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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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