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T-Mobile USA already throttles users who go over certain limits for data consumption.

AT&T stopped signing up new customers for “unlimited” plans last year. Instead, it now lets heavy users pay extra when they go over a certain data allotment.

Verizon Wireless also recently stopped signing up new customers for unlimited service.



BMW rolls out electric i3 and i8 models

FRANKFURT, Germany — German luxury carmaker BMW presented two electric models on Friday, signaling its arrival to a segment that is key to the industry’s fortunes.

The all-electric i3 is aimed at the urban car market and should hit dealerships in 2012. The hybrid i8 is due for delivery in 2014 and is more geared toward high-performance auto enthusiasts.

“This is an important new milestone in BMW’s history,” chief executive Norbert Reithofer declared as the vehicles were shown to media.

“As the leading premium auto manufacturer in the world, we wanted to offer clients automobiles that were made to order, with an electric motor,” he added.

The i8 combines electric and gas-powered engines to allow for long-distance travel, while the compact i3 is clearly designed for city use.

Both have a lightweight aluminum chassis and a reinforced carbon-fiber body to compensate for the weight of the batteries.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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