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New Motorola Razr is eSIM-only: Here’s what that means

New Motorola Razr is eSIM-only: Here’s what that means

The newest Motorola smartphone Moto Razr 2019 was revealed on November 13, 2019, with no SIM card. No physical SIM card, that is to say. There's SIM functionality in this device, but it's embedded in a piece of hardware soldered to the device's motherboard. That means that you can't just go buying this phone from Verizon then switch over to another carrier with a quick flip of the SIM card - because there is no SIM card.

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Verizon Stream TV 4K set-top box is free for new 5G Home customers

Verizon Stream TV 4K set-top box is free for new 5G Home customers

Verizon has launched its new Stream TV, a set-top box running Android TV that supports 4K Ultra HD video and includes a Google Assistant voice remote. The box is being offered for free to new Verizon 5G Home customers alongside a free month of YouTube TV service, but there's a big downside that will make it less than useable for many customers: lack of Netflix support.

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ZTE Blade 10 Prime and Blade A7 Prime available in the US via Visible

ZTE Blade 10 Prime and Blade A7 Prime available in the US via Visible

ZTE was the first recipient of the US government's wrath but, unlike Huawei, ZTE was forced to quickly bend the knee. Now that nightmare is far behind it and it is back in business. It has even reinstated its partnership with US carriers, like the Verizon-owned Visible. As proof of that, the two have just announced two new phones that try to address the mobile needs of those with very constrained budgets.

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Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile partner on cross-carrier messaging built on RCS

Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile partner on cross-carrier messaging built on RCS

While the big four carriers in the US typically spend their time bashing one another in press releases, today they've announced a new team up to work on cross-carrier messaging. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint revealed what's officially called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) today, which they say will help "drive the next generation of messaging for consumers and businesses."

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Verizon’s Free Disney+ 12-month sub is the same old trap

Verizon’s Free Disney+ 12-month sub is the same old trap

There are good reasons to sign up for a year of Disney Plus (or Disney+) with Verizon, but there are good reasons to skip it, too. If you're the sort of person who'd intended on signing up for Disney+ in the first place, this is a great way to get in on the deal and avoid paying $7 a month for a year. If you weren't going to subscribe in the first place, this is a great way to get something "free" only to find later that you'll need to unsubscribe after the first 12 months or face a $7-per-month fee.

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GPS Week Number Rollover part two coming for old devices next month

GPS Week Number Rollover part two coming for old devices next month

GPS, short for Global Positioning System, is almost universally known as the technology that helps tell our location in the world. What few probably know is the system is actually designed to also tell the time. GPS receivers have actually relied on this piece of data coming from satellites not only to tell time but to actually make location-based services work properly. Unfortunately, that system might be thrown into chaos for the second time this year when a second GPS Week Number Rollover hits old devices in early November.

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Verizon 5G goes live in three major sports and entertainment arenas

Verizon 5G goes live in three major sports and entertainment arenas

Verizon Wireless has announced that its 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live in three big sports and entertainment arenas in Denver, San Francisco, and Phoenix. The service will be expanded to cover a total of 10 arenas in coming months, according to the company, which is working to bring its ultra-fast mobile broadband to a number of big venues.

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Verizon acquires Jaunt XR tech after AT&T AR team-up

Verizon acquires Jaunt XR tech after AT&T AR team-up

You'll probably only really remember the company name Jaunt XR if you've been reading about VR (and the like) for the past half-decade. They're the people that made it possible for Paul McCartney to release a "VR" experience in an app, allowing people to view a video of a song VIA a rig of cameras from onstage. It was basically like your head was attached to a pole during a live concert - sorta neat! Now Verizon owns what Jaunt XR made.

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OnePlus phones may be available from Verizon next year

OnePlus phones may be available from Verizon next year

OnePlus may be relatively new in the game compared to fellow Chinese manufacturers but it has one important advantage over the likes of Xiaomi or Vivo or even Huawei. It is available to US buyers and, as of last year, even from T-Mobile. That's just one US carrier among many, however, and its exclusivity with one carrier may be hurting OnePlus' chances at even bigger sales in the country. Fortunately, it seems that OnePlus is moving to indeed expand its reach starting with Verizon.

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Verizon 5G Home service will be offered in all 5G mobile markets

Verizon 5G Home service will be offered in all 5G mobile markets

Verizon 5G Home, the home Internet service first announced by Verizon last year, will be available to all markets where the company offers 5G mobile service, the company revealed in a recently published investor note. The carrier's 5G rollout has been slow, meaning the majority of people interested in 5G Home aren't yet able to get the service. The good news is that things will eventually change.

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Verizon now auto-blocks robocalls for some wireless customers

Verizon now auto-blocks robocalls for some wireless customers

Following the FCC's ruling earlier this summer, Verizon has announced that it is rolling out automatic robocall blocking for Android users and offering similar functionality to iOS customers through its Call Filter app. Once live, customers will see the number of annoying robocalls they receive start to drop, as well as a 'Potential Spam' label on the incoming call screen for certain phone calls.

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Which phones let me connect to 5G in 2019?

Which phones let me connect to 5G in 2019?

New 5G network service was connected in several countries around the world in recent months before all brands had their own 5G smartphone. Some manufacturers have a single smartphone capable of connecting to 5G data speed, while other have no 5G devices whatsoever. Today we're taking a peek at the very few 5G smartphones on the market today - and we look ahead to the future, when 5G covers a much more comprehensive portion of the world.

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