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Killexams : Enterasys Sight plan - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/2B0-202 Search results Killexams : Enterasys Sight plan - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/2B0-202 https://killexams.com/exam_list/Enterasys Killexams : Pixium Vision Ends Plan to Acquire Second Sight

The picture of Second Sight Medical Products’s future is starting to look less clear and it involves a latest $27.9 million private placement. Second Sight, the developer of a retinal prosthesis system, was set to be acquired by Pixium Vision.

However, Pixium said it has terminated the merger, noting Second Sight’s private placement violated the terms of the memorandum of understanding entered into the companies on January 5.

In a release, Piximum said it will consider all measures available including any legal proceedings, in particular with the relevant stock exchange authorities to preserve its rights and obtain compensation for its entire damages.

The company said it offered Second Sight a chance to renegotiate the MOU in order to allow the pursuit of the business combination while preserving the contractual balance and the interests of Pixium Vision and its shareholders. Pixium said in a release that Second Sight never responded to the proposals it made in good faith nor demonstrated any willingness to reach such agreement.

“While we are naturally disappointed in the position being taken by Second Sight and that this business combination has not proceeded, Pixium Vision is in a strong position both financially and clinically, with a world-class Research & Development team and core expertise in vision neuromodulation and a solid patent portfolio,” said Lloyd Diamond, CEO of Pixium Vision. “We are continuing our transition from a research organization to a commercially oriented company with the latest initiation of our PRIMAvera pivotal trial of the Prima System.”

If the merger were to go through, then Pixium would have access to a commercial product in the form Second Sight’s Argus II retinal prosthesis system. Second Sight won a nod from FDA for the implant in 2013.

Second Sight also won approval for the Argus 2s retinal prosthesis system in early March.  The technology is a redesigned set of external hardware (glasses and video processing unit) initially for use in combination with previously implanted Argus II systems for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa. At the time of approval, Second Sight expects that the Argus 2s will be adapted to be the external system for the next generation Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System, which is currently the subject of an early feasibility study. 

There hasn’t been a great deal of clarity surrounding Second Sight’s future lately. A little more than a year ago, the company announced it would lay off 84 of its 108 employees because of the negative impact from COVID-19. The company said at the time it was winding down operations. And in June, Second Sight said there would be a public auction of its assets by GA Global Parners.

This is a departure from the company’s previous success. In 2013, MD+DI named Second Sight Manufacturer of the Year. The firm was launched in 1998.

Wed, 15 Feb 2023 09:59:00 -0600 en text/html https://www.mddionline.com/implants/pixium-vision-ends-plan-acquire-second-sight
Killexams : New telescope project completion in sight

The construction of the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) being developed by CCAT Observatory Inc., an international consortium of universities led by Cornell, is drawing to a close.

Work is poised to begin on a defining feature of the telescope—the "elevation" part that supports the upper structure and will contain the telescope's . Unlike almost any other telescope to date, the part will be constructed from Invar, a special formulation of steel that has an extremely low coefficient of thermal expansion.

"This means that it doesn't get bigger when it's hot and it doesn't shrink when it's cold," said Jim Blair, FYST project manager in the Department of Astronomy, in the College of Arts and Sciences. "At least, it's greatly, greatly reduced with Invar compared to regular steel. And that's important for the science, because at the wavelengths we are looking at, would actually affect the data and could ruin it."

Thus, despite some similarities to other telescopes, Blair said, the FYST "will be able to look regularly at frequency ranges very few other telescopes can even detect because of some of these and material choices."

The telescope's mirrors are also cutting-edge technology, Blair said. They're being built in the Netherlands by Airborne, one of the world's premier carbon fiber companies.

"Like the Invar we're using for the elevation structure, the mirrors are the 'secret sauce' to being able to do our science," he said. "Physicists have known how to measure in the submillimeter frequency ranges that the FYST is targeting for a long time, but before now nobody's been able to build a telescope to do it—at least not at an affordable price. The carbon fiber structures that are supporting our mirrors are absolutely state of the art."

The internal steel skeletal structures for yoke arms A and B, which will hold the three-story-tall elevation part in place, are almost complete. Once the elevation part is finished, all these massive sections will be mounted on top of the already-completed lower portions, and the telescope will be nearly assembled. The project team estimates that by the end of 2023 they will begin to test the telescope in Germany.

