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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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T-Mobile and Sprint merger official: $26bn 5G combo

T-Mobile and Sprint merger official: $26bn 5G combo

T-Mobile and Sprint have announced plans to merge, with the two US carriers combining for a concerted push into 5G. The deal, which has been rumored for some time though gained extra traction at the tail-end of last week, will see T-Mobile US CEO John Legere leading a new T-Mobile. The deal values Sprint at approximately $59 billion, and will be worth $26bn in stock.

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After Huawei’s Best Buy snub, now the FCC may make things worse

After Huawei’s Best Buy snub, now the FCC may make things worse

Huawei's US struggles could grow even further, with reports that the FCC is considering new rules that would actively dissuade carriers from using the Chinese company's products. The claims follow leaks earlier this week, which suggested retail behemoth Best Buy - one of a handful of stores offering Huawei's smartphones, in addition to other products - was planning to cease sales of the brand in the coming weeks.

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US carriers want to handle your two-factor authentication

US carriers want to handle your two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication or 2FA is definitely a lot better than a naked password, but not all 2FA methods are created equal. SMS, which is actually the default many 2FA systems use, has been criticized for being more of a liability than a security option. Now the four major US carriers, often viciously competing with other, are now working together to develop a 2FA platform that will rely on your phone, phone number, and other factors, so that you will rely on them rather than third-party apps for your 2FA needs.

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Xiaomi still coming to the US but it doesn’t matter anymore

Xiaomi still coming to the US but it doesn’t matter anymore

A few years back, Chinese OEMs outside of Huawei and, to a lesser extent, ZTE, barely made a blip on the US smartphone market radar. One name, however, continued to pop up over and over again: Xiaomi. Younger than many of these other companies, Xiaomi was making miracles over at China, with sales and rabid fans that were immediately compared to Apple. Xiaomi grew to actually threaten not just Apple but also Samsung and even its own compatriots. Fast forward to today, there is still not a single Xiaomi phone available in the US. They’re still coming, assures Wang Xiang, Xiaomi’s new international business chief. When it does, however, its arrival might make less noise than expected, for reasons both within and beyond its control.

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This Galaxy S9 trade-in deal is unexpectedly good

This Galaxy S9 trade-in deal is unexpectedly good

With Galaxy S9 and S9+ preorders opening on March 2, there are plenty of deals around for those looking to trade in their old phone and upgrade. Samsung is keen to get that old Galaxy S8 out of your pocket and replace it with a shiny new Galaxy S9 instead, but it won't argue if you're upgrading from another Android phone or even an iPhone, too.

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Qualcomm 5G aims for biggest brands in mobile gadgetry

Qualcomm 5G aims for biggest brands in mobile gadgetry

Qualcomm is celebrating something of a win today. As we're barreling toward a 5G future, Qualcomm has been attempting to sell its OEM partners on its Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family. The company unsuprisingly wants this hardware at the center of the first 5G devices we'll see roll out over the next couple of years. Today, Qualcomm announced a fairly major victory on that front.

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Android P might let carriers control LTE signal bars

Android P might let carriers control LTE signal bars

The Wi-Fi and cellular icons on Android aren’t just there to simply show whether you’re connected or not. It might be subtle, but they also give users a hint of the quality of their network connections. Users might take it for granted, but arriving at that representation isn’t just simple math. By next year, however, it might get even more complicated. Commits in the Android Open Source Project or AOSP reveal that the next Android release might give carriers the ability to define the signal strength show in those bars, which could put into question how accurate their representation might be.

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Trump nationwide 5G network mulled but FCC chief isn’t happy

Trump nationwide 5G network mulled but FCC chief isn’t happy

The US government is considering seizing the spectrum to build a nationwide 5G network, new leaks suggest, though Trump's own FCC chief strongly opposes the plans. 5G, or fifth-generation, networks are the next step in not only mobile broadband, promising much greater speeds than today's 4G LTE networks, but more ubiquitous connectivity in general, as more and more devices join the Internet of Things (IoT).

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T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile USA appears to have dominated the latest batch of mobile data tests from the folks at OpenSignal, beating out bigger names like Verizon and AT&T in the process. How could this have happened, and at what point did T-Mobile begin delivering more reliable and speedier mobile data than their competitors? If T-Mobile's service is so good, why don't they have more customers than their competitors? Is it the advertising, maybe the phones they've got available - or is it something more subtle, like the shade of pink they're using?

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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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