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Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon has started the week by making a big announcement, revealing today that it will begin locking phones later on this year. This is somewhat surprising because Verizon has historically offered its phones unlocked from the start, putting it in distinct contrast to the three other big carriers in the US. However, this may not be as big of a change as it seems at first blush, and on the surface, Verizon has at least a somewhat justifable reason for doing so.

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iPhone X and 8 Verizon BOGO deal is complex but worth it

iPhone X and 8 Verizon BOGO deal is complex but worth it

It isn't often we see discounts on iPhones, but every once in a while, carriers like to break them out to get people in the door. Today, that carrier is Verizon, which has announced a new BOGO deal on the most recent iPhones. That offer is a little convoluted, as these carrier deals tend to be, with Verizon imposing a few different requirements in order to take advantage of it.

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iPhone X gets some tempting discounts in T-Mobile BOGO deals [Update]

iPhone X gets some tempting discounts in T-Mobile BOGO deals [Update]

T-Mobile has decided to start the year off with a buy one, get one promotion on a lot of high-end smartphones. This includes a bunch of different Android phones and most recent iPhones, which is surprising because iPhones aren't the focus of promotions too terribly often. Things get even more tempting when you realize that one of these offers applies to the iPhone X as well.

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AT&T 5G is finally bringing super-fast speeds in 2018

AT&T 5G is finally bringing super-fast speeds in 2018

Though it's probably going to be quite some time before we see 5G networks that are as easily accessible as today's 4G LTE networks, AT&T is ready to get the ball moving. The company today announced its plans to begin rolling out mobile 5G by the end of this year. We have the 3GPP's recent completion of some 5G new radio standards to thank for this move, which were defined back at the end of December.

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AT&T Huawei Mate 10 launch tipped for February 2018

AT&T Huawei Mate 10 launch tipped for February 2018

Huawei is reportedly just weeks away from its first official US carrier deal, with the AT&T Huawei Mate 10 said to be hitting store shelves in February 2018. Though the phone-maker has become one of the largest in the world, it has done so with minimal brand-recognition in the US. That will be Huawei's big challenge for the new year.

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Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile is offering Apple's iPhone for as little as $280, as long as you're okay with a refurbished phone, and it's sweetening the deal with $1 per month service. The carrier's Certified Pre-Loved iPhone will initially launch with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which will be priced from $279.99 to $399.99. They're on sale alongside full-priced, brand new models on Virgin Mobile's network.

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This 4G LTE Extender could fix your bad Verizon signal

This 4G LTE Extender could fix your bad Verizon signal

In a world with LTE Advanced and 5G just on the horizon, you'd think we'd be beyond furiously glaring at the signal bars on our smartphones and cursing poor coverage. Sadly just because carriers may be looking to next-generation networks now, that doesn't mean you'll necessarily get a decent signal at home or in the office. Now, Verizon is rolling out its new 4G LTE Network Extender 2, aiming to fill that deadspot.

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Republic Wireless Anywhere HQ is the carrier’s own smart speaker

Republic Wireless Anywhere HQ is the carrier’s own smart speaker

The wireless carrier Republic Wireless, which offers atypical service targeted at those who want as low of a bill as possible, is getting into the hardware game with the unveiling of its own smart speaker. Called Anywhere HQ, this speaker recently popped up on the carrier's website, though not many details are available at this time.

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T-Mobile Gigabit LTE goes big: What you need to know

T-Mobile Gigabit LTE goes big: What you need to know

5G may still be some way off, but the chance of getting super-speedy data service on your phone just increased significantly. T-Mobile has announced its LTE Advanced network has more than doubled since the carrier began rolling out the technology last year, with over 920 markets now served. Read on for what you need to know...

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Sprint and T-Mobile officially call off merger plans

Sprint and T-Mobile officially call off merger plans

It looks one of the largest mergers between US mobile carriers in recent history just wasn't meant to be. Both T-Mobile and Sprint have announced that they won't be moving forward with their plans, and have finally called off negotiations following months of back-and-forth discussions. The two companies have jointly stated that they were "unable to find mutually agreeable terms."

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AT&T Nighthawk mobile hotspot claims up to 2x LTE speeds

AT&T Nighthawk mobile hotspot claims up to 2x LTE speeds

AT&T has a new speedy mobile hotspot router, the AT&T Nighthawk, and while it may continue the carrier's "5G evolution" fudge, you might not mind so much when you see the speeds. The Netgear-made hotspot could deliver speeds up to twice as fast as regular LTE, AT&T claims, though there are some big provisos there too. Most importantly, it'll depend on where you are.

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T-Mobile drops unlimited LTE perk for trips to Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile drops unlimited LTE perk for trips to Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile has done a lot over the years to back-up its claim of being an "Un-carrier," offering perks and options that big rivals Verizon and AT&T don't come close to. Unfortunately the company has announced it's bringing an end to one of its more attractive perks: the free unlimited LTE service for customers traveling in Canada and Mexico.

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