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    by Published on 09-17-2018 12:22 PM
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    Do they charge us by the byte? By the time of day? By download speeds?

    For a while many of us have discussed whether or not billing will be different with 5G and AT&T, the nation's 2nd largest mobile operator agrees.

    Executives from one of the nation’s top wireless network operators said that 5G could enable a wide range of billing models beyond the standard monthly fee that users pay today for LTE service.

    David Christopher, the exec who is in charge of Consumer Wireless and Video Businesses says: "AT&T could create a specific pricing tier related to low-latency video gaming services. There will be different tiers of service."

    AT&T currenty employs two pricing models for the services they offer today:

    1. Service is included in the cost of the device, at least for a limited time (like SmartThings’ $99 tracking device that includes a year of service).
    2. Service that is added to a customer’s existing bill (like the $10-per-month service charge for the Apple Watch).

    How AT&T bills for 5G content is beyond criticlal. The carrier is always looking for ways to monetize their services and increase revenue per user.

    What do you guys think? Should AT&T employ new pricing tiers for their 5G network?

    by Published on 09-14-2018 05:29 PM
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    When it comes to mobility and the internet in general it's true that a mobile data connection can really only be as good as the backhaul that serves the connecting cell site.

    We saw a huge push for fiber backhaul when T-Mobile first launched their awesome HSPA+ network and now it appears we're about to see it again.

    T-Mobile has confirmed that they have secured fiber backhaul nationwide to secure its 5G endeavors adding massive amounts of capacity at negligible costs.

    T-Mobile has also secured a deal with Crown Castle to deploy at least 25,000 new small cells during the remainder of this year onto next. This is on top of the 18,000 small cells and DAS nodes already rolled out.

    All in all great news for backhaul and great news for density sure to make our connected devices that much faster!

    Read more: https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/t-...ackhaul-for-5g
    by Published on 09-13-2018 10:02 PM
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    Stop the presses folks! We have pricing and payment options for T-Mobile fans looking to get the hottest new iPhones and wearable.

    Yes there is even a "zero down, " option for the 64GB XS for "super well-qualified," customers (whatever that means).

    Don't forget we even got trade in promotional pricing (scroll down for more info).

    iPhone XS EIP
    64GB: $279.99 down, $30 per month, $999.99 full retail
    256GB: $429.99 down, $30 per month, $1,149.99 full retail
    512GB: $629.99 down, $30 per month, $1,349.99 full retail

    iPhone XS JOD
    64GB: $279.99 down, $26 per month, $999.99 full retail
    256GB: $429.99 down, $24 per month, $1,149.99 full retail
    512GB: $629.99 down, $21 per month, $1,349.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max EIP
    64GB: $379.99 down, $30 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $30 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $30 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max JOD
    64GB: $379.99 down, $25 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $23 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $20 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max EIP
    64GB: $379.99 down, $30 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $30 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $30 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max JOD
    64GB: $379.99 down, $25 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $23 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $20 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    Trade In Value:
    • $300 offer value: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone 8
    • $200 offer value: iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus
    • $100 offer value: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

    Apple Watch Series 4 40mm EIP

    Aluminum: $0 down, $20.83 per month, $499.99 full retail
    Stainless Steel: $171.99 down, $22 per month, $699.99 full retail

    Apple Watch Series 4 44mm EIP
    Aluminum: $0 down, $22.08 per month, $529.99 full retail
    Stainless Steel: $221.99 down, $22 per month, $749.99 full retail

    Once again: Pre-orders start @ 12:01 on Sept. 14th and all devices will be available in store pending inventory availability on Sept. 21st.


    by Published on 09-13-2018 06:10 PM
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    If you're like me it seems every other week we're reading about one carrier getting hacked or somehow allowing our data sensitive information to get in the wrong hands.

    Just this past month T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint have all been victims to those with nefarious intentions and they likely will not stop.

    This week in Los Angeles, CA. the big 4 US carriers came together and announced a new collective project named: "Project Verify."

