How to recover data off of your microSD card: a valuable lesson in backups

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If you have important or sensitive data on the microSD card of your smartphone or tablet, it’s important to make sure that data is backed up immediately. You could store it in the cloud or on another device without paying a dime.

If it’s too late for that, there are still a few things you can do to try and recover the data off of your microSD card. Keep in mind that nothing is a guarantee when a microSD card malfunctions, has physical damage or can’t be read by the computer. It’s quite possible that critical components for the microSD to work have stopped functioning.

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How to backup your data on a smartphone or tablet

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In our technological age, losing data is a fact of life. Technology fails, files get corrupted, and sometimes we inadvertently delete our own data. It happens. The good news is that there are precautions you can take to make sure you never permanently lose data again, whether it be creating backups on a microSD card, another device or even in the cloud.

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Verizon awards 1GB bonus data to prepaid customers who opt for auto pay

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Verizon has announced that they are launching a special bonus for prepaid customers to entice them to enroll in auto pay. Verizon is providing an additional 1GB of data to customers who sign up for auto pay. The additional block of data will be available after the first successful auto pay is made and according to Verizon will continue on a monthly basis as long as the customer stays enrolled. Verizon has extended the offer to their current customers who are already enrolled in auto pay.

Verizon offers a couple prepaid plans. For $45 per month users can get 1 GB of data, so this new offer will double the amount of data they have available. Users could also get a 2.5 GB per month plan for $60 and with this latest bonus, they would have access to 3.5 GB of data per month.

If you are a Verizon prepaid customer or may be thinking about signing up, hit the source link for more information on this latest deal and how to get a prepaid plan.

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T-Mobile makes “Simply Prepaid” program available to prepaid customers at low costs

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T-Mobile has continued to offer competitive deals to prepaid customers, luring them away from other carriers. Today, the company unveiled a “Simply Prepaid” program that is sure to keep the trend going.

The plan offers unlimited¬†talk and text, and as much 4G LTE data as you’re willing to pay for, with plans starting as low as $40/month:

  • $40 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 1GB of 4G LTE
  • $50 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 3GB of 4G LTE
  • $60 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 5GB of 4G LTE

Those on the plan will also be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling at no extra charge. Hit the break for the full press release from T-Mobile.

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Sprint and Verizon jump on the double data promotion bandwagon to compete with AT&T

verizon sprint logoTo match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free until the end of the month. Sprint and Verizon are taking a similar path.

If you are a Sprint customer on the 32, 40, or 60 GB shared data package, the carrier will give you 60, 80, or 120 GB, respectively. The 32 isn’t quite doubled, but it’s close enough to count. The plans still come with unlimited texting and calling, so if you need a ton of data on an account with multiple lines, it’s a great deal. Read more

T-Mobile ups the ante with four times more data for Simple Starter plans

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T-Mobile has announced another move in their Un-carrier strategy, this time to expand the amount of data available to customers on an entry level Simple Starter plan. A Simple Starter plan comes with unlimited talk and text and 500 MB of LTE data for $40 per month. For only $5 more per month, customers can quadruple available data to 2 GB per month. This new deal will be available starting September 3rd, still with no service contract required. Read more

T-Mobile to begin throttling heavy p2p and file sharing users on its LTE network

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Data throttling has been a topic lately, and it looks like T-Mobile isn’t excluded. According to an internal memo, the carrier is planning on throttling the data speeds of a specific set of users on its network. Fortunately, they aren’t taking Verizon’s approach to try and force people off of older plans, but depending on what you do with your phone, you might be affected.

T-Mobile is planning on going after users that either engage in high data usage activities, like p2p file sharing, or tethering outside of the terms and conditions of their service. So if you’re downloading movie torrents on T-Mobile’s LTE network or tethering your phone without paying for the hotspot features on your plan, you can expect to start seeing some slower data speeds. The throttling is only going to affect customers on the $70 unlimited or $80 Simple Choice plans, since the newer plans already have throttling caps in place anyway. Read more

AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan

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AT&T’s pre-paid plan, GoPhone, will expand its offering to a bunch of new tablets. So if you’ve got one of the below tablets (or are planning on purchasing one) then you can buy data time on the GoPhone service monthly. Hit the break for the full list of compatible tablets.

Once you have the tablet you’ll also have to buy a GoPhone SIM Kit card for $9.99. Then you can pre-pay for your tablet’s data plan on AT&T. The plans are as follows:

1. 250MB for $15/month – 100MB of additional data costs $10 each
2. 3GB for $30/month – 500MB of additional data costs $10 each
3. 5GB  for $50/month Р1GB of additional data costs $10 each

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AT&T alters GoPhone plans by providing more data and free tethering

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Good news for AT&T GoPhone plans customers as the company has now announced that starting from April 25, the new GoPhone plans will now provide more data and free WiFi tethering, all at no extra cost.

The changes to the plan includes an increased mobile data from 2 to 2.5 GB with free WiFi tethering and unlimited talk at $60 per month. In addition, GoPhone plan with 250 MB data is now increased to 500 MB and costs $40 per month along with free 500 minutes of talk. And lastly, a new plan with 1 GB of data and unlimited talk for $45 per month is now available at most Wal-Mart stores globally. Read more