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[Deal Alert] Verizon Pixel 2 and 2 XL are $550 off (GC + bill credit), original Pixel is $200 off (GC) at Target

It's a fantastic time to be in the market for a Pixel 2 or 2 XL, especially if you're a Verizon customer and live near a Target store. Hot on the heels of a Google Store deal offering $50-75 off the latest Pixel phones, Target is offering a $250 gift card if you activate a Pixel 2 or 2 XL on a new Verizon line or a current one, and Verizon is offering a $300 bill credit spread out over 24 months. That adds up to a rather hefty $550 off Google's latest smartphones, if you're fine with some creative math.

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[Deal Alert] Verizon Moto Z2 Play is down to $192 over 24 months at Best Buy ($216 off)

Despite some of our misgivings about the Lenovo-owned Motorola, the company is still producing some decent devices. Misguided zealotry over mods aside, the Moto Z2 Play has proven to be an okay phone. If you're a Verizon customer, then Best Buy is offering the Z2 Play for just $7.99/month, making the phone cost $191.76, a whole $216 off MSRP.

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[Deal Alert] Galaxy Note8, S8+, and S8 are up to $250 off at Best Buy for AT&T and Verizon customers

Samsung's Galaxy Note8, S8+, and S8 may be enjoying a small bump in interest from consumers who are growing increasingly wary of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. So it seems Best Buy is striking while the iron of worry is hot by offering $250 off each of these three Samsung smartphones if activated on Verizon, and $200 off each of them if activated on AT&T.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy has Verizon Galaxy S8 for $17.50/month ($420) and S8+ for $21.50/month ($516)

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting extremely cheap for what they are, especially considering they're only about three months old. We're not entirely sure why, but hey, we're not going to complain about it. The latest deal is for the Verizon models at Best Buy, where you can pick the S8 up for just $17.50 a month ($420 total) or the S8+ for just $21.50 a month ($516 total).

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[Deal Alert] Verizon has Pixel for $15/month ($360) and Pixel XL for $20/month ($480) with free Google Home, plus other big discounts

Verizon isn't known for having the best prices so much as it is for great coverage, but that doesn't mean it can't offer up some good deals once in a while. Big Red currently has the Pixel and Pixel XL for just $15 and 20 per month, respectively, and it's throwing a free Google Home in. There are also some other nice deals available, such as the Moto Z Play Droid for $5/month and the LG Stylo 2 V for free.

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Verizon's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are now receiving their official Nougat updates

Out of the big four US carriers, three - AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - have already pushed the Android 7.0 Nougat update to their versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Now, though, Verizon is also sending out this long-awaited OS upgrade to its variants of Samsung's flagship.

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Verizon announces exclusive Wear24 Android Wear watch, $299 with new two-year activation

Google's premiere devices for Android Wear 2.0, the LG Watch Style and Sport, had details leaked well before the official announcement today. By contrast, Verizon's announcement comes as something of a surprise. In a blog post discussing how Verizon will offer the LG Watch Sport, the company also announced its own exclusive 'Wear24' smartwatch.

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Pixel phones on Verizon include some bloatware, can be uninstalled

Verizon is known for bundling large amounts of pre-installed applications with little value, hence the term 'bloatware.' Unfortunately, it seems like the Verizon-sold Google Pixel phones are no exception.

According to a page on Verizon's website, the Pixel includes eight "Preloaded Play Store Apps," besides the usual Google-made apps bundled with most Android devices. The included apps from Verizon are My Verizon, Go90, and VZ Messages. There are other Google apps pre-loaded outside of the usual bundle as well, including Allo, Duo, Android Pay, Docs, and Keep.

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Pixel and Pixel XL will support T-Mobile and Verizon WiFi calling

In recent years, WiFi calling has become increasingly prevalent on various carriers and devices; the recently-announced Pixel and Pixel XL back up this fact. Google has confirmed that the Pixel smartphones will support WiFi calling for both T-Mobile and Verizon upon launch.

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Confirmed: the Verizon Pixel's bootloader will not be unlockable

Thought that Verizon was warming up to the idea of less carrier intrusion because there aren't any obnoxious Verizon logos on the device? Well, you thought wrong. Just minutes before the event, @evleaks tweeted that the Verizon Pixels' bootloaders would not be able to be unlocked; that information has now been affirmed by a Google representative at the San Francisco event.

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