Apple joins government task force to kill robocalls

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Apple is teaming up with top tech companies to end the scourge of robocalls.
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The scourge of robocalls may be coming to an end, thanks to a new task force comprised of over 30 top tech companies, including Apple.

The U.S. government has enlisted the help of Apple, AT&T, Alphabet, Verizon, Comcast and others to crack down on unsolicited, automated, prerecorded phone calls that have become the most frequent complaint the U.S. Federal Communications Commission receives from citizens.

AT&T finally drops overage charges with new data plans

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Get ready to be throttled.
Get ready to be throttled.
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AT&T customers soon won’t have to worry about going over their monthly data limit, thanks to a new set of plans the carrier is rolling out nationwide later this month.

Instead of cutting your data off once you go over, the new Mobile Share Advantage plans simply throttle your speeds down to a maximum of 128 kbps, making the carrier more competitive with the likes of T-Mobile.

iPhone 7 may launch on September 23

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iPhone 7 Plus prototype
Get your wallet ready.
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Apple’s next iPhone could be available to the public as soon as September 23rd, based on a new leak that reveals AT&T plans to do a big “Merchandising Reset” at all stores that day.

The unveiling of the iPhone 7 is rumored to take place on September 7th with pre-orders to follow two days later, meaning customers will have to wait three weeks for the device to arrive this year instead of the usual two weeks.

Apple deals: Buy one, get one iPhone 6s, Lightning cable and more

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Buy one, get one free on the Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus for AT&T.
Buy one, get one free on the Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus for AT&T.
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This week brings deals that might not be right for everyone, but will be perfect for some. Students can score the cheapest iPad Pro 9.7″ we’ve seen, while AT&T customers can get two iPhone 6s’s for the price of one. These deals and more are in this week’s best Apple bargains.

3 easy ways to use your cellphone abroad (without going broke)

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iPhone on the beach
Are you ready to take your iPhone on vacation?
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Most of us have heard nightmare stories of friends who traveled abroad only to come home with a horrific cellphone bill. Either they forgot to put their device in Airplane Mode, or didn’t consider an international plan. Those types of mistakes have cost people hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in international fees for phone calls and data usage abroad.

Stories like these are becoming less common, however, as technology improves. One of the best and most recent advancements are new plans that make it easier for folks to travel to another country and still be able to use their current phone.

We tell you about three options for using your phone while traveling abroad, so you can keep in touch with friends and family back home — and not spend too much in the process.