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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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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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