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Arlo Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi Security Camera gives us a peek at where 5G is headed

Arlo Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi Security Camera gives us a peek at where 5G is headed

With an internal rechargeable battery system and 4G LTE connectivity, a new camera from Arlo and Verizon aims to make remote security monitoring slightly easier for consumers. The device has a rather to-the-point name: Arlo Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi Security Camera, and a to-the-point purpose. Connected with a 4G LTE cellular plan, Verizon sells this camera to users that want to keep an eye on locations that wouldn't otherwise have a simple solution for personal security.

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AT&T is powering a unique IoT system: Cows connected with smart sensors

AT&T is powering a unique IoT system: Cows connected with smart sensors

AT&T is using its 5G network to power a unique type of connected device designed specifically for dairy farmers. The hardware comes from smaXtec, which describes it as a small smart sensor that cows physically swallow. The sensor stays in the cow's first stomach where it monitors the animal's health and provides the data to farmers.

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This new FCC mobile broadband map compares carrier coverage claims

This new FCC mobile broadband map compares carrier coverage claims

Confusing cellphone coverage maps with misleading graphics and incomprehensible claims may be getting its comeuppance, with the FCC launching its first mobile broadband map to help consumers figure out what service they're actually likely to get. While cellular networks have been steadily improving, particularly with the arrival of 5G, it's still fair to say that carrier maps tend to be more promotional than educational.

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T-Mobile customers have to opt-out of new advertisement scheme

T-Mobile customers have to opt-out of new advertisement scheme

Anyone who uses T-Mobile for their mobile phone service should be aware that the carrier has announced it will automatically enroll subscribers in an advertising program if they don't opt-out. The advertising program would serve ads to the users based on their online activity. The first indication of T-Mobile's plan came from a recent update to its privacy policy.

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Google Area 120 Orion WiFi shifts phones to WiFi when cellular is weak

Google Area 120 Orion WiFi shifts phones to WiFi when cellular is weak

It isn't unusual that we lose our cellular signals in certain places, be it indoors because of structural impediments or outdoors for one reason or another. There's a reason why some establishments offer free public Wi-Fi to keep visitors happy, but the hassle of figuring out which ones are safe to connect to makes them sad anyway. That's why Google's Area 120 skunkworks arm is launching Orion WiFi that can automatically and seamlessly connect you to such WiFi access points, but with a slight commercial twist that could interest network carriers.

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New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

A new version of the Pandora app for Apple Watch was launched that requires no assistance from an iPhone or iPad or smartphone of any sort. This app is what's called a "standalone" app for Apple Watch, meaning Pandora's claim for "on the go" functionality is about as true as it's ever going to get. This app allows music and podcasts to be played on Apple Watch devices right out the gate.

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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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Nest Secure cellular backup taps T-Mobile for coverage [UPDATE on pricing]

Nest Secure cellular backup taps T-Mobile for coverage [UPDATE on pricing]

This week the folks at Nest announced that their exclusive cellular backup provider for Nest Secure will be T-Mobile USA. At the same time, the folks at T-Mobile USA announced their plans to sell a Nest security package. With one and the other, Nest will have a backup for when users' power is out or their Wi-fi becomes disconnected - riding on T-Mobile's carrier coverage across the USA.

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T-Mobile calls out Verizon with its latest switcher promotion

T-Mobile calls out Verizon with its latest switcher promotion

T-Mobile has announced a new switcher promotion as part of its "summer celebration" and it's aimed directly at pulling people away from Verizon. This latest deal has all the trappings of typical switcher promotions - T-Mobile will pay the remaining balance on your device, hook you up with a new plan, and let you add additional lines at a discount. However, this promotion has one major offer we don't see that often: T-Mobile will let you keep your phone.

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Republic Wireless lures new Android customers with six free months

Republic Wireless lures new Android customers with six free months

Republic Wireless is trying to lure in new subscribers by offering a special promotion wherein the first six months are free. The promotion comes with limitations and requirements, of course, the primary one being that you'll have to bring your own Android smartphone to the service. If you do so, as well as claim the promotion, Republic Wireless will give you up to 2GB of 4G LTE for free for the first six-months of your stay at the carrier.

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AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

We knew it was coming, but now AT&T has made it official: the carrier's 2G network is no more. AT&T announced this week that it has shut down its 2G network, a move that's been years in the making. The kicker is that the shutdown happened without most people even realizing it, as AT&T said the network has been inactive since January 1.

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AT&T Wi-Fi calling on Android continues rally away from cellular

AT&T Wi-Fi calling on Android continues rally away from cellular

The end of cellular phone call service is coming. AT&T's Wi-Fi calling and text messaging is the next step towards that goal. While it may not be the intent of mobile device carriers to move completely away from cellular service, that is indeed the trend. AT&T's latest move is to enable Wi-Fi Calling on "select Android devices" - for now that includes the LG G4 and a variety of iPhone devices only.

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