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    T-Mobile got rid of two-year phone contracts nearly three years ago and embarked on a continuous campaign ever since to steal away subscribers from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. It took until this year for Magenta's competition to join the pool. Verizon has officially ditched the contract for new customers on August 13 while AT&T started limiting availability of contracts to company stores and online. It seems that AT&T is ready to drop the other shoe as an employee has leaked out a company brief that announces the demise of the two-year agreement starting January 8. New and ...

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    The past year or so has seen some changes descend upon the wireless industry in the United States. Not a lot of change, mind you, but more than we've seen in a long while, and much of its brunt has focused on rethinking the way smartphone sales are so intimately tied to wireless service, often by way of subsidy and contractual obligation. T-Mobile's been at the head of this movement, but other carriers have shown varying degrees of interest in copying TMo's actions, specifically when they let users upgrade their phones more frequently – problem is, such plans haven't always been to the ...

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    T-Mobile USA recently announced a plan to get rid of handset subsidies. On the surface this sounds like a great idea, but before we get into the pros and cons, we need to understand how "subsidies" and "standards" really work. Standards Rule! The GSM standard allows you to put a SIM into your phone, and as long as it's activated by its carrier, you're online. Globally, that's how it works. In America, not only do we have phones that support limited bands (and may not work across all carriers), we even have two different standards for voice: GSM and CDMA. In an ideal scenario, phones would ...

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