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1 week ago

Everything you need to know about the T-Mobile ONE unlimited plan

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A complete breakdown of T-Mobile's ONE plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service from Big Magenta.

In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the places you spend your time. It's not worth saving $10 a month if the service is bad. Once you have that sorted, you can look at what each company has to offer and the prices they charge for it.

More: Which unlimited plan should you buy?

Let's take a look at T-Mobile to see what they can give you and what it will cost.

Note: The details of this plan are current as of February 27, 2017.

T-Mobile ONE plan details

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data with 200MB of roaming data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico
  • One hour of free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi and unlimited texting on enabled flights
  • Unlimited data and texting in over 140 locations at 2x speed (264kbps) (limited time offer)
  • Unlimited music and HD video streaming (limited time offer, applies only in the U.S.)
  • 10GB high-speed mobile hotspot use (limited time offer)

T-Mobile's definition of Unlimited Data means that after you use 28 GB in a single month, your service can be slowed down if you're in a congested area. You'll hear the word throttled used here but you need to know that it's only a temporary deprioritization of your data connection when you're in a busy area. It may not happen at all depending on how many other customers are using the same towers.

You can use any phone that's compatible with T-Mobile's network. If you bring your own phone you'll pay a $20 one-time fee for a SIM starter kit. You can also finance a phone through T-Mobile and the monthly cost will vary depending on which phone you choose. T-Mobile ONE plans also include tax and all the other assorted fees in the price. Your monthly bill will be exactly what the plan costs.

Additional lines can be added to a T-Mobile ONE plan. Every line has the same benefits outlined above and the $20 SIM starter kit fee applies to each, though they go on sale regularly and it's not unheard of to get the starter kit fees waived if you talk to a representative. Here is a pricing breakdown.

  • One line of service on a T-Mobile ONE plan is $70
  • Two lines of service for $100
  • Three lines of service for $140
  • Four lines is $160 and each additional line adds $20 to the total

A promotion starting March 1, 2017 allows post-paid customers with two or more lines to add another line free. This offer applies to T-Mobile ONE, Simple Choice and Simple Choice No Credit plans

T-Mobile ONE Plan add-ons

You can add a tablet to your T-Mobile ONE plan for the standard $20 monthly fee. You can add a wearable to your T-Mobile ONE plan for $5 a month. Wearable devices are limited to 512kbps data speeds.

T-Mobile also offers two Plus add-ons for people who want a few extras:

The $5 monthly T-Mobile ONE Plus add-on includes everything from the standard ONE plan plus the following:

  • Unlimited in-flight data on all Gogo-enabled flights
  • T-Mobile Visual Voicemail
  • T-Mobile Name ID

The $25 T-Mobile ONE Plus International add-on includes everything from the ONE Plus plan and adds the following:

  • Unlimited international calling to landlines in over 70 countries and mobile numbers in more than 30 countries
  • Unlimited high-speed mobile hotspot

You do not have to pay for the $5 Plus add-on if you're buying the $25 Plus add-on. These prices are per line.

Secondary perks

T-Mobile also offers other special promotions on top of what you're paying for. These vary from free applications that support their services to free devices (through bill credits) after a certain amount of monthly payments. Some of these perks can change regularly, but as of February 2017, here is what T-Mobile is offering.

  • $150 prepaid Visa card (per line) when you switch to a T-Mobile ONE plan from another carrier
  • 11.2% cash back via Prepaid MasterCard on any phone you buy from T-Mobile after 6-8 weeks
  • Get an LG G Pad X 8.0 or Samsung Galaxy Tab E for free (via 24 monthly bill credits)
  • Get an ALCATEL LinkZone wireless hotspot for free (via 24 monthly bill credits)
  • "Smartpicks" are full-featured smartphones you can finance for $5 per month (24 months at 0% interest)

T-Mobile also has long-standing extras, including apps for Visual Voicemail, T-Mobile content transfer, T-Mobile's DIGITS, and an excellent account management application. You can find all of T-Mobile's apps on Google Play.

Last but not least is T-Mobile Tuesdays. Each week you can get things like food or movie tickets for free and have a chance to win "top-shelf prizes and epic experiences from the coolest brands around" without buying anything. T-Mobile Tuesdays is a very popular promotion and it is available for any T-Mobile customer.

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1 week ago

WhatsApp continues to be way better than Allo with its latest update

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Happy birthday, WhatsApp! What'd you get me?

A ton of people around the world use WhatsApp, and have for quite a while now. What started as a simple SMS replacement app has grown tremendously over the last eight years, and now does way more than just text. According to WhatsApp, 50 billion messages are sent each day alongside 760 million video and 80 million gifs. The point is, this app is a big deal even if you aren't using it.

