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Android Q will offer carriers more power to lock down phones

Android Q will offer carriers more power to lock down phones

If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in decades, from “dumb” feature phones to smartphones, is that carriers always try to lock customers into their service. In addition to contracts, carriers also tend to lock their phones so you can’t use any other network’s SIM on them within that period. Of course, platform makers do their share in enabling this business practice and it seems that the next Android release, Android Q, will give carriers even more control in that regard.

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Those ridiculous AT&T ‘5G E’ icons are arriving on phones

Those ridiculous AT&T ‘5G E’ icons are arriving on phones

AT&T's 5G network may have gone live in a handful of locations, but don't be fooled if you see a 5G icon on your Samsung or LG smartphone: you don't actually have true 5G. The carrier has begun updating a handful of Android smartphones with its fairly misleading "5G E" symbol, which AT&T insists is a perfectly reasonable indicator that you're in "5G Evolution" coverage.

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Google Fi new full phone list: iPhone works, Androids too

Google Fi new full phone list: iPhone works, Androids too

As of this article's release, Google Fi is compatible with the iPhone - not all iPhones, but some of the newest of the new. This update comes not long after Google's opened their gates to compatibility with a large number of devices outside the devices they sell from their own stock. "Fi works on this iPhone," the message read, "but it's in beta."

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Why the OnePlus 6T works with T-Mobile, Verizon while Huawei ban remains

Why the OnePlus 6T works with T-Mobile, Verizon while Huawei ban remains

Today was a monumental day for OnePlus. With the OnePlus 6T, the company gets their first US mobile carrier release (with T-Mobile USA) at the same time as they have official Verizon certification. Today we're running down a few facts about the OnePlus 6T, including how it'll work with what carrier and why it's not banned like another China-based smartphone maker called Huawei.

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iPhone XR release: How to preorder

iPhone XR release: How to preorder

Today the iPhone XR goes on sale around the world, and we've got the details you'll need to get specific in your region and on your carrier. We're focusing on the United States here, mainly - but most details can be extrapolated to your given country and time. It all begins on October 19th at 12:01 AM Pacific Time - this morning.

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iPhone Xs Carrier Pricing Round-up: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile

iPhone Xs Carrier Pricing Round-up: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile

The new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR were revealed at Apple headquarters yesterday - today come the carrier prices. Today we're running down the various costs of this smartphone collection (two of the three), for each major carrier in the United States as well as Apple proper. You also might well want to take a peek at our giant iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max hands-on while you're at it. Wouldn't want to buy a phone without getting up close and personal.

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US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

One of the tenets of net neutrality is that all Internet data should be treated equally. In practice, this means ISPs shouldn’t give one kind of data preference over another. In other words, they shouldn’t throttle data based on what they are. With net neutrality dead (except in California), consumer advocates fear that carriers are already taking advantage of their new found freedom. That is pretty much the implication in a recently published study that points out how popular video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix are being throttled by nearly all US carriers, big or small.

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The big Note 9 deals on preorder day

The big Note 9 deals on preorder day

It's Galaxy Note 9 preorder day, and the carriers all have deals hoping to get you to put a brand new Samsung phablet into your pocket or purse. The new S Pen, bigger display, and huge battery don't come cheap, but with payment plans and some BOGO offers - along with a couple of Samsung bundles - the sting isn't quite as sharp as it could be. Read on for all the details.

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Galaxy Note 9 release date and price: The fine print

Galaxy Note 9 release date and price: The fine print

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is official, and now you need to know pricing, availability, and carrier details. The Android flagship was announced this morning in New York City, at Samsung's latest Unpacked 2018 event, and the company is wasting no time in getting it to stores, either. After all, with the new 2018 iPhone X line-up just around the corner, time is of the essence.

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OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

Despite how much consumers demand it, it’s not easy for smartphone makers to make their devices available on carriers, US or not. There are a lot of business and logistic considerations involved and, more often than not, smaller companies have a harder time getting carriers’ attention. OnePlus, however, is no longer a small company that can be ignored and it plans to step up to the challenge of making its future smartphones, especially the 5G ones, available on carriers’ shelves.

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Verizon Above Unlimited adds travel-friendly mix-&-match plan

Verizon Above Unlimited adds travel-friendly mix-&-match plan

Verizon's Unlimited plans are getting more flexible - or more confusing, depending on your viewpoint - with three different variations available, all branded as being "unlimited." Joining Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited is the freshly-announced Above Unlimited, which Verizon will allow subscribers to mix-and-match with the other tariffs on their family plan.

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LG G7 ThinQ release date: US carrier preorder details confirmed

LG G7 ThinQ release date: US carrier preorder details confirmed

The LG G7 ThinQ is official, but two big questions remain: when can you buy it, and how much will it cost? In the aftermath of LG's big reveal, carriers are wading in to give at least some of the availability details you need on this AI-savvy smartphone.

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