    Together they hope to create a more effective and efficient identification and authorization system aimed at curbing cyber crime and protecting their customers.

    It's kind of nice when they work together on something, huh?

    Read more here: https://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/...kill-passwords
    by Published on 09-11-2018 06:11 PM
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    by Published on 09-11-2018 04:09 PM
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    Okay folks. Verizon as expected has finally given a nickname to her up and coming 5G network. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2018 12:36 PM
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    Hot off the heels of a similar agreement with Nokia, T-Mobile has just inked a major 5G NR deal with Ericsson ...
    by Published on 09-10-2018 03:00 PM
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    So I'm back from two weeks in New Zealand (just Auckland, really), and in case anyone else heading that way needs a local SIM card, here's what I think is your best bet: the NZ Travel SIM from Vodafone.

    The first thing to note is that our plan isn't actually listed on Vodafone's site; they're currently showing 4GB for $49 NZD but, as you can clearly see above, what we got instead was 3GB for $43, the equivalent of about $28 USD or $38.50 CAD. While more reasonable than any Big Three plan in Canada that I can think of, it's not nearly as good a deal as what you can get on Optus in Australia—500MB per day for only $2 Aussie dollary-doos.

    The good news is that the SIMs are available at Auckland International Airport upon arrival. Before we even got to immigration we passed by two manned kiosks, plus a third from a competing MVNO. We were able to get our phones connected without having to enter any additional APNs or proxies, and paid for the SIMs at a nearby duty-free counter.

    Vodafone's service was excellent and we had no issues connecting anywhere, even on the somewhat remote island of Waiheke. These particular SIMs also include 200 minutes of calling and 200 texts, even to select international destinations. We didn't have a need for either of those, but they were certainly nice to have. If there's a trip to New Zealand in your future and you need a local SIM, check Vodafone's current rates at the link immediately below.

    Links: Vodafone NZ Travel SIM

    by Published on 08-21-2018 03:00 PM
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    You're pretty much looking at it. But I should probably explain.

    I signed the girlfriend and I up for Virgin this past spring, taking advantage of a bonus data promotion that was happening at the time. For me 5 GB of data for $70 CAD/month became an acceptable value only with a lifetime bonus of 3 GB added to the mix. My only issue with this bonus data is how Virgin deliberately obfuscates my usage whenever I check it on their website or app.

    According to Virgin I eat through my 3 GB of bonus data first, then move on to the main course of 5 GB after that. Take another look at the screen shot above and you can probably figure out why they do this—to deliberately mislead me into buying a data add-on before I've even used half of my allotment for the month! As you'd expect, their data add-ons are a decidedly better deal than the $7/100 MB overage fee that you'd otherwise have to pay. Here are the three options that they offer me when I click through:

    $7 for an additional 200 MB
    $20 for an additional 1 GB
    $40 for an additional 3 GB

    ... But remember, I still have 5 GB of unused data on my plan. I know this. They know this. Yet they still seek to deceive.

    So a question for anyone who signed up with Fido or Koodo for a bonus 3 GB plan this past spring, or one of the current back to school promos with a similar data bonus: Is their usage tracking any shadier than it is with Virgin?

    by Published on 08-17-2018 03:45 PM
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    This was certainly unexpected... CNET is not only confirming the existence of the second OnePlus phone to be released this year, but also its first U.S. carrier partner:

    T-Mobile's version of the OnePlus 6T will be optimized for the carrier's network, including the new 600 megahertz band of spectrum being rolled out that promises better and faster coverage.
    To be clear, OnePlus will still sell the 6T without any carrier locks on their online store—come October, however, you'll be able to get one from your local T-Mobile USA shop as well.

    I'll be very interested in finding out whether or not this Tmo-branded 6T will support dual SIM cards. There is ample evidence on these forums of my unfailing belief that no North American carrier will ever sell a dual-SIM phone—for the simple reason that it makes the option for competing service easily available to the customer. Yet one of the core features of a OnePlus phone is support for dual-SIMs. Without it, it would still be a great phone, but with it, and sold by T-Mobile store, well... I guess I'd have to go find a hat to eat.