To help celebrate eight years of improvement, WhatsApp is improving the Status feature. Here's how it's going to work, according to the WhatsApp blog:

As soon as you open the new Status tab, you'll see updates from friends and family who are WhatsApp users in your address book. You can reply privately to your friends' updates and control who sees what you share. All updates expire after 24 hours. And like other types of messages, you can mute or unmute contacts at any time.

Status messages can be text, video, gif, and it can all be improved with drawing or emoji like any other message. For people that live inside WhatsApp, this is almost like turning the Status page into its own little social network. It's an exciting change, and you can expect to see it rolling out to users all over the world this week.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 Deals for February 2017

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Looking to save some money on a Galaxy S7? Here are the best deals available right now!

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have been extremely popular since being announced, and Samsung has been marketing them with a big push. From offering freebies with the handset to carriers discounting it, there are a ton of different deals available out there. Before you can pick the best deal for yourself, you need to make the decision on which model you are even looking at.

The two models are very similar but also very different. On the regular Galaxy S7 you've got a 5.1-inch flat display while the Galaxy S7 edge offers a 5.5-inch display with dual curves. If you are looking for a smaller form factor that is a bit easier to hold, the regular Galaxy S7 is the one to look at, but if you want something a little more unique then the Galaxy S7 edge is sure to catch your attention.

Aside from the screen difference, the only other big difference you will find here between the two models is the battery capacity. The Galaxy S7 edge features a 3600mAh non-removable battery while the Galaxy S7 a 3000mAh battery inside. Besides this, the camera, processor, storage and everything else is the same between both models.

Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge: Which should you buy?!

Now that you have some more insight as to which one you'll want to pick, let's take a look at some of the best deals available right now to help you save some money! Keep in mind that we may begin to see better deals on the Galaxy S7 series as rumors continue to heat up about an upcoming Galaxy S8 announcment. This will make it even easier to save more money on a great phone, so be sure to be on the lookout!

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Other deals?

Have you found any other deals that aren't mentioned here? If so, be sure to drop a comment in with a little about the deal and a link to where others can grab it!

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1 week ago

Alto's second birthday includes extra hype for his next Odyssey

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Alto's Odyssey is coming!

There are two types of people in the world — those who have lost countless hours to the hypnotic magic that is Alto's Adventure, those who think the first group should see their therapist more frequently. Well, joke's on you because my therapist also plays this simultaneously relaxing and stressful side-scroller. Alto's Adventure has enjoyed remarkable popularity across Android and iOS over the last two years, and to celebrate the second birthday of the game we all get a very brief teaser of the next game in what is now a franchise.

Here it is!

That didn't tell me anything but I still want to play it. Unfortunately, none of us will be able to play Alto's Odyssey until later this summer. In the mean time, you can tell all of the people that haven't bought this game and lost entire weekends to it that the price has been temporarily dropped from $4.99 to $1.99 as part of the birthday celebration.

Anybody else going to go play this game for the rest of the afternoon? No? Just me?

See at Google Play

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1 week ago

Chromebook Diaries: Figuring out what's next

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I've set up my new little 2-in-1 laptop. Now what?

I've officially been a Chromebook user for week — a full seven days. I've since downloaded the apps I needed to get some work done here at Android Central. I've also learned that even with the Google Play Store already available, the app story for Chrome OS continues to be a convoluted affair.

Before you continue, read the previous diary entries

Chrome OS appears to be in a constant, almost perpetual state of change — even more so than Android's transformation over the past few years. But despite that the platform has managed to thrive in education-centric communities. Perhaps with the new world of Android apps, there's a chance to beat out the competition. Chrome OS is no longer a platform with an identity crisis.

Chrome OS appears to be in a constant, almost perpetual state of change

The Chromebooks that are coming out are adding to the appeal, too. This Chromebook Flip quickly starts up, offers a remarkable length of battery life, and hooks into the most important account in my online life: My Google Account. I mused about the learning curve for Chrome OS earlier this week, but now that it's been a couple of days and I've managed to bring the Chromebook Flip with me to a few meetings, I see its usefulness in my life. Even when it's offline, Chrome OS holds on to everything I've done and I can trust that all the information I need is right there. And since I use Dropbox, Google Photos, and Google Drive to store most of my files, every data file between my Pixel XL and MacBook Pro exist here. The Chromebook Flip is not an immediate replacement for my eons-more-powerful MacBook Pro, but now I have a perfectly functioning mobile computer that doesn't weigh down my purse and flips into a tablet, too.

This app story is not appealing. This app story is not appealing.

