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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


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


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


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


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


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


Korean phone subsidy regulations could hurt Galaxy Note 4 sales

New regulations from October 1 draw outcry from consumers, carriers and manufacturers as they come into force, making high-end phones far more expensive than in the past.

By October 2, 2014


Korean phone subsidies: Comical, chaotic and often illegal

As the Korean cellular market draws closer to saturation point, the drive to win customers through cheap phone deals has gone off the rails.

By July 1, 2014


Comcast extends low-cost Internet service to community college students

An expansion of the Internet Essentials program will offer cheap broadband to students who qualify for federal education grants. It's being tested in Colorado and Illinois.

By September 16, 2015


Bringing your own smartphone to Verizon: What you need to know

CNET's Marguerite Reardon says the wireless industry is offering more choices for how you buy devices and gives her advice on figuring out what works best for you.

By August 28, 2015