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Shared data plans are now mandatory for AT&T

AT&T is requiring all new customers to sign up for Mobile Share plans that offer unlimited voice and text, but offer a single pool of data for multiple devices. Existing customers can hold onto their current plans. U.S. Cellular is also moving to shared data plans.

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Super tough gadget glass takes a beating

Nippon Electric Glass dropped a 500 gram steel ball onto a sheet of glass for days without it breaking in this demo from the Ceatec show.

Apple iPhone 5C

iPhone 5c review: The no-brainer upgrade for iPhone 4 or 4s

It doesn't boast the marquee features of the pricier iPhone 5s, but Apple's colorful new iPhone is an affordable upgrade for anyone with an iPhone 4s or anything older.

Cybersecurity

White House asks FCC to decriminalize cell phone unlocking

Because the fact that unlocking your cell phone is a crime is anti-competitive—and just plain stupid.

Everything you need to know about preordering an iPhone 5c

All the major U.S. carriers have the iPhone 5c up for preorder, but the details differ. Here's everything you need to know.

Breaking down the iPhone 5s upgrade math

The simplest thing is to just get an iPhone 5S with a new 2-year contract, but how much will it cost you if you’re not eligible for an upgrade?

Trade-in market for older smartphones gets more competitive

As Apple and Wal-Mart enter the trade-in market, NextWorth ups its game, anticipating swarms of older phones being traded by users to fund new iPhones.

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Child with phone

Study: 1-in-10 UK 5-year-olds have mobile phones

Study finds that kids who can't read a clock yet have mobile phones now.

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The worst deals in tech: Are you being fleeced by these 7 overpriced products?

That shiny new tech toy might appear irresistible—until you realize its mark-up is obscene.

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patent

Movement expected Friday in Apple, Samsung patent wars

Action is expected Friday in two separate patent infringement cases brought by Apple against Samsung.

London mayor joins NY, SF in battle against smartphone thefts

London Mayor Boris Johnson has signed on to a smartphone anti-theft initiative recently launched by top law enforcement officials in New York and San Francisco. He is the first official outside of the U.S. to join the effort pushing for major smartphone makers to include technology that would render a smartphone useless if it's lost or stolen.

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