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.
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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.
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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 – 1GB 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.
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Firefox Beta for Android gets updated to support Firefox accounts, data sync

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Mozilla’s “Firefox Accounts,” introduced earlier this year, was created to help sync all data used between the Firefox browsers on your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. This information includes passwords, browsing history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs, etc.

Now, support for Firefox Accounts has come to its Android beta app. You’ll be able to turn on the feature by tapping on the message that will appear when you open up a new tab while using the updated app for the first time.

Hit the break below for the full changelog as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.


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US Cellular tweaks their plans to add more data

uscellularFollowing Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, US Cellular is the latest carrier to tweak their plans to add more data allowances. Beginning March 13, the carrier’s $40 plan with 300MB of data will become 1GB, the $50 plan jumps from 1GB to 2GB, and the $60 plan goes from 2GB to 3GB. They will also add a new $15/300MB plan and a $60 single line plan with 1GB of data.

If you’re currently a US Cellular customer, your plan will automatically be changed to the new data amount.

Source: Fierce Wireless

 

T-Mobile takes step back from free data plan for tablets bought with no money down

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Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices.
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How to factory reset and wipe your Android device

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At some point in your Android phone or tablet’s lifetime, you’re probably going to need to perform a factory reset on the device. Whether you’re giving the device to a friend, trading it in to get a better device, or sending it off for a warranty repair, it’s handy to know how to completely wipe all of your personal information off of the device (and optionally, the SD card). In this guide, we’re going to go over how to do that complete wipe so you never have to worry about leaving personal info on a device when you no longer have it.
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Google possibly building floating, water-based data center in San Francisco Bay

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Barge BAL0010 in San Francisco is about to be the new home of what some believe is a floating data center currently being built by Google. According to some really solid CNET reporting, the tech giant is working on a revolutionary “water based data center.”

In 2009, Google actually filed for a patent for a “system [that] includes a floating platform-mounted computer data center comprising a plurality of computing units, a sea-based electrical generator in electrical connection with the plurality of computing units, and one or more sea-water cooling units for providing cooling to the…computing units.”

This project could very well fulfill that patent’s dream.


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T-Mobile now offering hotspot capabilities and domestic data roaming in “Simple Choice” prepaid plans

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If you were a prepaid customer on T-Mobile last week, the only way for you to utilize hotspot capabilities (legally) was to pay $15 a month. However, over the last few days, things have been shaken up a bit:

Starting Oct. 20, T-Mobile will give pay-in-advance customers access to domestic data roaming across the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, pay-in-advance customers that sign up for our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (i.e. tethering).  Only T-Mobile gives pay-in-advance customers data roaming AND Smartphone Mobile Hotspot at no extra charge with their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.

That’s right— free hotspots for prepaid customers, as well as some domestic data roaming. The moves are made as part of their re-branded “Simple Choice” prepaid plans seen in the picture above.

It’s great to see that prepaid customers are getting some of the features that those with regular and unlimited plans have been receiving in the past. It’s a big step forward for the company and carriers overall. Expect others to follow suit.

Source: AndroidCentral