Fred Young, the Cornell alumnus after whom the telescope is named, recently visited the .

"Seeing the beginning of the construction of the in Germany was enormously satisfying as the culmination of many years of planning and preparation," he said. "What was particularly striking was the enormous size of the rotating azimuth base which is the first element to be completed. The rapid and precisely controlled movement facilitated by large electric motors was an impressive demonstration of its ability to scan the sky. We clearly have much to look forward to now."

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Killexams : Nestle plans to hike prices with no inflation relief in sight
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Nestle (OTCPK:NSRGY) plans to hike prices again in 2023 with inflation costs running high for the food giant. During Q4, organic sales rose 8.3% off a 8.2% boost in prices, but underlying trading operating profit margin decreased by 30

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Killexams : Married at First Sight stars share wedding and baby plans

Married at First Sight UK stars Matt Murray and Marilyse Corrigan have opened up about their marriage and baby plans after coupling up off-screen.

The MAFS UK stars, who appeared on separate seasons of the hit reality show, confirmed their relationship last year after much speculation.

Appearing on last year's (2022) season, Matt was initially married to Gemma Rose before he controversially recoupled with Whitney Hughes. Meanwhile, Marilyse was paired up with Franky Spencer in the 2021 series.

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Related: MAFS star Martha Kalifatidis "devastated" when she found out the sex of her baby

Speaking to OK!, Matt said that the pair struck up a friendship following his time on the show which then blossomed into romance after he "slid into her DM's" to ask for advice.

When asked if he can picture getting married to Marilyse one day, Matt said: "Yes. For me, the future of our relationship is extremely bright. Sometimes, the more and more you learn about somebody, the more it puts you off, but this has gone the opposite way. We’re just clicking. It's like having your best friend and your partner in one person.

"Yeah. I haven't been engagement ring shopping yet because I already know the style I want – a Haribo ring will do just fine," quipped Marilyse.

Related: Married at First Sight Australia unveils first look at new series

Discussing whether or not they would like to have children someday, Matt said he "absolutely" would, while Marilyse said she was already feeling "broody".

"Yeah definitely," Marilyse said. "I've been really broody over the last couple of years and the closer I get to 40, I'm like: 'S**t, I'm running out of time!' Matt hasn't got any kids yet, so I think it's only fair he has one of his own."

While things are going well for the couple now, Matt said he doesn't have fondest memories from his time on MAFS: "I definitely do not have great memories from my time on the show. The only thing I regret is not leaving the process earlier."

Married at First Sight UK airs on E4 in the UK. Married at First Sight Australia airs on Nine Network in Australia and E4 in the UK.

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Killexams : 457 Plan

What Is a 457 Plan?

A 457 plan is a tax-advantaged retirement savings plan offered to employees of many state and local governments and some nonprofit organizations. Like the better-known 401(k) plan in the private sector, the 457 plan allows employees to deposit a portion of their pre-tax earnings in an account, reducing their income taxes for the year while postponing the taxes due until the money is withdrawn after they retire.

A Roth version of the 457 plan, which allows after-tax contributions, may be allowed at the employer's discretion.

There are two main types of 457 plans:

  • The 457(b): This is the most common 457 plan and is offered to state and local government employees and nonprofits. It is a retirement savings plan that offers tax advantages to participants.
  • The 457(f): This plan is offered only to highly compensated executives in tax-exempt organizations. It is a supplement to the 457(b) and it is, essentially, a deferred salary plan.

Key Takeaways

  • The 457 plan is an IRS-sanctioned, tax-advantaged employee retirement plan.
  • The plan is offered only to public service employees and employees at tax-exempt organizations.
  • Participants are allowed to contribute up to 100% of their salaries up to a dollar limit for the year.
  • The interest and earnings in the account are not taxed until the funds are withdrawn. The exception is the Roth option, if available, in which only post-tax money is deposited.

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Types of 457 Plans

As noted, the 457 plan comes in two flavors, the 457(b) and the 457(f).

The 457(b) Plan

The 457(b) plan is most often offered to civil servants, police personnel, and other employees of government agencies, public services, and nonprofit organizations such as hospitals, churches, and charitable organizations.

It is similar to a 401(k). Participants set aside a percentage of their salary into a retirement account. The employees choose how their money is invested from a list of options, mostly mutual funds and annuities.

