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    Limitations suck. Whether we're paying more for that over-mileage leased car, standing in the long line at the supermarket because we have eleven items, or having to check that slightly-too-large bag at the airport, it's no fun having to put up with added hassle just because you wanted a little more. This is doubly true for wireless data, and whether the consequences are added fees or reduced speed, going over your monthly data cap can be a real headache. That's what makes unlimited plans so alluring, but many carriers have been anything but willing to offer them. It's especially rare when ...

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    Is money no object in the way of unlimited data? Well, if you and Verizon still want to be together forever, it's just going to have to cost more. Some subscribers found this out for themselves last November as their bills went up by $20, bringing their monthly tabs up to $49.99. Add on voice and SMS services and those bills could easily hit about $100. If you weren't hit with that price hike on November 15, but still have an unlimited plan with Verizon, call a representative and ask if you should be expecting a price hike on May 15 (or whenever your bill cycle resets after that date). ...

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    Update: A T-Mobile spokesperson has clarified the suggestion that CFO Braxton Carter was announcing the end of unlimited data plans on the carrier. He is, in fact, referring to the "limited time" offer of the unlimited data family plan (wherein the first three lines cost $50 per month with the fourth line free). We went back and traced the question asked to Carter: On the pricing front, so [...] one of the bull cases for wireless more recently has been the ability to monetize accelerating data traffic in a paper-use type model. If we think about pricing, about how competitive it's been of ...

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    Nobody likes living under the pressure of constantly looming restrictions, and that's especially true when it comes to our mobile data. Maybe you'd love to stream a little HD video on the train home from work, but with your monthly usage already pushing dangerously close to your data cap, you resentfully settle for another few rounds of Candy Crush – no good at all. It used to be that unlimited data plans were relatively easy to come by, but it wasn't long before carriers started second-guessing themselves on just how much profit they stood to make from such offerings, and swiftly killed ...

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    As time goes on, and technology improves, it only gets cheaper and cheaper to deliver reliable, high-speed internet access, right? We'll wait a moment for you to stop laughing. Back in the day, wireless providers were keen to keen to lure in users with the promise of unlimited data at affordable rates, but in the years since we've seen many of those offers dry up. Nowadays, if you're lucky enough to have one of those grandfathered old unlimited accounts, you're going to be paying a hell of a lot for the same kind of access to data – and often with a whole lot of restrictions. AT&T ...

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    When you sell users “unlimited” data plans, they sure expect a lot – and why wouldn't they? But carriers aren't hooking users up with such massive buckets of data out of the goodness of their hearts, and recently we've been seeing a number of networks start bumping up the rates for their unlimited plans. Verizon got this ball rolling in early October as we heard about unlimited data climbing $20 to $50 (for data alone). T-Mobile wasn't far behind with its own price increase, and under the banner of Simple Choice Amped we saw its existing $80 unlimited plan rise to $95. AT&T isn't ...

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    Nobody likes thinking twice every time they download an app, stream a video, or upload a photo to the cloud: am I still going to have enough data left this month? Sure, they can be hard to come by these days, but there's a lot of appeal to the idea of unlimited data plans, freeing us to take full advantage of everything our smartphones can offer. So when a carrier starts talking about a new unlimited data offering, and one with an incredibly low price, we find our interest quickly piqued. Today Sprint announced just such a plan, promising unlimited data for as low as $20 a month. If that ...

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    Go shopping for a smartphone service plan with an unlimited data allowance these days, and you're going to find your options pretty limited. It wasn't always this way, however, and back in the earlier days of smartphones, carriers found themselves quite a bit more willing to sell users a carte blanche pass to consume as much data as their mobile devices could. And while carriers like AT&T and Verizon have long stopped offering unlimited data to new subscribers, existing users have been able to hold on to their treasured plans. Those doing so on Verizon may soon find themselves paying a ...

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    It's such a simple word, “unlimited.” Yet far, far too often when we're using it in the context of smartphones and mobile data, it means anything but. Instead, “unlimited” plans still bind you to restrictive terms of service (prohibiting things like running a server over your wireless connection), ban “excessive use,” or start throttling your speeds after a certain point. Here in the US, the FTC has had its eye out for carriers who advertise “unlimited” data but give their users something that falls short, with AT&T catching the agency's wrath last fall. Today we're ...

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    Finally, after years of you and I telling them so, mainstream carriers are starting to offer "unlimited" plans. Why the "air quotes"? Because even though we're told they're "unlimited", these plans still have "limits". We had unlimited mobile to mobile minutes (but not to land lines or to people on other carriers), then unlimited talk time (but only on the weekends and after 7pm). Eventually we got unlimited texting (which we really should have had all along, but that's another article entirely). The odd-ball has always been data. Some plans offered a few hundred megabytes of data, others ...

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    T-Mobile has been my cellular carrier since before they were T-Mobile. Yes, I'm a VoiceStream guy! Anyone remember those days? I picked VoiceStream because (1) they were all digital, (2) they used an international standard, (3) I could switch to any other phone just by swapping the SIM card, and (4) they were less expensive than anyone else. They also had fairly limited coverage and you couldn't stray far from big cities or Interstate highways without losing signal. That was fine with me, I was covered 90% of the time. Since then "regular" phones have become "smart phones" and our cellular ...

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