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American carrier U.S. Cellular has just announced the availability of 4G LTE services in a few new states while expanding existing coverage in some regions. The carrier expects to add 1,200 4G LTE towers which will connect over 93% of its users with blazing fast LTE networks by the end of the year.

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Popularly known for its customer friendly plans, T-Mobile is now on its way towards expanding its data network coverage across the U.S. The carrier has announced plans to upgrade the existing range of 2G Edge networks to 4G LTE, with the acquisition of the 700 MHz spectrum from Verizon for a reported $2.37 billion.

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Sprint, America’s third-largest carrier, has just announced its Q4 2013 earnings revealing marginal growth thanks to its quickly-expanding 4G LTE networks around the country. The carrier added a total of 682,000 customers during the last three months of 2013 alone.

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Yesterday, AT&T announced new Mobile Share Value plans that were pitched as making subscriber’s monthly rates cheaper if you already own a smartphone.

It seemed like a pretty honest move. Most carriers bill you a set monthly that includes a fee designed to pay off your smartphone’s full prive over a two year period, which is common knowledge. What isn’t common knowledge is that on most carriers, even if you bring your own smartphone to your contract or fully pay off your device, the carrier will continue to bill you for that smartphone subsidy in perpetuity. It’s super sleazy, so AT&T’s move seemed like a refreshing dose of honesty.

That’s not how T-Mobile sees it, though.

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Is your bill over $100 a month? If so, you’re in the majority of iPhone and Android users.

Want to know why a carrier like Sprint is willing to promise Apple almost $16 billion to get the iPhone on their network, or why carriers put up with paying astronomical subsidies just to get a single iPhone customer on their network?

As usual, it all comes down to the crisp, president-branded cabbage. According to a new study, almost 60% of iPhone users spend more than $100 a month on their wireless plan, compared to only 53% of Android users.

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Michigan readers, rejoice, as AT&T announced today several new 4G LTE markets in the eighth most populous state in the US.

Users in the following areas of Michigan should start to see the little LTE symbol at the top of their iPhones and Android handsets very soon.

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Birmingham, Michigan
Monroe County, Michigan
Kent County, Michigan
Ottowa County, Michigan

Netflix video streaming remains one of the largest sources of peak downstream Internet traffic in the US. With over 1 billion hours of Netflix being watched per month, it’s safe to say they have a pretty good idea of the strains their service puts on ISPs. In fact, Netflix has been keeping tabs and gauging these ISPs to see just how well they perform.

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