The account grows in value without being taxed over the years. When the employee retires, taxes will be due on the amount withdrawn.

Employees are allowed to contribute up to 100% of their salary, provided it does not exceed the dollar limit set for the year.

If the 457 plan does not meet statutory requirements, the assets may be subject to different rules.

457(b) Contribution Limits

As of 2022, employees can contribute up to $20,500 per year to 457 plans. This limit increases to $22,500 for 2023.

In some cases, workers are allowed to contribute even more. For example, if an employer permits catch-up contributions, workers over the age of 50 may pay in an additional $6,500 a year, making their maximum contribution limit $27,000 ($20,500 + $6,500) in 2022. The catch-up contribution increases to $7,500 for tax year 2023, making the maximum contribution limit $30,000 ($22,500 + $7,500).

Also, 457(b) plans feature a "double limit catch-up" provision. This is designed to allow participants who are nearing retirement to compensate for years in which they did not contribute to the plan but were eligible to do so.

In this case, employees who are within three years of retirement age may contribute up to $41,000 in 2022 and up to $45,000 in 2023. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of a 457(b) Plan

The 457(b) plan has all of the advantages of a 401(k), although there are some differences.

Advantages of a 457(b)

Tax Benefits

If a traditional rather than a Roth plan is chosen, the contributions are deducted from an employee's paycheck on a pre-tax basis. That amount is subtracted from the employee's gross income, effectively lowering the person's taxes paid for that year. For example, if Alex earns $4,000 per month and contributes $700 to a 457(b) plan, Alex's taxable income for the month is $3,300.

Employees invest their contributions in their choice or choices from a selection of annuities and mutual funds.

All interest and earnings generated from year to year remain untaxed until the funds are withdrawn.

Withdrawals Without Penalty

There is one big difference between the 457(b) and other tax-advantaged retirement plans: no penalty for early withdrawals in some circumstances.

If an employee retires early or resigns from the job for any reason, the funds can be withdrawn without incurring a 10% penalty from the IRS. Early withdrawals from most retirement plans are subject to the penalty except for certain hardship reasons. (The penalty was waived for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.) 

A 457(b) account holder can take a penalty-free withdrawal without changing jobs, like a 401(k) account holder. The list of acceptable reasons, however, is limited to "unforeseeable emergencies."

Exceptions to the Rules

Early withdrawals from a 457(b) are subject to the 10% penalty if the account holder rolls the funds over from a 457 to any other tax-advantaged retirement account, such as a 401(k). This would happen if, for example, a government employee quit to take a job in the private sector.

In addition, anyone who takes money out of a retirement account early must keep in mind that any income taxes due on that money will be owed in the year that the withdrawal is taken.

Disadvantages of a 457(b) Plan

One potential advantage of most tax-advantaged retirement savings plans is the employer match. An employer may choose to match some portion of an employee's contribution to the plan. An employer who matches the first 3% of the employee's contribution, for example, is presenting the employee with a 3% raise.

Employer Match Is Rare

Employers can match their employees' contributions to a 457(b) but, in practice, most don't.

If they do, the employer contribution counts toward the maximum contribution limit. This is not the case for 401(k) plans.

For instance, in 2022, if an employer contributes $10,000 to a 457(b) plan, the employee can add only $10,500 for the year until the $20,500 contribution limit is reached (except for those eligible to use the catch-up option).

457(b) Advantages
  • Looser rules for early withdrawals without a penalty.

  • Early distributions allowed for participants who leave a job.

  • As with other retirement plans, no taxes are due until money is withdrawn.

457(b) Disadvantages
  • Employer contributions count toward contribution limit the year they vest.

  • Employer contributions subject to vesting schedule. If the employee quits, non-vested funds are forfeited.

  • Limited investment choices compared to private sector plans.

457(b) vs. 403(b)

The 403(b) plan, like the 457(b), is mostly available to public service employees. They are a particularly common benefit offered to public school teachers.

The 403(b) has its origins in the 1950s when it exclusively offered an annuity to participants. Participants still have the option of creating an annuity but they also can choose to invest in mutual funds.

In fact, the 403(b) has changed over the years until it closely resembles the private sector's 401(k) plan, although the investment choices offered to participants are relatively limited.

