Lilbits: Broadband access, electronics shopping moves online, and do expensive Chromebooks make sense?

Often when I write about Chromebooks, somebody chimes in with a comment about how they’re not “real” laptops, and people would be better off buying a Windows machine. When I write about a Chromebook that costs more than $400, someone will inevitably complain that it’s too much money to spend on a laptop with a […]

Republic Wireless now sells SIM cards, lets you bring your own phone (Only 9 models supported, though)

So you’ve been thinking about signing up for Republic Wireless due to the mobile carrier’s relatively low-cost phone plans… but you’ve been disappointed in the selection of phones available from the company. Good news: now you can bring your own phone. Bad news: That’s only true if you have one of the nine devices that […]

Karma launches new mobile data subscriptions, realizes “unlimited” was unsustainable

Karma is updating its mobile data plans… again. The company sells a mobile hotspot and lets users pay $14 per gigabyte of data with the promise that data never expires. You also get credit if other users connect to your hotspot and sign up for service. A few months ago Karma launched a new plan […]

Sprint says it’ll cut your phone bill in half if you switch from AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile

The fourth-biggest wireless carrier in the US says it’s new LTE Plus network is one of the fastest in the country… but that doesn’t do the company much good unless it can attract customers. So Sprint is launching a pretty big sale to promote the launch of its new network: switch to Sprint from one of […]

FTC fines TracFone $40 million for throttling “unlimited” data

The Federal Trade Commission is ordering US wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million as a penalty for promising “unlimited” data to customers, but then throttling connection speeds or canceling service altogether after customers use more than a certain amount of data. The FTC isn’t saying that there’s anything wrong with throttling data or terminating […]

Cablevision to launch mobile phone service based on WiFi hotspots

US cable TV and internet provider Cablevision plans to launch a mobile phone network in February. It’s called Freewheel, and existing Cablevision subscribers will be able to sign up for unlimited talk, text, and data plans for just $10 per month. Folks who aren’t already Cablevision customers will be able to use Freewheel for $30 […]

T-Mobile, Sprint unveil dueling free or cheap data deals

It wasn’t that long ago that US wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile were talking about merging. That didn’t happen… and now T-Mobile is running a new promotion that provides big incentives for customers that convince their friends to move from Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T to T-Mobile. When you refer a friend who switches to T-Mobile […]

T-Mobile kills overage fees, urges other carriers to follow suit

T-Mobile has been taking some big steps to brand itself as the “un-carrier” over the past year by eliminating contracts, paying your early termination fee when you switch from another carrier, offering unlimited international text and data in 100 countries, and more. Now T-Mobile is eliminating overage fees, which means that US customers won’t have […]