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Verizon Total Mobile Protection drops screen repair deductible to $29, introduces month-long open enrollment for phones less than two years old

Most carriers offer some sort of monthly insurance plan for your phone when you buy a new phone from them, and Verizon is no exception. But to make its Total Mobile Protection plans more appealing, Big Red has made a few changes, including a price reduction for deductibles and a new enrollment period for phones less than two years old.

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Some Pixel phones can't receive any text messages, Google is working on a fix [Update]

Google can't go a few days without some sort of critical issue hampering the use of their products. Most recently, there was the issue with Artem's Home Mini recording everything he said, but there have also been multiple bugs with Android Auto, Google Clock, and more. The latest problem? Some Pixel phones can't receive texts. This looks to have been an issue for a while, though it's taken until now for Google to respond. And until the company releases an actual fix, there's nothing Pixel owners can really do about it.

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T-Mobile will limit LTE roaming in Canada and Mexico to 5GB starting November 12

One of T-Mobile's big "uncarrier" moves was to offer international roaming data to most customers for free. However, Canada and Mexico were special cases where you'd get full-speed LTE data on most plans. There wasn't any special limit on that data, which was remarkably generous—too generous, it would seem. T-Mobile is rolling that feature back and limiting LTE to 5GB per month in those countries.

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Pure White Essential Phone can now be ordered at Essential.com

The Essential Phone is already a gorgeous phone in its debut Moon Black, but us tech enthusiasts seem to have a thing for panda-themed phones (black front, white back). Just look at how many people went crazy over the 'Black & White' Pixel 2 XL. But before the Pixel 2 XL was even unveiled, Essential already had a Pure White version of the PH-1 in the works. And now, it's finally available.

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Verizon stores will have Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL display units tomorrow, October 12th

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL were announced last week, but with most variants not shipping for a few weeks, those of you who pre-ordered one are probably getting a little antsy. But starting tomorrow, October 12th, Verizon stores will have floor units of the Pixel 2s for customers (and eager tech nerds) to play with.

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T-Mobile bug gave hackers access to customer data using only a phone number

A security researcher has revealed that a recently patched hole in T-Mobile's security made it possible for hackers to vacuum up all your personal account information, and all they needed was your phone number. And you probably give that out all the time. T-Mobile says the vulnerability has been corrected, but there's some question as to how severe the data breach might have been.

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Sprint LG G6 gets Calling PLUS feature in latest update, becomes fourth phone to do so

If you're not a Sprint customer who's in-tune with all the carrier's quirks and features, you probably haven't heard of Calling PLUS. After all, only three phones currently support it - that is, until now. The LG G6 has become the fourth Sprint phone to support Calling PLUS with this latest update.

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[Deal Alert] Verizon Moto Z2 Force is $456 ($300 off) with free Projector Moto Mod at Best Buy

Lenovo's introduced a bunch of new models to the Moto brand since it acquired Motorola, and one of those is the Moto Z2 Force. The Z2 Force is basically Motorola's flagship, and in our review, we found that while it was incredibly quick and took nice pictures, it was just too expensive. But now, Best Buy is offering up the Verizon Z2 Force for a stunningly low $456 with a free Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod.

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Moto X4 for Project Fi delayed until later this month

Google and Motorola announced a big step for Project Fi a few weeks ago. The new Moto X4 will be the first "Android One" device in the US, as well as the first non-Google device on Project Fi. It's just not either of those things quite yet. The phone was supposed to be shipping around now, but customers are being notified of a delay of several weeks.

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[Deal Alert] ZTE Quartz has dropped to $96 ($96 off) at T-Mobile

ZTE announced its 'Quartz' smartwatch back in April, and it was the company's first Android Wear watch. It had 3G and was priced pretty competitively, but was exclusive to T-Mobile. That exclusivity hasn't changed, but the price has - it's now half off.

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