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Yahoo Mobile is shutting down its wireless service just over a year after launch

Last year Yahoo and its parent company Verizon launched a low-cost wireless service called Yahoo Mobile. Pay $40 per month and you’d get unlimited cellular data (at speeds up to 12 Mbps) plus a free Yahoo Mail Pro subscription. Now, just 15 months after launching, Yahoo Mobile is shutting down. According to Yahoo Mobile, the […]

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Lilbits: PinePhone unboxing, Purism launches an MVNO, and more Pixel and Chromecast details

The PinePhone is one of the first smartphones designed specifically for open source software enthusiasts. It’s an affordable phone with a starting price of $150 that ships with a GNU/Linux distribution pre-installed, but which can also boot from a microSD card if you want to try a different operating system (or 13) before deciding whether […]

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Purism’s Librem AweSIM is a privacy-focused cellular service (for $99/month)

Linux laptop maker Purism is also in the Linux smartphone business these days thanks to the company’s Librem 5 smartphone, which is designed to run free and open source software and offer privacy features including hardware kill switches. The Librem 5 is still under development, but Purism has been shipping some early batches to customers […]

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Verizon’s new Yahoo Mobile wireless plans offer “unlimited” data for $40 per month

It’s been a long time since Yahoo was one of the top internet properties. But Verizon, which acquired the company a few years back, is slapping the Yahoo name on a new wireless service plan for some reason. Yahoo Mobile actually looks pretty good on paper. Pay $40 per month and get unlimited talk, text, and […]

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Rakuten Mini is a 3.6 inch smartphone (for Japan)

Smartphone screens have gotten so big in recent years that we’ve stopped using the awful word “phablet” to describe handsets with nearly tablet-sized screens. Now they’re just called phones. But there may still be a small market (get it?) for phones with smaller screens. Last year TCL launched the Palm Phone with a 3.3 inch […]

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MVNO shuffle: Red Pocket Mobile acquires FreedomPop, former owner wants to buy Boost Mobile

Over the last few weeks there’s been a bit of a shakeup in the US mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) space. With Sprint ant T-Mobile looking to merge, regulators have suggested Sprint get rid of its pre-paid subsidiary, Boost Mobile. A company called STS is interested in buying Boost… but before doing that, the company […]

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Google Fi network adds support for iPhones (and most Android phones)

Google’s Project Fi wireless network is growing up. Started in 2015 as a somewhat experimental service, the network originally supported only a few Google-branded phones. Over the past year, Project Fi has slowly added support for a few more devices… but selection was limited. Today Google is dramatically expanding the list of supported phones. The […]

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Google’s Project Fi network is getting 3 more non-Google phones

After years of existing as a cellular network that you could only use with Nexus and Pixel smartphones, last year Google’s Project Fi started offering customers a chance to pick up a Moto X4 Android One edition smartphone. Now it looks like Google is getting ready to double the number of phones it sells. The […]

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Comcast to launch wireless service in 2017

The largest cable TV provider in the US plans to launch a wireless network. Today Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed the rumors that the company would start offering wireless services in 2017. Comcast’s wireless offering will actually look a lot like Google’s Project Fi: phones that use Comcast’s network will connect to WiFi hotspots whenever […]

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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 […]

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Google’s Project Fi now includes high-speed mobile data in 135 international destinations

Google’s Project Fi is a wireless network that does a few things differently. First, it uses a combination of WiFi and cellular networks so that your phone makes calls or accesses the internet over WiFi whenever possible… but seamlessly transitions to a mobile network when you leave a hotspot. Second, the cellular network is actually […]