    Source: CNET

    by Published on 08-15-2018 03:15 PM
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    OpenSignal has published a new report about data speeds on Canada's Big Three mobile networks. I'm of the opinion that OpenSignal speed tests are generally more accurate than Ookla's, since they use a content distribution network for data transfers rather than the nearest available server. These latest results come from over half a billion measurements taken on more than thirty thousand devices.

    But first, the brief:

    Canada has received a big injection of 4G speed in the last six months. Average 4G download speeds rose by at least 5 Mbps in our results for all three operators, but Telus held onto the 4G download award with an average connection speed of 51.1 Mbps. That makes Telus the first Canadian operator to pass the 50 Mbps threshold in our national metrics.
    And now the results. As you can probably guess, it's all about Telus.

    4G Download Speed
    Telus - 51.05 Mbps
    Bell - 42.41 Mbps
    Rogers - 32.77 Mbps

    4G Upload Speed
    Telus - 11.29 Mbps
    Rogers - 10.02 Mbps
    Bell - 9.38 Mbps

    4G Latency
    Telus - 40.38 ms
    Bell - 43.39 ms
    Rogers - 50.15 ms

    4G Availability
    Bell & Telus - 88.4 %
    Rogers - 86.38 %

    3G Download Speed
    Bell - 5.54 Mbps
    Telus - 5.28 Mbps
    Rogers - 4.63 Mbps

    3G Latency
    Telus - 67.38 ms
    Bell - 72.59 ms
    Rogers - 89.85 ms

    Though these numbers are national averages, the only regional results cited in the report come from Montreal and Toronto. Western Canadians can add their devices to the test pool by downloading the OpenSignal app for Android or iOS.

    Source: OpenSignal

    by Published on 08-02-2018 07:30 AM
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    Shaw wireless president Paul McAleese had his first big press event this week, after taking charge of Freedom Mobile last April. In a sit-down attended by the Financial Post, he outlined two attack vectors in a new ad campaign featuring the other new face of Freedom, Canadian comedic actor Will Arnett. Here's the first ad, courtesy of iPhone in Canada:

    This first 30-second spot goes after a staple of the Big Three's business model, the family sharing plan. I believe the implied message here is what any parent could probably tell you, that shared data really means that your kids get all of it, and you make do with any scraps left over.

    Future ads will address the sorry state of data overages from this country's incumbent carriers. Says McAleese:

    “The data overage charges in this country are astonishing. I’m surprised there’s not more of a revolt about that.”
    What do you think of the new faces of Freedom Mobile?

    Sources: Financial Post, iPhone in Canada

    by Published on 07-20-2018 07:00 AM
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    With the expiry of the 3 GB bonus data promotion parroted by Canada's incumbent carriers, Freedom Mobile has a new offering that I hope the Big Three will also copy: a low-cost data-only plan with a usable amount of data. It can be found on Freedom's site under Home Plans, and looks like this:

    Data Plan 1 GB

    Home Network
    Data: 1 GB full-speed data
    Talk: Unlimited incoming calls; $0.05/min for outgoing calls Canada-wide
    Text: Unlimited global text, picture and video messaging

    Away Canada Network
    Data: $0.05/MB
    Talk: $0.15/min. for incoming and outgoing calls Canada-wide
    Text: $0.05/text to Canada and the U.S.

    Included Features
    Call control (Caller ID, Missed Call Alerts, Conference Calling, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting)
    Freedom Wi-Fi access

    $25/month with digital discount
    $30/month regular price

    That digital discount is already being complained about on the forums, but it's actually more generous than the $2/month auto-pay discount that you'd get from Public Mobile. Granted, the person that this type of plan is for may not have a credit card, so that's unfortunate.