The annual contribution limits are identical to those of the 457(b) and 401(k) plans.

If you're a public employee, your employer may well offer a 457(b) or a 403(b).

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457 plans are taxed as income similar to a 401(k) or 403(b) when distributions are taken. The only difference is there are no withdrawal penalties and that they are the only plans without early withdrawal penalties. But you also have the option of rolling the assets in an IRA rollover. This way, you can better control distributions and only take them when needed.

So if you take the entire amount as a lump sum, the entire amount is added to your income and may push you into a higher tax bracket.

With the rollover route, you could take out a little this year, and so on as needed, thus controlling your taxes better. And while it remains inside the IRA, it continues to grow tax-deferred and is protected from creditors.

What Is the Difference Between a 457(b) Plan and a 457(f) Plan?

The 457(b) plan is a version of the 401(k) plan that is designed for public and nonprofit workers. It helps employees save for retirement while deferring the tax bill until they retire and start withdrawing the money. (The Roth version, which is available only at the employer's discretion, takes the taxes upfront, so no taxes are usually due on withdrawals.)

The 457(f) plan is also known as a SERP for Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. It is a retirement savings plan for only the highest-paid executives in the tax-exempt sector. They are mostly employed in hospitals, universities, and credit unions.

A 457(f) is a supplement to a 457(b). Employers make additional contributions to the employee's account, beyond the usual limits. These are negotiated by contract and amount to a deferred salary adjustment.

If the executive resigns before an established vesting period, the 457(f) contribution disappears. The plan is intended as an executive retention strategy, commonly known as "golden handcuffs."

Is a 457(b) Plan Better Than a 401(k) Plan?

For all intents and purposes, a 457(b) is just as good as a 401(k) plan. If you're employer is a public agency or a nonprofit, it's probably your best option for retirement savings.

Assuming you opt for a traditional plan rather than a Roth plan, you'll be lowering your taxable income from year to year while plunking that money into a long-term investment account. The money won't be taxed until you retire and start taking withdrawals.

(If it's a Roth, you'll pay the taxes up front and usually will owe no taxes on the money you deposited or the profits it earns over the years.)

On the downside, your contributions will probably not be matched by your employer. But that's just reality in the nonprofit sector, not a rule of the plan.

How and When Can I Make Withdrawals From My 457(b) Account?

One advantage of a 457(b) is that you can take early withdrawals without paying a tax penalty for any "unforeseeable emergency." This isn't a good idea, since you're plundering your retirement savings, but unforeseeable emergencies do happen. And, you'll owe income tax for that year on the amount you withdraw.

The required minimum distribution (RMD) you must take is determined by an IRS worksheet. An RMD is a minimum amount that must be withdrawn from certain retirement plans, like a 457(b), each year once you reach a certain age. If you were born between 1951 and 1959, the age is 73. If you were born in 1960 or after, the age is 75. This is an increase from the previous age of 72.

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Killexams : ChatGPT Plus is here — and it has Google in its sights

There have been rumors of a “Professional Plan” ChatGPT for a while now, with one user, Zahid Khawaja, even showing off the capabilities of this premium version of the chatbot AI on Twitter. But now it’s official — and it’s called ChatGPT Plus.

In a blog post today, ChatGPT creator OpenAI (opens in new tab) confirmed that it will now offer a paid subscription version of the popular chatbot for $20 a month. ChatGPT Plus will only be available in the U.S. for now, with plans to expand in the future. To subscribe to the premium version of ChatGPT, you will need to join the waitlist (opens in new tab) and wait for OpenAI to offer you a subscription.  

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 07:53:00 -0600 en text/html https://www.tomsguide.com/news/chatgpt-plus-is-here-and-it-has-google-in-its-sights
Killexams : Best Cellphone Plans of 2023: Our Top Picks

Picking or changing a phone plan isn't easy. There are a host of options from the three main players, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon; as well as an exponentially larger assortment from prepaid and smaller, MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) options like Mint Mobile, Visible, Google Fi and more. Sorting through it all is a hassle, which could very well be why you're paying more for service you don't need -- or are not maximizing what you are paying to get the best value for your money. 

Let's try and fix that. We've been covering the latest in wireless plans across a host of providers and plans -- from breaking down how to switch carriers, to the top unlimited and prepaid plans to knowing which network the smaller carriers use. Here is our guide for sorting through the madness and some of our picks for what we think are the best unlimited and prepaid plans available right now. 

