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Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Here's something you probably weren't expecting: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have announced that they're all joining forces. No, they aren't coming together to summon some kind of 4G LTE demon that will end the world as we know it, but rather to work on a new mobile authentication solution. The new group they've formed is called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, and while that name may be a bit silly, the group serves an important purpose.

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Galaxy Note 8 release date, pre-release info, and carriers

Galaxy Note 8 release date, pre-release info, and carriers

Today Samsung revealed the release date, pre-release date, and mobile carrier info for the Galaxy Note 8. This includes Verizon, T-Mobile USA, AT&T, and Sprint - as well as the all-encompassing unlocked, SIM-free edition. This information comes amid our own first hands-on with the Galaxy Note 8, which includes one whole heck of a lot of info!

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Essential Phone ships next week: Here’s how to get one

Essential Phone ships next week: Here’s how to get one

After weeks of hearing Essential promising that a release date was just around the corner, we now finally know when the Essential Phone will be available for order. Just one day after shipping notifications started going out to those who reserved an Essential Phone, the company announced that the phone is available today. If you're interested in picking one up, there are a few places where you'll be able to find the Essential Phone.

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Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod detailed: the world from all angles

Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod detailed: the world from all angles

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed the Moto Z2 Force Edition alongside a Moto Mod that sees the world from all angles. This is the Moto Mod called "Moto 360 Camera", and we've seen it before - albeit very briefly. This piece of work delivers spherical video with two lenses that, together, create a 4K-sized video captured at 24-frames per second.

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The Essential Phone just made a huge carrier mistake

The Essential Phone just made a huge carrier mistake

The Essential Phone may have made a huge misstep, with Andy Rubin showing that, while he knows how to make a slick phone, he may be behind the curve on carrier sentiment. Launched to no small amount of fanfare in late May, the Android smartphone puts refined design, cutting-edge technology, and modular extensibility at the fore. However, the bad news chaser is the network it'll be an in-store carrier exclusive with.

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HTC U11: Everything you need to know

HTC U11: Everything you need to know

While you were probably sleeping, HTC took the covers off the new HTC U11. The company's latest flagship Android smartphone borrows the style of the U Ultra but promises to address the spec complaints many of us had about that phablet too. Here's what you need to know about the U11.

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HTC U11 price, carrier, and SIM-free details: What you need to know

HTC U11 price, carrier, and SIM-free details: What you need to know

So you've seen the new HTC U11, you've fallen in love with its curvaceous glass body, and you want to get your hands on one. Luckily for you, we've got all the availability details you need, though you might not like them. Turns out, there's good news and bad for HTC's big flagship of 2017.

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HTC U11 hands-on: The Android flagship you want to squeeze

HTC U11 hands-on: The Android flagship you want to squeeze

There's a lot riding on the HTC U11, the company's new flagship Android smartphone. As the name makes abundantly clear, the U11 is a phone which straddles the gap between two of HTC's existing lines. On the one hand, it's the successor to last year's HTC 10. At the same time, though, it's also part of the U series, borrowing liberally from the aesthetic of the HTC U Ultra launched earlier this year.

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Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

Sprint, T-Mobile once again discussing possible merger

It's been a few years now since US mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile held negotiations over a merger between the two companies, only to eventually be shut down by government regulators. But now that some time has passed, along with a freeze on such discussions due to the recent spectrum auction, Sprint's parent SoftBank and T-Mobile's parent Deutsche Telekom AG are looking to revive their merger talks.

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Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Each carrier has its share of drawbacks, but with Sprint, one of those drawbacks can certainly be network coverage. While Sprint usually offers the least expensive service, coverage can often leave something to be desired. If you find yourself in this position frequently, you may want to have a look at Sprint's new Magic Box network extender.

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Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google announced today that they were one step closer to "delivering RCS messaging to Android users worldwide." To this end, they've tapped into partnerships with Orange, Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile), and Globe. These companies are officially "committed to launching RCS messaging powered by the Jibe RCS cloud from Google and will be preloading Android Messages as the standard native messaging app for their subscribers."

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T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

Today we're hearing a whopper of a rumor that could have pretty big implications for the US carrier space. SoftBank is apparently eager to see Sprint, one of its subsidiaries, merge with T-Mobile, but resistance from T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom would make such a merger difficult. With Deutsche Telekom unwilling to sell its stake in T-Mobile, it sounds like SoftBank is prepared to put a lot on the line - namely, giving up its majority share in Sprint.

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