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Where can I get 5G data? Verizon’s 11 cities, and soon

Where can I get 5G data? Verizon’s 11 cities, and soon

Verizon's start of 5G-speed data for mobile devices - smartphones, that is - begins in the first half of this year. The company has been careful not to be too specific in giving the exact time and date of the roll-out for 5G data speeds, but has given a set of 11 markets where it'll start. In these 11 markets, 5G will be coming to pilot customers soon.

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Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review

Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review

In a matter of just a few days, we've gone from two major US carriers offering unlimited data plans to all four. After the past few years, it seems very strange to say this, but unlimited data is back. This time around, though, these plans come with a lot of caveats, and it can be hard to keep things straight between AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. So, if you're in the market for a new carrier and these unlimited plans have piqued your interest, which one should you go with? Hopefully this guide helps clear some things up.

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Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Modern WiFi is fast, but Qualcomm's latest range of chips is all about getting best performance in the increasingly crowded wireless spectrum. The new Qualcomm 802.11ax chips - one for network infrastructure like routers and cars, and another for client devices like laptops and smartphones - promise up to four times the capacity for WiFi traffic. That more efficient use of the spectrum has big potential pay-offs, with the possibility of up to 4x the throughput and longer battery life from your device overall.

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Verizon’s Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know

Verizon’s Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know

In case you missed the news, Verizon has decided to bring back unlimited data plans. The largest wireless carrier in the US has likely been feeling the pressure from T-Mobile and Sprint's own unlimited plans. Of course, these days "unlimited" seems to mean "limited in these specific and annoying ways," so is the same true for Verizon's plan? Here's everything you need to know.

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B&O’s BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones are stunning

B&O’s BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones are stunning

B&O BeoPlay was always meant to be the affordable line compared to Bang & Olufsen's eye-wateringly expensive regular products, and finally there's a set of wireless headphones that appear to have got the message. The BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones join 2015's BeoPlay H7 model, which were widely praised for their style but criticized for their $449 launch price. Now, there's a considerably cheaper option.

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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

The new Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX headphones, delayed from last year, will finally be hitting store shelves this month it's been confirmed today. Announced back in September 2016, the wireless headphones were meant to land in the fall, but were postponed for unexplained reasons. Now, Apple-owned Beats has confirmed exactly when we'll be able to buy them, and the good news is that there's not long to wait.

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Comcast says its mobile phone service will launch this year

Comcast says its mobile phone service will launch this year

Back in September, we heard rumor that Comcast would be introducing its mobile phone service in 2017, and now we have confirmation of that from company CEO Brian Roberts. Details for the plan were given during Comcast’s earnings call today, during which Roberts revealed that the company’s ‘wireless product’ launch is a ‘priority’ this year. While pricing and launch date weren't provided, the earnings call did shed some light on Comcast's focus and larger plans.

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QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

Apple's AirPods have made untethered Bluetooth earbuds mainstream, but the design itself -- that is, two untethered wireless ear pieces -- has been around for years. Go back far enough, and you'll find early models like the Sennheiser MX W1, a pair of big, clunky but functional earbuds that provided stereo audio without a wire tethering them together. As technology improves and prices substantially drop (the MX W1 retailed for $600 new), we've seen earbuds of this sort with increased frequency, and joining them are the QCY Q29 pair.

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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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T-Mobile’s latest move simplifies your bill, credits you for low data usage

T-Mobile’s latest move simplifies your bill, credits you for low data usage

T-Mobile is once again making a move to differentiate itself from the rest of the big carriers in the US. The latest addition to its Uncarrier initiative may not be as attention grabbing as something like DIGITS was when it was revealed last month, but it's still a consumer-friendly move. Later on this month, new customers signing up for T-Mobile's ONE plan will find that their monthly bill is a lot less crowded than bills from the other carriers.

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Earin’s M-2 Earbuds challenge Apple AirPods for wireless dominance

Earin’s M-2 Earbuds challenge Apple AirPods for wireless dominance

Earin is looking to follow up on its M-1 wireless earbuds by introducing the next iteration, appropriately named the M-2, at CES 2017. These wireless earbuds give a fresh spin on the design of the M-1 earbuds, and are being revealed at a time when Apple's own wireless AirPods are experiencing stock shortages. Can Earin capitalize on the short supply of AirPods?

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Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Smarter routers with swifter response to malware and IoT exploits are a growing segment now, and Norton is wading in with its own striking wireless router. The Norton Core not only looks like a miniature Spaceship Earth from Epcot, but inside the geodesic dome there's a mixture of parental filters, real-time security scans, and automatic updates. Even the shape has been designed with practicality in mind.

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