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Verizon kills off service contracts, smartphone subsidies

In a radical shift, the company will only offer new plans that require customers to pay for their own smartphones. Also, device access fees and buckets of data remain.

By August 7, 2015

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Apple, Best Buy, other retailers will drop AT&T phone subsidies

AT&T is in the process of eliminating service contracts and subsidies for its retail partners. But they will still be available at AT&T stores.

By June 1, 2015

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Xiaomi phones briefly appear, disappear on US Mobile store

Wireless reseller US Mobile intended to sell phones from one of the world's hottest startups, but had to pull back. Why?

By February 1, 2016

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Used iPhone 6 could be the bargain you're looking for

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers advice about getting a great value from buying an older used model of the popular iPhone.

By January 30, 2016

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iPhone 6 sees illegal handset subsidies strike back in Korea

Retailers have been caught secretly offering the iPhone 6 to customers with illegally high subsidies and the Korean government has promised to take action.

By November 5, 2014

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As subsidies fade, AT&T adds 30-month smartphone installment plan

The new option, which spreads the payments over a longer period of time, will be available on November 9.

By November 4, 2014

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Sprint CEO says he may drop phone subsidies in 2015

The struggling carrier's monthly phone payment plan and new phone leasing program are starting to gain momentum.

By November 3, 2014

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Sales have fallen hard one month into Korea's phone subsidy reform

A government cap on carrier subsidies caused a steep decline in phone sales, although there are some signs of recovery as low-cost monthly plans and used phone sales are on the rise.

By October 31, 2014

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Unions charge T-Mobile with shady business practices

A complaint with the FCC accuses the "Uncarrier" of adding unauthorized charges to customer bills and deceptive advertising practices.

By January 27, 2016

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Samsung may match Apple with its own phone upgrade program

The Galaxy S7 could be the first phone to be offered via the new program, says Korea's Electronic Times.

By January 27, 2016