Apple signs a new deal with Warner Music that cuts the fees it pays out to the label

In order to reduce the fees paid at Apple Music, the tech titan has announced its first major licensing deal with a big time music label since Apple launched its streaming music service two years ago. Thanks to its new contract with Warner Music, Apple will now continue to stream chart toppers from Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The pact covers use of the Warner catalog for iTunes, Apple’s online store, and Apple Music.

Under terms of the deal it is now trying to work out with other music providers, Apple is paying the record labels a smaller percentage of sales …


Search wars: Google may pay Samsung $3.5 billion in license fees

Google is on a licensing renewal spree, and Korean analysts today are chiming in that it may be on the hook for up to $3.5 billion in fees paid to Samsung for carrying its search engine as default, and featuring it prominently on its phones. One look at our Galaxy S8 photo above will tell you why – the Google search bar sits right smack in the middle of the home screen, and there are millions of Samsung phones out there that do the same.
Needless to say, Google hopes to recoup the investment by its ad earnings from its stock search and browsing apps Samsung has …

No more locked phones or unlocking fees in Canada, wireless regulator rules

2017 is shaping up to be a good year for the global consumer. Just yesterday, roaming charges were abolished across the European Union, and now, it looks like there’s some good news for Canadians as well. 

As of December 1, 2017, all new mobile devices sold in the North American nation must be carrier unlocked. In addition, Canadian telecoms will be barred from charging people with unlocking fees.
This sounds truly great, however, such practices are employed by carriers all around the world. As such, many of you might …

T-Mobile raising its Telco Recovery fees for older plan subscribers, prepare for a small increase in your bill

Nobody likes a raise in taxes and fees, but that’s the way it’s going to be for T-Mobile customers that aren’t on the carrier’s ONE unlimited plan. Subscribers that chose to remain on a Simple Choice plan or a different older plan will see their Telco Recovery fee for data charges jump from 83 cents to $1.01, while the voice lines fee goes up from $2.11 to $2.58. The Telco Recovery fee is T-Mobile’s way to recoup its expenses for linking up with other service providers.

Granted, this hike is nothing to cry over, but it’s still a little extra cash out of your pocket …

US Cellular introduces its own unlimited data plan with no fees or overages

Unlimited data plans are in. That point was driven home earlier this month when Verizon brought back unlimited data for its customers. That was a big deal since unlimited had been considered a four-letter word at Verizon. In fact, the nation’s largest carrier even paraded out CFO Fran Shammo last year to state that unlimited 4G LTE service was not a sustainable business plan. “You cannot make money on an unlimited video world,” Shammo said at the time. But that was before Verizon’s big wigs started wearing magenta-tinged sunglasses.

Today, the nation’s fifth largest carrier joined the parade …