AT&T gives free Spotify Premium to unlimited subscribers

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This should help Spotify grow its subscriber base.
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AT&T is ready to sweeten the deal for some of its monthly subscribers by offering free Spotify premium as of its new entertainment perks.

The carrier revealed its new entertainment perks today that also gives customers the option to choose HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz or Pandora as their free entertainment options. Even if you don’t have a qualifying wireless plan, you can still get some other Spotify perks.

Verizon cuts the price of unlimited data plans

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It’s about to cost less to use one of Verizon’s unlimited data plans.
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Verizon Wireless just did something telecoms almost never do: It lowered the cost of wireless service. This is part of the carrier’s renaming and changing of what it includes in all its unlimited plans.

Verizon’s super-fast 5G expands to four more cities

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You can use Verizon’s 5G hotspot in lots more places starting today.
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The number of people who can access Verizon’s 5G network takes a big jump today. The carrier just launched service in parts of Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis and Washington, DC.

The carrier has a 5G hotspot for anyone who wants to speed up the connection of their Mac or iPad.

Most Americans are excited about 5G

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There’s pent-up demand for a 5G iPhone.
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A large percentage of Americans are happy that 4G wireless networks are being supplanted by faster 5G ones, according to a recent survey by a respected market-research firm. And a majority of US consumers are very interested in getting a phone that supports these speedier networks.

Verizon’s new truly unlimited data plan sounds too good to be true

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This might be the best data deal we've ever seen.
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Verizon Wireless is finally offering a truly unlimited talk, text and data plan through the company’s Visible brand. It only costs $40 per month and is powered by Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Visible revealed full details of the updated plan today. And if you’re already a Visible or Verizon subscriber, you will want to jump on this ASAP.

Apple strong-armed cable companies into selling more iPads and Apple TVs

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The world’s largest tech company used it’s power to make people sell its other products.
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Comcast and Charter made some potentially high risk deals with Apple in order to secure rights to sell the iPhone on their struggling networks.

Even though they are the two largest cable companies in the US, Apple was able to strong-arm Comcast and Charter into selling large numbers of other Apple products. In some cases they had to agree to sell them at a discount and eat the subsidized cost.

U.S. carriers are no longer sharing customer location data

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Your location data is no longer up for grabs.
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U.S. carriers have (mostly) put an end to the practice of selling customer location data to third-parties, a new report reveals.

This dodgy practice was previously carried out by giants including T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. They passed on this data to middlemen, which then sold the information to other companies without getting the necessary permission from users.

Early test shows the promise and perils of 5G

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The first 5G devices are wicked fast, but not very practical yet.
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The first steps of the move from 4G LTE to 5G NR are underway. And tests with one of the first two handsets capable of connecting to Verizon’s version of this faster network show 5G offers amazing speeds but very, very limited range.

Gear4’s impressive iPhone cases now available from Verizon

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D30 provides your iPhone with the best impact protection.
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You can now pick up Gear4’s impressive cases for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR at your local Verizon store.

Big Red has started selling a number of its popular products in-store and online — including the award-winning Piccadilly case that provides drop protection from up to 13 feet.