered into exclusive talks with EE, currently the largest mobile operator, to purchase the company as part of a strategy to create a company that provides fixed phone service, mobile phone service, and internet service.
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Sprint takes a shot at T-Mobile, offers $200 for T-Mobile devices on trade-in

sprint-logoSprint is offering a pretty great deal for potential customers that are willing to switch over from T-Mobile to Sprint’s network. Customers can trade in a T-Mobile device and get at least $200 for it, which should cover the price of a new phone through Sprint.

This trade-in offer can be used with Sprint’s buyout program, so Sprint will pay out up to $350 to cover terminating T-Mobile service. Using both of these offers, it’s possible to get upwards of $550 to jump over to Sprint.
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New $35 Boost Mobile plan gives unlimited talk, text and 2.5 GB of data with auto-pay

Boost-Mobile-logoBoost Mobile announced this morning new plans that don’t require a contract that are also easy on the wallet. While Boost Mobile has already been known for cheap prepaid plans that start at $35, Boost’s new $35 Data Boost plan offers 2.5GB of data on top of unlimited text and talk. The one caveat though is that if you want 2.5GB of data you’ll have to enroll in auto-pay otherwise you’ll get 1GB of data.

The new plan will be available starting on Feb. 3, and will be available to new and existing customers. For those who want more data, you can get up to 10GB of data for $55 a month, which isn’t a bad deal. We have the presser for you after the break.


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Google will sell wireless service through Sprint’s network

Google_Cell_Tower_01Just yesterday rumors started swirling about Google finally getting the mobile network market by partnering with either Sprint or T-Mobile. Less than 24 hours later, it looks like Google has closed a deal with Sprint and will soon begin offering a wireless service to compete with the other major carriers.

According to an insider, Masayoshi Son, president of Sprint’s parent company Softbank, was the key player in getting talks going between the two companies. The deal will function like most other MNVO deals, with Google paying Sprint for capacity, then Google will sell the service to customers. 
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Google will soon offer wireless service through Sprint and T-Mobile

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It has often been rumored that Google will eventually get into the wireless mobile game, and it looks like that dream will come true. As part of something codenamed Nova, Google won’t be starting their own service, but will instead opt to be an MVNO for Sprint and T-Mobile.

If you’re not familiar with what an MVNO is, it’s a mobile virtual network operator, or basically a re-seller of another carrier’s service. For example, Ting is a Sprint MVNO and Straight Talk is the same for both T-Mobile and AT&T. You can now add Google to the mix.


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FreedomPop’s unlimited WiFi hotspot plan went live today, accessible for $5 per month

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Today, FreedomPop introduced a new unlimited WiFi plan that activates almost ten million hotspots in the United States. The company is offering unlimited talk, text, and data over WiFi hotspots for $5 per month. FreedomPop wants to step in front of “high priced LTE data plans” by reducing the amount of data used on carriers’ networks.


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Verizon increases data allowance to 1 GB on $45 prepaid plans

Verizon-Wireless-logo-7893Good news for Verizon prepaid customers: the company has increased the data allowance on their prepaid plans, so now $45 will net you unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data. The plan previously offered 500 MB, so you’re getting the double the data for the same amount.

Considering you can still grab an extra 500 GB for signing up for auto-pay and you’ll get full access to Verizon’s LTE network, their prepaid network is a great option for someone who’s looking to avoid contracts. 
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T-Mobile is attracting new customers and retaining existing ones

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Earlier this month, T-Mobile recapped 2014 and proved to everyone that consumers are very much aware of the carrier’s advantages. T-Mobile does trail behind the other carrier’s in a few areas such as size, but there is one area that no one else can beat. When it comes to attracting new customers and retaining existing ones, T-Mobile is the winner. Research firm Consumer Intelligence Partners (CIRP) discovered that the amount of consumers feeling won over by T-Mobile was much greater than by Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Among the big four carriers, T-Mobile’s percentage of new customers and retained customers was unrivaled.

Via: CNET