    Still, this plan is so much better than the laughably-bad alternatives from Bell, Rogers and Telus. One can only hope that they're shamed into matching it.

    Source: Mobile Syrup

    by Published on 07-19-2018 07:00 AM
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    OpenSignal has just published another report on mobile network speeds in the USA. Here's the brief:

    The U.S. mobile industry has gotten a jolt of bandwidth in the past year, causing average 4G download speeds among all four operators to climb. T-Mobile and Verizon have now crossed the 20 Mbps threshold for average 4G download speeds in our measurements—a milestone that seemed quite distant a year ago.
    And here are the numbers, from over 8 million measurements on almost four hundred thousand devices, collected between mid-March and mid-June:

    4G Download Speed
    T-Mobile - 21.57 Mbps
    Verizon - 20.56 Mbps
    AT&T - 15.08 Mbps
    Sprint - 14.46 Mbps

    3G Download Speed
    T-Mobile - 3.64 Mbps
    AT&T - 2.77 Mbps
    Sprint - 0.98 Mbps
    Verizon - 0.85 Mbps

    Overall Download Speed
    T-Mobile - 20.57 Mbps
    Verizon - 19.23 Mbps
    AT&T - 13.69 Mbps
    Sprint - 12.57 Mbps

    4G Upload Speed
    T-Mobile - 7.45 Mbps
    Verizon - 6.94 Mbps
    AT&T - 4.51 Mbps
    Sprint - 2.52 Mbps

    4G Latency
    AT&T - 54.05 ms
    T-Mobile - 56.42 ms
    Verizon - 61.92 ms
    Sprint - 64.29 ms

    3G Latency
    T-Mobile - 85.05 ms
    AT&T - 98.46 ms
    Sprint - 131.01 ms
    Verizon - 139.6 ms

    4G Availability
    T-Mobile - 93.67%
    Verizon - 93.67%
    AT&T - 88.43%
    Sprint - 87.74%

    Note that these numbers are national averages; for regional results, consult the link below. And don't forget to add your device to the test pool with the OpenSignal app for Android or iOS.

    Source: OpenSignal

    by Published on 07-06-2018 07:15 AM
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    One of Canada's Big Three carriers reached a new high (or low) this week, raising rates on data overages from 7 to 10 cents per megabyte. It's only Bell testing these uncharted waters at the moment, but if history teaches us anything then Rogers and Telus are sure to follow. Hopefully the mid-tier sub-brands will be exempt from this new "feature"—for the moment Virgin Mobile's overage rate remains the same.

    Someone from Bell took a break from making snow angels in huge piles of cash to inform Mobile Syrup that the increased rates will apply to new plans only; existing customers are grandfathered in at a slightly-less egregious rate of $70/GB. Furthermore, Bell will cap overages at 10GB, so you'll never be on the hook for more than $1,000 in extra fees. How thoughtful!

    For any smartphone user in this country who ever thought they'd be able to enjoy unlimited data plans like our American friends, think again.

    Source: Mobile Syrup

    by Published on 07-04-2018 07:30 AM
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    Late last week the National Security Agency issued a press release informing the public that call data records (CDRs) from hundreds of millions of phone calls and text messages were in the process of being deleted. Why? From the release:

    NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers. These irregularities also resulted in the production to NSA of some CDRs that NSA was not authorized to receive. Because it was infeasible to identify and isolate properly produced data, NSA concluded that it should not use any of the CDRs. Consequently, NSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, decided that the appropriate course of action was to delete all CDRs.

    This particular data set of CDRs—which includes information about who called or texted who and when, but not the actual call or text itself—goes all the way back to 2015, and was collected under the authority of the USA Freedom Act. The Freedom Act differs from the older and more controversial Patriot Act in that it's the telecom providers who bear the responsibility of collecting metadata; the NSA can only request specific records, and only with a court order.

    And yet, according to the New York Times, the agency still managed to collect over half a million call data records in 2017 alone.

    Source: NSA.gov via New York Times

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