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What's the difference between "prepaid" and "postpaid" plans?

When choosing a phone plan there are generally two main options: a postpaid carrier like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile (plus cable options like Spectrum Mobile and Xfinity Mobile) and prepaid providers such as Mint Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Google Fi and Cricket. 

The difference boils down to this: With postpaid you are paying for your plan after you've used your service, while prepaid lets you buy that allotment in advance. 

Prepaid providers are generally cheaper than postpaid options, though they also often (but not always) are more limited when it comes to additional streaming perks, hotspot data or device discounts. To get a several hundred dollar trade-in credit toward a new iPhone, Pixel or Galaxy, you often will need to commit to a postpaid plan from one of the big three carriers and be willing to stay with that provider for 24 to 36 months. 

All three of the major wireless carriers also offer a variety of discounts on the plan pricing depending on age, employment, military or veteran status or if you or someone on your family plan are a nurse, teacher or first responder. You can find those details here: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon

Look at a zoomed-out map of the US on AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon's respective websites and you'll likely see it pretty well colored in by their respective color. Zooming in is where things get a bit more complicated, which is why we can't offer blanket recommendations for one carrier over another. T-Mobile's service in New York may be excellent, but if you're in a rural area in Colorado, Verizon could be more reliable. 

All three, however, offer 5G and ever-increasing coverage and data speeds as they all ramp up deployments of the latest wireless flavor. It's quite possible that a decade ago you left a network complaining about its weak service, but now it's beefed itself up because of that race to acquire customers.

This is also why we recommend talking to friends, family or colleagues that have a different provider where you live, as locally your mileage may vary. You could also go to a carrier's store and see if it offers any free ways to try out the service before switching over, such as T-Mobile's Network Pass. Verizon now offers a similar 30-day "Test Drive" program, while the Cricket prepaid service has rolled out its own trial program that lets you demo parent AT&T's network.

As for the smaller carriers, they often use the networks of the larger providers. This includes the prepaid options owned by the big carriers (AT&T owns Cricket, Verizon owns Tracfone, T-Mobile owns Metro) as well as smaller options like Mint Mobile (which runs on T-Mobile), Google Fi (which runs on T-Mobile and US Cellular) and Boost Mobile (which runs on AT&T, T-Mobile and parent company Dish's 5G networks). We explain this all in more detail here

If you're on T-Mobile, all of your plans are unlimited, and Verizon no longer lets new users sign up for a shared data plan. Only AT&T still offers some tiered data plans and... it's not great.

It has a 4GB-per-line plan that runs $50 a month for one line ($160 for four lines). Each line here gets 4GB of data, but if you go over that threshold in a month you're paying $10 for every 2GB. AT&T's plan also does not include access to its 5G networks. 

Although everyone's wireless needs are different, for most we think unlimited plans make the most sense, especially when it comes to choosing a new plan. 

AT&T's basic unlimited plan, called Unlimited Starter, is $65 a month for one line or $140 for four lines. 
If you have one or two lines and don't use a lot of data, you may be fine with one of these plans, though if you have just one line we'd recommend switching over to AT&T's $50-per-month Value Plus option or T-Mobile's Base Essentials. Two lines of that T-Mobile plan runs $80 a month, which is $10 cheaper than two lines of AT&T's 4GB plan and comes without the worry of navigating how much data you use. 

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T-Mobile has a cheaper unlimited plan for those who don't need three or more lines. Called Base Essentials, this plan has unlimited talk, text and data including 5G. While the data is unlimited, only the first 20GB each month are at high speed -- if you go over that threshold, your speeds will slow to 1.5Mbps for the remainder of your billing period. 

While perks like free Netflix or the bundling of taxes and fees into the sticker price are not included, you do get unlimited hotspot at "3G speeds," a free year of Paramount Plus, and unlimited talk, text and 2G data in Mexico and Canada. 

Priced at $5 less per month for a single line than AT&T's Value Plus plan, this could be a solid option for those looking for a single line without frills. The carrier also allows for multiple lines via this plan, with two lines running $80 a month (if you need three or more you may want to look at one of T-Mobile's other plans, which could be cheaper thanks to various promotions the carrier regularly runs). 

