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T-Mobile testing new pre-paid brand called GoSmart

It's been a big couple of days for T-Mobile. Yesterday, the carrier announced that it will stop offering subsidies on new devices next year - something that could end up having a ripple effect throughout the industry if it succeeds - and now it has confirmed to Fierce Wireless that it has a new pre-paid brand called GoSmart Mobile in the testing stages. Provided this test works out well, T-Mobile may look to take GoSmart nationwide in 2013.

Verizon celebrates two year anniversary of 4G LTE launch

Mobile technologies advance at a pretty alarming rate, with some of them becoming more popular than others as time goes. One of the technologies that seems to have stuck is 4G LTE, with carriers racing to expand their 4G LTE networks to get an edge on the competition. One of the carriers that has been pushing for 4G LTE the hardest is Verizon, and today it's celebrating the two year anniversary of its 4G LTE launch.

AT&T hits 4G LTE deployment plan for 2012 early

Verizon may be rolling out its 4G LTE network at an alarming rate, but today AT&T is showing us that it can play ball too. The company announced today that it doubled the size of its 4G LTE network during 2012, and the year isn't over yet. AT&T will continue rolling out 4G LTE through the end of the year and into 2013, so AT&T customers are only going to see their coverage get better.

Verizon lists locations getting 4G LTE November 15

Areas in the Midwest and western United States are about to get a big 4G LTE boost from Verizon. The company posted a bunch of releases to its News Center yesterday and today that detail all of the new markets Verizon's 4G LTE will soon be available in. When we say "soon," we mean it too - Verizon 4G LTE will be available in all of the markets listed after the break on November 15, just two days from now.

Verizon offers Sandy victims relief by waiving phone bill – or part of it

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has been severe, for some more so than others, but either way it's a sad situation. It's nice to see parties from all sides come together for the good of this great nation, whether it be politics, or the cell phone companies teaming up. Today we just learned that Verizon pulled some strings and in a thoughtful gesture will be waiving the bill for many of their customers.

Google data centers get a Street View virtual tour

Have you ever wanted to see inside one of the many data centers owned and operated by Google? Well today you'll get the chance to do just that. Google has opened the virtual doors and is allowing the world an inside look at "where the internet lives" with a virtual tour of multiple data centers across the globe. You even can roam the halls with Street View.

FreedomPop’s free data service launches in “beta”

FreedomPop, the wireless data service that promises free 4G access, launched in a "public beta" of sorts today. FreedomPop users can access Clearwire Corporation's 4G WiMAX networks free of monthly charges and contracts, but there a couple of catches. First, the service isn't free right off the bat, as you'll need to buy either a USB router for $49 or a mobile hotspot for $89 from FreedomPop. Once you've purchased your peripheral of choice and are prepared to connect to the Internet, you'll be ready to take advantage of the free 500MB of data per month that FreedomPop has on offer.

Verizon CFO: “Unlimited is just a word”

Hot on the heels of the iPhone 5 release, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has some strong words to say. Shammo argues that unlimited data is essentially going away forever and never coming back. According to the report he said that "unlimited is just a word" and that "it doesn’t really mean anything.”

Oakland police force AT&T to disable 2G towers

Lately, the Oakland Police Department has been having some issues with its brand new $18 million radio system. Apparently, the police have discovered the cause of all this interference, and it seems that 2G cell phone towers owned by AT&T are at least partially to blame. Obviously, having police officers who can't communicate with one another or with firefighters is no good, and AT&T has been forced to partially disable 16 of its towers as result.
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