We're all allowed wishlists, right? Dreaming keeps us going as people. My dream is that once the floodgates are released on pure, integrative Android app and Chrome OS compatibility, that the ecosystem will flourish — or at least become populated with more fellow Android users. There needs to be more functionality than simply compatibility, however, like the ability for Android apps to hook into Chrome OS and offer up features like SD card access. That simple tweak alone will do wonders to help ease the fears of trying Chrome OS — the fear that it's too different than what you're normally used to.

Once the floodgates are released on pure Android app and Chrome OS compatibility, the ecosystem will flourish

I'm ending the Chromebook Diaries here, for now, though I'm still on a transitional journey. I plan to follow up soon with the apps I've settled on, as I still need a couple of uninterrupted hours to explore both the Chrome Web Store and the Play Store — that's hard to do during the work week. I'd love your suggestions. I've also fixed my choppy trackpad problem by buying a dongle to connect a USB mouse and simply working around its nuances (it would have been nice not to compromise, though).

The best part of being a new Chromebook user, though, is that with the permeating rumblings of some amazingly positive news on the horizon, I'm finally be able to get excited along with everyone else.

Chromebooks

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1 week ago

Snapchat has finally stopped screwing around with those Spectacles vending machines

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Where can I buy Snapchat Spectacles?

If you live in one of eight or nine massive cities around the world, and were paying attention to a website that frequently crashed, you may be one of the lucky folks to have found a bright yellow vending machine in your area selling Snapchat Spectacles. If you were eager to get a pair and didn't care to wait in a long line with no guarantee you'd get one, eBay usually had a few at twice the price shortly after those vending machines ran dry. Assuming you were one of the people oddly curious about this wearable camera but not willing or able to find one of these obnoxious vending machines, you probably decided to wait until Snapchat stopped screwing around and sold the glasses like a regular company.

Surprise! That day is today. Snapchat has finally started selling their Spectacles online for you to order like a normal human being.

Want to learn more about Spectacles? Check out our review!

Whether you're interested in the striking Coral, the brilliant Teal, or the less ostentatious Black, all three colors of Spectacles are now $129.99. Snapchat has also made the $50 charging case and $10 replacement power cable available to order through the site, in case you need to accessorize. It's everything you need to get started on you Spectacles adventure, and at the time of this writing had a 2-4 week delivery delay due to how many people were ordering the glasses. Good luck!

See at Spectacles.com

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1 week ago

Verizon celebrates Presidents' Day with $30 off Daydream View, UE Roll 2 for $49 and more

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Verizon currently has a variety of its accessories on sale in celebration of Presidents Day. From wearables to Bluetooth accessories, portable batteries to VR viewers, there are lots of great deals here that you'll want to check out. Whether you are looking for something to go with your new phone, or need a gift for someone else, now may be the perfect time to make your purchase.

Some of the deals include:

Verizon is also running a number of other deals right now that are worth checking out. When switching to Verizon's new unlimited plan and trading in your old phone you can grab a Galaxy S7, Google Pixel, LG V20, or other select phones for free, and if you spend $200 on accessories Verizon will give you a $50 Visa prepaid card. You'll need to use code STOCKUP50 when checking out to get it.

See at Verizon

For more great deals on tech, gadgets, home goods and more, be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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1 week ago

Raspberry Pi 3 or Raspberry Pi Zero: Which should you get for your Kodi box?

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Do you go for a larger or smaller piece of Pi?

Terrible puns aside it's a legitimate question. We've established before that the Raspberry Pi Zero makes a fine Kodi box, albeit sacrificing ultimate power for size and a much lower price.

The question is, though, if you're wanting to construct your own Kodi box, which would you be better off buying?

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1 week ago

Our favorite anti-slip car mats for your phone

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All the convenience of a car mounts without the hassle.

There's no arguing that car mounts are a sound investment for anyone who drives a lot and wants to keep an eye on their phone, but they have some drawbacks.

They can be tricky to install in the proper place for optimal operation, they can block some sight lines to the road, and not all car mounts can accommodate different-sized phones, making them hard to share between family members.

If you've encountered some of these problems with car mounts in the past, you should take a look at an alternative option. Maybe your problems will be solved with an anti-slip car mat.

What's an anti-slip car mat?

A small pad — usually made out of a gel — that you can put on your dash to hold small items in place by using minimal adhesive. It mostly uses the power of static electricity to hold things in place.

They can be installed on any dash, and you can slap your phone on them to keep it in place while you drive. Unlike a car mount, they won't block any vision through your windshield, meaning you can drive with the full confidence that you're as safe as possible.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite anti-slip car mats for your phone.

SlipToGrip Cell Pad

For about $6, you can get two anti-slip car mats, so you have double the sticky space.

Each pad is 5 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches, and it comes with an alcohol swab to clean your dash before you install the mats, ensuring they stick to the dash properly.

