Google Project SkyBender Wants To Deliver High-Speed Internet 40 Times Faster Than 4G Via Solar-Powered Drones : FUTURE TECH : Tech Times

Google has been testing fifth-generation wireless technology in its unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft at a spaceport in New Mexico as part of a project called SkyBender, according to a Friday report from the Guardian.

It’s all part of a sister project to Project Loon, a venture in which Google has been developing balloons to beam wireless Internet down to offline areas of the globe.

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Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: data plans and phone payments compared

After consistently losing customers to the outrageous deals and contract-less business practices of the “Uncarrier” T-Mobile and others, AT&T finally decided to jump in, and overhauled its entire portfolio of pricing tiers and payment schemes, just like Verizon and Sprint did before it to ward off the emerging T-Mobile threat.

Because of these seismic shifts in carrier pricing schemes, we are now facing a whole different ballgame when it comes to monthly outlays for our cell phones and their contract… or are we? Check out the gist of current individual and shared offerings from each of the four major carriers for easier comparison:

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Researching all those carrier websites to find the right cell phone plan is an exercise in patience and exhaustion.

All those numbers from carriers competing for your dollars — monthly rates, gigabytes (GB), connection fees — are enough to make you dizzy or crazy or both.

So before you join a carrier for a new time or switch to a new one, ask yourself these questions first.

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Sprint cuts customer service jobs, says customers won’t notice a difference | Ars Technica

Sprint is reportedly cutting 2,500 jobs, including 2,000 in customer service, but the company told Ars that subscribers won’t actually see any decline in customer service quality. “These changes will not impact the level of service we provide to our customers,” a Sprint spokesperson told Ars today.

Sprint said it has already boosted “self-service and digital care tools,” helping to lower its churn rate (the percentage of subscribers who leave). “In addition, we have made changes in service assurance that have now resulted in our lowest ticket levels and fastest repair times in the last three years,” Sprint said.

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The Verge and Sprint’s layoffs.