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Ad leak hints T-Mobile will pay full family's early termination fees

T-Mobile, trying to snatch customers away from other US carriers, appears likely to announce an offer Wednesday to pay a whole family's early termination fees they'd otherwise have to pay themselves to cancel mobile phone contracts.

Droid Life spotted a T-Mobile ad on tech sites that promises: "We'll pay your family's termination fees when you trade in your devices." Such a move would counter AT&T's new offer to pay up to $450 to attract T-Mobile customers.

As part of its "UnCarrier" effort, T-Mobile already promised to "unshackle the family from those other guys"Read more

Sprint, Best Buy give students a free year of talk, text, and data

Hey students, your report card can now earn you a free cell phone plan. Best Buy and Sprint announced Monday that they've teamed up to offer free unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data, for one full year to students.

It works like this: Head to Best Buy between November 18 and January 4 and buy a new feature phone or smartphone at the Student Activated Price (the average phone price is $530), and activate it on a Sprint Unlimited, My Way plan. You'll need to pay for the cost of the phone, plus a $36 activation … Read more

Muve Music's 2M subscribers: Music to Cricket's ears

Over two million subscribers tune into Cricket Wireless' unlimited Muve Music download service, the company said Thursday, claiming that this makes Muve the country's most popular on-demand subscription service.

Muve (pronounced "move"), which is automatically bundled into the carrier's rate plan for Android phones, lets customers download as many songs and ringtones as they can store, provided they keep paying their monthly phone bill.

In addition to doubling its user base from 1.1 million at the end of 2012, Cricket also says active listeners play music longer than they did last year, to the tune … Read more

TextNow kicks off mobile phone plan for $19 a month

Mobile phone users searching for a budget-friendly and contract-free plan can now find a few new options through TextNow.

On Tuesday, the folks behind the free texting and messaging app unveiled their own mobile phone service with plans that start at $18.99 a month. For that price, you get 500MB of data and 750 rollover minutes.

A plan that goes for $26.99 each month ups the ante to 1GB of data and 1,250 rollover minutes, while a $39.99-per-month option ramps up to 2GB of data and 2,000 rollover minutes. All three plans kick in unlimited … Read more

XCom hot spot plans now available for U.S. travelers

Traveling around the globe while staying connected to the Internet can get tricky. One solution is to rent out MiFis or hot spots that work internationally for a daily fee. XCom Global is one such company that provides this service, and today it has announced that its portable routers are available for U.S. travel.

For $14.95 a day, visitors to the U.S. can rent out a hot spot and connect up to five devices. XCom can then ship your MiFi to your destination prior to your arrival; afterward, you can send the hot spot back in the … Read more

Sprint officially outs new Unlimited plans

Not to be outdone by T-Mobile's big cellular pricing shake-up, Sprint just made its rumored Unlimited phone plans official. Essentially customers can now purchase all-you-can eat voice and text for one phone line starting at $50 per month. Prices decrease though as you add additional lines, but of course there's a catch. … Read more

ZTE showcases Aio Wireless handset, the Prelude (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS -- In conjunction with the news that AT&T will be launching its own prepaid network called Aio Wireless (which the company actually announced earlier this month), the ZTE Prelude made an appearance at this week's CTIA tech show.

Available for $49.99, the device is a compact, entry-level smartphone that surprisingly runs the more recent Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

Design Measuring in at 4.6 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.43 inch thick, the Prelude is small and compact, and weighs 4.4 ounces.

Its design isn't anything to … Read more

T-Mobile CEO: Stop the bull**** with carrier plans

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is fed up with the "crap" the wireless industry has been feeding cell phone customers over the years. And he said that T-Mobile is here to shake things up.

At the company's "Uncarrier" event in New York City today, he made a pitch for T-Mobile's new no-contract plans, which went into effect Sunday, and he announced the launch of his company's new 4G LTE network and the long-awaited availability of the Apple iPhone on T-Mobile.

Legere, who took the stage in a black blazer, jeans and T-Mobile T-shirt, said … Read more

T-Mobile announces Sonic 2.0 4G LTE mobile hot spot

In addition to unveiling its contract-free data plan, T-Mobile announced a number of devices that will be available on its 4G LTE network, including the Sonic 2.0 mobile hotspot.

Available now for $149.99, the Sonic 2.0 is the carrier's first LTE hot spot and it can connect up to eight devices.

The device is manufactured by ZTE and features a 1.77-inch color screen (which displays information such as signal strength, battery level, and number of connected devices), a microSD card slot that is expandable up to 32GB, and it works with both Windows 8 and … Read more