T-Mobile keeps this plan surprisingly under wraps, but you can find it by heading to the "Plans" section of its website and clicking "lowest priced plan." 

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Those looking to save the most on unlimited service from the major carriers may be best with T-Mobile's Essentials. Unlimited talk, text and data are included for all of the carrier's base unlimited plans. In this price-focused comparison, T-Mobile's option comes in at $60 for a single line, $5 a month cheaper than AT&T's Unlimited Starter and $10 less than Verizon's 5G Start. 

In addition to being $5 less than AT&T's option, T-Mobile's Essentials includes unlimited mobile hotspot (albeit at slower "3G speeds"), giving you a little more flexibility. All three carriers offer 5G access with their base plans. We should note that Verizon's 5G Start doesn't support its fastest forms of 5G.

You can always reevaluate your options as the three major carriers roll out the latest updates to their respective 5G networks over the next couple of years. 

The savings of T-Mobile's plan also become more pronounced the more lines you add. Two lines of Essentials is $90 a month, while a similar offering from AT&T or Verizon runs $120 a month. Three lines will also run $90 at T-Mobile thanks to a promotion, compared to $135 monthly at AT&T or Verizon. The four-line option is $100 at T-Mobile, compared to $140 at the other carriers. 

These prices do come with a couple of caveats: Unlike T-Mobile's Magenta or Magenta Max plans, taxes and fees are not included in any of these prices, making the final total a little higher. All the deals also require that you set up AutoPay and paperless billing.

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If you're looking for freebies with your wireless service, Verizon has one of the most aggressive bundles out there with its Play More plan ($80 a month for one line; $45 a month if you have four lines, you aren't bringing your own phone and you're switching to the carrier). 

Verizon's Play More plan includes unlimited talk, text and data and 25GB of higher-speed 5G and 4G LTE hotspot data. Among the perks are a free subscription to the Disney bundle (Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu) and either Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass.

All told, the perks quickly add up if you use any of these services. The Disney bundle normally runs $14 a month, and Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass each cost $5. 

That's potentially $19 a month in services. Verizon offers these benefits as part of its Play More and Get More plans, but for most people, the Play More choice is the best fit. Get More runs an extra $10 a month ($90 a month for a single line, $220 a month for four lines) and adds an extra 25GB of high-speed hotspot data, 50% off a connected device (like a monthly plan for tablet or smartwatch) and 600GB of Verizon's Cloud Storage. Get More also includes a subscription to Apple Music, normally $10 a month. 

Something to note: These perks are often limited to one per account, so only one line on a family plan would qualify to open a Disney Plus account and get it covered by the carrier. 

Verizon also lets you mix and match plans when you have multiple lines. 

If you have four people on your family plan, only one needs to have Play More to get the perks for the whole family. The rest can be on the cheaper 5G Start, which would make four lines $140 a month -- as opposed to $180 a month if all four lines have Play More. 

You can also combine these plans with Verizon's other discounts for teachers, nurses, military and first responders to save a bit more. 

Lastly, Verizon has a "One Unlimited for iPhone" plan geared toward Apple fans that includes the Apple One bundle (Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and iCloud storage). The pricing on that plan ($90 per month for one line, $200 a month for four lines) is higher than Play More, however, and the One plan lacks the ability to put other lines onto cheaper plans. Combining those two factors makes this option a worse deal than the Play More plan. 

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Boost Mobile has added an unlimited plan that offers unlimited talk, text and data to new users for $25 per month with taxes and fees included. Unlike Mint Mobile's 12-month plan, our previous pick in this slot, Boost's plan isn't tied to 12-month increments. You do, however, need to be a new Boost customer to get this offer. 

The plan includes 5G access and 30GB per month of high-speed data (if you blow through that, your data will slow until your next billing month starts). Hotspot is included as well, with that data pulling from your high-speed allotment. One thing worth noting: You need to set up automatic payments to get the $25-per-month rate. 

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Google's cellphone service got a pricing revamp that makes it a much more appealing alternative to major providers. For a family of four, you can now get its Simply Unlimited plan for $80 per month ($20 per month, per line) which includes not only unlimited talk, text and data but also 5GB of mobile hotspot access. There also is free roaming in Canada and Mexico, though taxes and fees are not included in the sticker price. 

