How to disable cellular data for specific iPhone apps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 23, 2016

Cellular data is a great thing; it lets you access data from the internet in your favorite apps even when you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi network.

Unfortunately, many carriers impose caps on your data. For this reason, iOS includes a feature that lets you limit what apps are allowed to access the internet using cellular data. This is particularly useful for limiting those data-hungry apps from causing you unwanted cellular bill overages each month.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can disable cellular data for specific apps on your iPhone or iPad. Read More


How to see how much data your iPhone apps are using

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 22, 2016

The use of cellular data when you’re using your iPhone or iPad while out and about is to be expected, but do you know exactly how much of your data each individual app or service on your device is using?

With the imposing caps cellular carriers like to put on their users, it’s important to be able to keep track of your data so you don’t hit expensive data overages each month.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to find out how much data your apps and services are using. Read More


AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid sevice now available on 4G LTE and HSPA+

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 14, 2013

GoPhone, a prepaid wireless service from U.S. carrier AT&T, used to be a 3G-only affair. But not anymore.

Just like clockwork, the carrier Friday announced that GoPhone customers can now enjoy fast data speeds not only on its third-generation HSPA+ network (unfairly billed as 4G), but also on the fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Compared to 3G, 4G LTE offers ten times higher data throughput. The telco also added Samsung’s Galaxy Express to its GoPhone device portfolio and said folks can also bring their own HSPA+ or LTE smartphone… Read More


Hacked AT&T carrier update could improve your device’s network performance

By Cody Lee on May 20, 2013

Last week, a hacked carrier update surfaced for T-Mobile subscribers that promises to increase the cellular data speeds of the iPhone 5. It claims to pull this off by increasing the handset’s bandwidth supply, allowing for “better throughput of data.”

This weekend, the same person behind the T-Mobile hack unveiled a similar workaround for AT&T customers. As before, the process installs a modded carrier file to your device that aims to improve its network performance with better band management… Read More


T-Mobile closes 2012 by bringing iPhone-friendly HSPA+ to 14 new cities

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2012

Not to be outdone by rival Verizon and AT&T which rolled out their fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks to 29 and five new U.S. cities this week, respectively, T-Mobile USA today announced that its iPhone-friendly HSPA+ service on the 1900MHz band is launching in fourteen new metropolitan areas.

The carrier says these markets can take advantage of voice and data enhancements, improved signal strength and in-building coverage. The $4 billion network modernization plan announced ten months ago already enhanced coverage for more than a hundred million people, T-Mobile said… Read More


T-Mobile’s iPhone-friendly HSPA+ network now covers 100 million people

By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2012

With its now-confirmed 2013 iPhone launch looming, T-Mobile continues its aggressive rollout of its HSPA+ network today with launches in Chicago, Illinois, Reno, Nevada, and Sacramento, California, along with enhancements in other areas.

Just last Monday, the carrier activated the iPhone-friendly network in several major cities including Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis. And with the new areas added today, that network now covers more than 100 million users throughout the US… Read More


T-Mobile’s iPhone-friendly HSPA+ goes live in Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2012

Not to be outdone by AT&T which today rolled out LTE in three new markets, Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile USA just flipped the switch on its iPhone-friendly HSPA+ network in Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis. With today’s roll-out, T-Mobile’s 3G HSPA+ service (incorrectly advertised as “4G”) is available in a total of 18 metropolitan areas.

The German carrier is hoping that landing the iPhone next year would curb subscriber losses. As part of the incoming iPhone launch, T-Mobile is eliminating subsidies on high-end devices. Under the new rules, customers would pay for the full device price upfront in exchange for lower service fees. A good example are the carrier’s unsubsidized Value Plans that offer significantly cheaper monthly rates for voice and, particularly, data services… Read More


T-Mobile brings faster HSPA+ speeds to Baltimore, Houston and Washington D.C. markets

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2012

T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest telco in the United States, continues expanding its iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network on the 1900MHz band (incorrectly advertised as “4G”). Today, the company announced that HSPA+ is now available to customers in the Washington D.C., Baltimore and Houston markets.

I’m sure you know T-Mobile USA is the sole major telco in the U.S. without the iPhone (next year, maybe?). But with its offering of Nano SIMs for iPhone 5 owners, free support to unlockers and unlimited 4G data plans, T-Mobile is a good choice for unlocked iPhone owners curious to take advantage of HSPA+ speeds… Read More


T-Mobile’s iPhone-friendly 42 Mbps HSPA+ coming to Las Vegas on Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2012

T-Mobile USA, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier and the sole major U.S. telco without Apple’s iPhone, announced at the GigaOm Mobilize conference that it will be rolling out its iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network in Las Vegas on Monday, September 24, 2012.

The carrier’s HSPA+ network runs in the much more common 1900MHz spectrum, allowing unlocked iPhone owners to finally access the fastest 3G network in the country, T-Mobile’s dual-carrier HSPA+… Read More


The Verizon iPhone 5 is GSM unlocked, tested with AT&T

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2012

I can confirm that the Verizon iPhone 5 is indeed GSM unlocked. Even though I bought an iPhone 5 from Verizon under contract, I was able to cut down my AT&T Micro SIM, and use it in my Verizon iPhone 5 to pick up an AT&T signal. By doing so, I was able to hop onto AT&T’s HPSA+ network, or “4G” as they so ridiculously name it.

AT&T’s so-called 4G speeds are nothing like true LTE speeds, but they are a bit better than typical 3G speeds. But the big news here isn’t about speed. The big news here is that we have confirmed that you can use a Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T or T-Mobile, freely, even if you’re a brand new customer under contract. Read More

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