See at Amazon


Easy Life Care silicone pad

For people who need a larger mat, Easy Life Care offers a 7-inch by 5-inch silicone pad, meaning even the largest phones can hang on.

You can clean the pad use warm water without losing any of its adhesive power, which means you can keep the pad as clean as you keep your car.

See at Amazon


Cautionary tales

If you look at the Amazon review for any of these car mats, you'll notice some horror stories that usually involve melted gel all over an angry customer's dash. It's probably best to avoid leaving a gel pad on your dash in hot sunlight for hours on end.

Needless to say, the reviews are pretty polarizing, and if you'd rather stick with a universal car mount, you can check out our top picks!

Do you have any personal experience with car mats?

Horror stories or enthusiastic praise I want to hear it all! Let me know if you've used a car mat before in the comments down below.

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1 week ago

Push-to-talk: Remember when phones were walkie-talkies?

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Gather round kids, and I'll tell you a tale of a time before text messaging was so ubiquitous, a time where a phone call was so easy, it only took one button… and man, it could be annoying. Not the tech, the people.

I'm Michael Fisher, AKA MrMobile, and I relived the glory days of flip phones and push-to-talk (so you didn't have to). Join me as I recollect what was great about this feature, what people did to ruin it, and how you too can push a button to awkwardly interrupt your friends and co-workers.

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1 week ago

What is passthrough mode on Gear VR, and why should I care?

Passthrough mode on Gear VR lets you see the world around you through a camera

Generally the point of putting on a VR headset like Gear VR is to leave the real world behind temporarily. However, there is a way to see what is going on around you quickly, even if you are wearing your Gear VR. Passthrough mode lets you see your surroundings from the view of the camera on your phone - basically through a grainy square. It's not something you should need to do often, but you can definitely use it. Whether you want to use it is what becomes the more pressing question to ask.

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1 week ago

Great SAT Prep apps for Android to get you ready for test day

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These apps will help you to succeed on the big test day.

For many high school students, one of the biggest tests they will ever take is the SAT. It can cement their chances of getting into the university of their dreams, or derail those plans. While the SAT can be plenty stressful, by employing a solid studying strategy you can do everything to prepare yourself for the big day. These apps will make sure that you have a solid grasp on what you need to know on the big day.

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1 week ago

Grab Aukey's folding travel charger for just $5 right now!

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Update: This popular deal is back again with a new coupon code. Use code MPO8UHUK for the savings this time!

Right now you can pick up Aukey's compact folding charger for just $5 with coupon code MPO8UHUK, a savings of $3. Once folded this charger isn't much taller or wider than an SD card, and has two USB ports to allow easy charging of your favorite gadgets. It has a 2.4A output for making sure you are getting the best charging speed that you can, and thanks to its AiPower Adaptive Charging Technology it can ensure that the charge going to each device is safe and won't cause overheating, overcharging or anything else.

This time around the savings is only on the white version of the charger, and don't forget to use coupon code MPO8UHUK for the full savings. This deal is good for a few days, so be sure to grab one (or even two) if you are interested before they run out!

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1 week ago

Learn to code your own Android app for less than $40

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Google Play is full of great apps, but not all of them always meet your needs perfectly. Ever have an idea for an app that you wish existed, but had no idea how to make it become a reality? Wish that you could make it for yourself, but don't know where to even begin? Don't spend all your time researching the things you need to get started, and instead start right here.

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Normally, this great bundle would set you back over $400 but right now you can pay a fraction of that. You can grab all five courses for just $39 right now, but if you use the code AC10 you can save an additional 10% from that price. This offer won't last long, so grab it while you can!

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1 week ago

How to stream music from your phone in an older car

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Upgrading your car stereo capabilities on the cheap.

Story time: I've got an older car, a 2001 VW Jetta, that still runs great but lacks some of the modern amenities that I would prefer to have in my car. Most notably, my car stereo still prominently features a cassette deck along with FM/AM radio.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure this setup was out of date back in 2001.

I'm well past using physical media for my music, so I needed to find a way to transmit the music from my phone to my car stereo. Ideally, I'd want a car stereo with a touchscreen and support for Android Auto — though I would easily settle for Bluetooth connectivity, or at the very least an AUX input in a pinch — but that would typically require either buying a new car or investing in a new car stereo that is also compatible with my 16-year-old Volkswagen. Neither of those options sound cheap or easy, so I turned to car accessories to help me out.

As a quick fix, I picked up a classic cassette to AUX adapter, which served its purpose well and wasn't too cumbersome despite dealing with the red wire. Unfortunately, the harsh nature of Canada's winter was none too kind to that wire, and it's now time to upgrade… but again, I'm still in no position to buy a new car or get a new car stereo.

Instead, here's my guide to connecting your phone to your car stereo on the cheap.

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