Google Fi runs on T-Mobile's and US Cellular's networks and its service includes 5G access, though we should note that iPhones running on Google Fi can't use 5G.

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When it comes to data under 10GB, Mint once again has the best value if T-Mobile's network is solid in your area. Whereas Metro and Cricket charge $40 per month for one line and Boost has a $35 plan for 10GB of data, Mint beats them all on price. 

Getting 10GB of 4G LTE/5G monthly data is $20 per month at Mint when purchased in 12-month increments for new users. After that, you can buy three more months at $35 per month ($105 total), six months at $25 per month ($150 total) or another year at $20 per month ($240 total). 

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If you're looking for service for a backup phone that's rarely used, TextNow has a free plan. Running on T-Mobile's network, the service offers free unlimited talk and unlimited texting, though ads are placed in its app which you use to call and text people. There isn't any data included with this option and removing the ads without adding data would run you $10 a month. If you want to watch YouTube, FaceTime, or surf the web make sure to connect to Wi-Fi. 

Text messages are also done through the company's TextNow app, not through iMessage or WhatsApp which makes sense as those services require data. 

Getting 1GB of high-speed mobile data starts at $9 a month, with the company throttling you down to "2G speeds" if you use that up before your billing cycle resets. If you are largely on Wi-Fi, this could be a good option. 2GB runs $16 a month, with the company offering up to 5GB of high-speed data for $28 a month. 

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Killexams : 'Married at First Sight' Wedding Planner Dishes on Upcoming Nuptials - Exclusive

The planner behind the weddings on Lifetime's Married at First Sight has opened up about what the process is like behind the scenes.

In a new clip, released exclusively to Newsweek ahead of the season 16 weddings, celebrity event planner Slomique Hawrylo reveals how she has been tasked with planning five weddings over just three days.

Married at First Sight, also known as MAFS, returned to screens at the start of the year for a brand new season, with 10 new singletons signing up to be matched with their new spouses by a panel of experts.

Despite the unusual setup—MAFS contestants don't actually meet their significant others until they're at the altar—the couples do take part in all the usual wedding traditions, such as the big white dress, smart suits and a gorgeous venue.

"Married At First Sight" Season 16's Clint and Gina pictured at their wedding. The show's wedding planner has revealed what the process is like behind the scenes. Matthew Kahn Photography/Lifetime

This season's couples are Shaquille and Kirsten, Clint and Gina, Christopher and Nicole, Domynique and Mackinley, and Airris and Jasmine, with all of this year's couples being based in Nashville, Tennessee.

In the clip, Hawrylo introduces herself to viewers, before saying: "We are in Nashville, Tennessee, where we are planning five weddings in three days."

Throughout the video, we see clips of a wedding venue being decorated with flowers and cakes, and helpers can be seen putting the finishing touches to make the room look perfect.

Revealing how putting together the MAFS weddings compares to planning more traditional ceremonies, where the bride and groom know who they are marrying, Hawrylo says: "Actually, planning a wedding that's not on television is a lot harder, [there are] a lot of opinions, a lot of thoughts...I'm not able to be as creative."

Hawrylo continues, revealing how the contestants are involved in the planning of their big day—despite not knowing who they are actually marrying.

"Every bride and groom has a lot of say on their wedding, they pretty much tell me [what they want], from cake, to flowers, to design. It's important that I capture the bride and groom," she says.

Explaining why it's so important to tell the bride and grooms' stories, Hawrylo says that it is to ensure that "when they walk down the aisle, [the wedding] is at least familiar to them, even though their spouse is not."

"My secret sauce to putting this together in two weeks is the locals!" Hawrylo adds, praising the vendors in Nashville for helping to show the best of what the city has to offer in the short time they have to plan the weddings.

Domynique and Mackinley from "Married At First Sight" Season 16 pictured on their wedding day. The weddings will play out over the next two episodes of the Lifetime show. Autumn Moultry/Lifetime

The MAFS Season 16 weddings will air over the January 18 and January 25 episodes. Cameras will then continue to follow the contestants as they navigate their new lives together as married couples.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Pastor Calvin Roberson, DeVon Franklin and Dr. Pia Holec are this season's matchmakers, but only time will tell whether they have made successful matches.

Married at First Sight, produced by Kinetic Content, airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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