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Google Fi is relaxing data limits temporarily

Google Fi is relaxing data limits temporarily

The Internet has never become more critical than it has been until these past weeks. Social distancing has forced many interactions and activities to be moved online. Naturally, that means using up more data than you normally would have in a given period. Normally, that leads to higher fees or slower speeds when you hit data caps. Following the lead of major US carriers, Google Fi is now announcing its own changes to its policies, including increasing limits but only temporarily.

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T-Mobile Sprint merger is complete: Here’s what to expect next

T-Mobile Sprint merger is complete: Here’s what to expect next

The T-Mobile merger with Sprint is complete, leaving John Legere has a lot more free time on his hands and subscribers awaiting the promised huge increase in 5G coverage. It brings to an end a protracted period of regulatory attention, controversy among consumer rights advocates, and big boasts from T-Mobile itself.

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T-Mobile $15/mo plan launches early over coronavirus

T-Mobile $15/mo plan launches early over coronavirus

T-Mobile has pulled forward the launch of its cheapest smartphone plan, slicing months off the timeline to offer $15 per month service. The launch - which also sees a new Metro by T-Mobile plan arriving - comes as many Americans find themselves working from home, furloughed, or unemployed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lynk just sent a text message – here’s why that’s a huge milestone

Lynk just sent a text message – here’s why that’s a huge milestone

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the humble text message is just about as mundane as telecoms tech gets right now, but startup Lynk is aiming to correct that assumption. The company has become the first to directly send a text message from an orbiting satellite to a standard cellphone back on Earth, and it turns out that's a big deal - and a huge challenge.

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AT&T data caps temporarily lifted to help COVID-19 countermeasures

AT&T data caps temporarily lifted to help COVID-19 countermeasures

Access to the Internet has proved to be more than just a luxury as cities or even whole countries lock themselves down to prevent the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 virus. Work and schools are moving their activities online and social media and messaging have become the only ways people can safely keep in touch. In the US, however, consumers are facing concerns that their increased Internet use may also increase their expenses. Fortunately for AT&T subscribers, that won't be the case, at least during the coronavirus crisis.

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Verizon launches Yahoo Mobile plan with ad-free Yahoo mail

Verizon launches Yahoo Mobile plan with ad-free Yahoo mail

When Verizon bought up Yahoo in 2017, there was a lot of question about what it would do with the declining web company. After merging some portions of Yahoo with AOL and shutting down others, Verizon is ready to put the name to use, today announcing the launch of Yahoo Mobile. Yahoo Mobile seems to be a new prepaid plan that combines services from both Verizon and Yahoo in one package.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

5G is big in mobile but that's not the only place it'll be in, naturally. Desktop and laptop computers are also fair game but only if they have the hardware to slurp from that high-speed network. Most will use external peripherals but Qualcomm is, of course, pushing a new breed of Always On, Always Connected PCs that this year will gain the ability to tap into 5G networks. And to reassure future buyers that they will be getting their money's worth, the chipmaker is listing which network operators will be supporting Snapdragon-powered 5G PCs when they launch this year.

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Android 11 prepares phones for 5 different states of 5G

Android 11 prepares phones for 5 different states of 5G

Today we get our first major glimpse of what Google developers are doing to prepare Android 11 (or Android R) for 5G connectivity. We see the next-generation operating system update with the Android 11 Developer Preview, a bit of software that was just released for app developers today. With 5G, the Android experience expands in a number of exciting ways - but it begins at the base, with features like "dynamic meteredness" and a newly updated bandwidth estimator API.

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Get ready for Galaxy S20 5G confusion – the carrier conundrum [UPDATE]

Get ready for Galaxy S20 5G confusion – the carrier conundrum [UPDATE]

Samsung is counting on 2020 to be the year of 5G, and the Galaxy S20 family to ride that high-speed wireless wave, but don't expect it to be entirely confusion-free. For the first time, all versions of the flagship Galaxy series will be 5G out of the gate; problem is, not all 5G is created equal.

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T-Mobile and Sprint merger approved by federal judge, 5G in the wings

T-Mobile and Sprint merger approved by federal judge, 5G in the wings

T-Mobile and Sprint are one step closer to becoming one company today after a federal judge ruled in favor of their proposed merger. Though this was an encouraging ruling for the executives at both T-Mobile and Sprint, they aren't out of the woods yet, as the California Public Utilities Commission still needs to approve the merger before it becomes a done deal.

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T-Mobile and Sprint merger might clear last legal hurdle this week

T-Mobile and Sprint merger might clear last legal hurdle this week

It has been a little over two years in the making but the two companies' ordeal might finally be over. Whether or not the merger of two of the US' biggest wireless carriers is still left to be seen but, as far as the federal government is concerned, there might no longer be any legal impediment to Sprint and T-Mobile's merger. That is the favorable decision that a federal judge is expected to give though it doesn't indicate what other concessions the companies had to make to get that.

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Pokemon GO with 5G clues points to enhanced legendary event

Pokemon GO with 5G clues points to enhanced legendary event

Puzzle pieces dropped by Niantic, 5G data carriers, and Qualcomm over the past couple of years point to a near-inevitable epic event. Given the products and services we've seen confirmed by the various companies involved, it would appear that Niantic is working on making a legendary event a reality. That event includes Pokemon GO gameplay in augmented and/or mixed reality and a potential inclusion of brand new hardware, enabling and surpassing the mythical event shown in one of the very first official videos made for the game Pokemon GO.

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