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January 5, 2019

The Best Cable Modem of 2019

If you’re on cable internet, chances are you probably pay a monthly fee to your service provider to rent one of their modems. However, this fee can be eliminated by simply bringing your own modem and installing it yourself.

While cable companies would much rather you pay a fee to rent their equipment, FCC rules dictate that cable companies must allow customers to bring their own equipment if they choose. As such, today we’ll be sharing several of what we think are the best cable modems on the market today.


Best Cable Modem Overall ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183

For most people, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183 will be the best cable modem [...]

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July 13, 2017

China Orders Telecoms to Block VPNs by February 1

China has always had a stringent policy of internet censorship ever since the rise of the internet in the country. Known as the “Great Firewall”, China blocks access to online services that it deems to be against the interest of the state. These services include popular sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and more. However, despite the country’s censorship policies, tech savvy individuals could still easily get around the “Great Firewall” by simply using a VPN service.

However, it appears that this is about to change as a recent article by Bloomberg reports that China is ordering its telecom carriers to block access to [...]

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April 13, 2017

T-Mobile Wins Big at 600MHz Auction – Wins 45% of Spectrum Covering 100% of the US

In one of its most high profile moves this year, T-Mobile recently announced that they’ve won big at the 600MHz low band wireless spectrum auction, winning 1,525 licenses, or 45% of all 600MHz spectrum. The newly acquired spectrum covers every inch of the US including US territories such as Puerto Rico and quadruples T-Mobile’s low band spectrum holdings. According to documents from the FCC, T-Mobile was the biggest purchaser of spectrum in this auction, spending nearly $8 billion.

The auction, which began last year, was a special auction which would re-purpose spectrum currently used for broadcast TV into spectrum for wireless services. Low [...]

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March 24, 2017

T-Mobile Rolls Out Free Scam Caller ID and Blocking Starting Today

Hate picking up the phone from a random unknown caller telling you to wire $20,000 to Nigeria to release a $1,000,000,000,000,000,000 inheritance from your long lost Nigerian uncle? Yeah, me too.

To prevent this, T-Mobile is launching Scam ID and Scam Block, which will ID and block known scammer calls before they even reach your phone. The way this works is every call that goes through T-Mobile’s network will get analyzed and compared against a continuously updated database of known scammer phone numbers. When a match is found, the number is tagged as possible scam and the T-Mobile subscriber receiving the call can either be warned “Scam Likely” [...]

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March 9, 2017

T-Mobile Increases Unlimited Data De-Prioritization Threshold to 30GB

High data users, rejoice! T-Mobile’s “unlimited plans” just got slightly more unlimited as a T-Mobile employee recently notified the T-Mobile sub-reddit community that T-Mobile raised the threshold for data de-prioritization for unlimited data users from 28GB to 30GB.

T-Mobile adopted a data de-prioritization strategy several years ago, during a time when the industry accepted practice was to throttle data speeds for high data users. In response to the displeasure many wireless customers voiced across all carriers in regards to throttling, T-Mobile instead began de-prioritizing data for users who surpassed a certain data threshold. Previously this [...]

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March 3, 2017

Get an iPhone 7 Free with T-Mobile’s Latest Promotion

Were you looking to upgrade to a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, and switch to T-Mobile? Lucky you. In a recent announcement, T-Mobile is offering a new promotion from now until March 16th for new or existing customers to get an iPhone 7 free or iPhone 7 Plus for $100 after trade-in and rebate.

In order to qualify for the promotional offer, you’ll need to port a line, trade in an eligible smartphone, and subscribe to the T-Mobile ONE plan. Eligible smartphones include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active. After that, simply head on over to the T-Mobile promotions [...]

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February 28, 2017

AT&T Revamps Unlimited Plans: Lowers Pricing, Adds Choice Tier, Mobile Hotspot

When everybody else has a better unlimited plan than you, you need to figure out why yours sucks and how you can be a bit more competitive. In a recent announcement, AT&T did just that.

AT&T will not have two unlimited plan tiers which will include Unlimited Choice and Unlimited Plus.

Unlimited Choice will be cheap, slow, and all around pretty bad, but it will be unlimited and it will be cheap. Priced at $60/mo for one line, $115/mo for two lines, $155/mo for four lines, etc. the Unlimited Choice plan will include unlimited talk, text, and data, but data will be limited to 3Mbps and streaming video is capped at 480p with a maximum bitrate of 1.5Mbps. [...]

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February 27, 2017

T-Mobile Brings Back Free Line Promotion Starting March 1

Missed out on the last free line promotion from T-Mobile and been kicking yourself ever since? No worries! T-Mobile is bringing back a new free line promotion starting March 1.

According to the details of the announcement, new or existing T-Mobile customers with at least two lines of voice service can get an additional line for free after bill credits and will remain free until cancelled or changes are made to the account. The line can be used for any sort of device including a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, etc.

Unlike many other promotions T-Mobile has been running as of late, this one does not require subscription to T-Mobile’s ONE or Simple Choice [...]

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February 22, 2017

T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U in Spring 2017, Aims to Boost Speed and Capacity

T-Mobile Projected Coverage Map 2017 | Source: T-Mobile

Although T-Mobile is generally associated with competitive pricing, strong marketing, and better-than-the-competition customer service, you simply don’t get 8 million new customers per year, 3 years in a row without seriously investing into network infrastructure.

Over the past few years, T-Mobile has taken the lead on rolling out numerous next generation network technologies including Wideband LTE, VoLTE, WiFi Calling, Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and according to a recent announcement, T-Mobile is also planning to roll out LTE-U this [...]

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February 17, 2017

T-Mobile’s New Projected Coverage Map is Beautiful

T-Mobile recently released their 2016 annual earnings to another kickass year and along with their earnings, they also announced some major network improvements to come for 2017.

Among the network improvements include continuing to add new spectrum to increase coverage, re-farming existing spectrum to increase LTE coverage, and implement new technology to help improve capacity.

In terms of spectrum, T-Mobile is looking to acquire new spectrum and aggressively roll out 700MHz spectrum in new markets such as Chicago, Eastern Montana, and other areas where 700MHz spectrum is already owned. T-Mobile currently owns 700MHz A-Block spectrum covering 272 million [...]

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