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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.

T-Mobile launches true unlimited data plans September 5th

While most carriers are looking for a way to charge us more and milk us for every dollar, T-Mobile is here to offer something else. Today they've officially announced a truly "unlimited" 4G data plan. This means no unlimited with 5GB max in the fine print. This is truly unlimited data with no caps, throttling, or slowdowns. Well played T-Mobile! More details below.

AT&T shared mobile data plans launch August 23rd

Today AT&T has shed a little more light and details on their shared mobile data plans for everyone. Announced last month by AT&T, following Verizon's similar launch, and now today they've gave everyone a release date. Users can select to move to shared data plans starting August 23rd from AT&T.

AT&T announces shared data plans – will let you keep your unlimited data

We all knew this was coming sooner or later but today it's finally official. AT&T has announced their new shared data plans that will help broaden the choices for their wireless customers. Verizon announced similar options last month and now it's AT&T's turn. The important thing is they are taking a similar approach with their offering, yet not messing with what users currently have.

Google Maps offline coming soon to Android

Today we are hearing from Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps on what they have in store with Google Maps and the future. As the entire event gets under way we've already learned a few interesting little bits about the extremely popular Google Maps. Things like over 5 million unique miles have been drove by the Google Map cars. Today however, they just announced full offline maps coming soon to Android.

Galaxy Nexus My Verizon update adds new UI and reminds us of Data Widget

Today Verizon has just issued an update for their popular My Verizon App. The version here for my Galaxy Nexus was just updated this morning and claims to have some impressive new UI features (that I'm not seeing) but does manage to bring a new widget reminder along with it. If you've ever used My Verizon you'd know it's the easiest way to check data and minute usage, as well as pay your monthly bill.

Verizon releases official statement on Unlimited Data plans

Yesterday the Verizon customers world was shattered when their CFO mentioned that all grandfathered unlimited data plans would be losing their precious data in favor of tiered shared data plans. With a huge outcry from the public today Verizon has released an official statement on the matter. While this doesn't fully clear things up, it shows they've noticed the outburst and are looking into how they'll handle the situation.

XCom Global Huawei 3G USB Modem Review

Earlier this year the folks from Huawei were nice enough to offer up some of their USB 3G E176G Dongles with XCom Global data for the team to use while we covered all things Android at Mobile World Congress back during February in Barcelona Spain. If you enjoyed all the news, coverage, and hands-on from the largest mobile event of the year brought to you by us, it was all powered by Huawei's modem. For those times our phones weren't capable of a hotspot, XCom Global saved the day, and the event.
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