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Verizon Builds A Working Smartphone In Minecraft That Makes Video Calls And Has A Web Browser

There's no limit to what you can build in Minecraft. From a one-to-one scale model of the Starship Enterprise to a working CPU, the block-based video game has seen practically everything. Fans of the game like to spend time on large-scale constructions, and the engineers at Verizon seem to be some of the biggest fans around. Staying true to what the company is known for, they've taken it upon themselves to extend the network's wireless coverage into the virtual world and build a working smartphone in Minecraft. The result is admittedly very cool.

The phone may not have all the conveniences of a modern smartphone: the roughly 2000-inch display has a screen resolution of about 40 by 30 pixels, which gives it a rather lowish pixel density of around 0.0254 ppi.

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Verizon Is Giving Away Exclusive Star Wars Themed Google Cardboard Viewers To Customers In Its Stores

The Force awakens on December 18th, but the Force of Disney's marketing has awakened long before that. We're already being bombarded with Star Wars figurines and collectibles and toys and miscellaneous items in every online or retail store we visit. And here's one more thing you want to add to your list of coveted Star Wars items: a themed Google Cardboard unit.

Verizon has the exclusive rights to these 4 different cardboard designs.

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Eleven More Streaming Services Added To T-Mobile Music Freedom Including TuneIn Premium

T-Mobile announced a big expansion to its Music Freedom deal today with 11 more streaming services. That means you won't use any of your data allotment to listen to these 11 services, some of which you might even have heard of. Really, most of them are pretty obscure. Good on T-Mobile for keeping Music Freedom open, I guess.

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AT&T Will Raise The Price Of Its Grandfathered Unlimited Plans From $30 To $35 A Month Starting February 2016

Mentioning the words "unlimited" and "AT&T" in the same sentence around the wrong person is bound to draw out a long diatribe of grievances and outrage. I was promised unlimited, not 5GB and a middle finger. AT&T has been throttling existing customers ever since it discontinued unlimited plans in 2010. One thing it hasn't done, however, is raise the price.

Well, you can now check that off the list. AT&T will increase the price from $30 to $35 a month.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 And Note Edge Get Android 5.1.1, Advanced Messaging, And Video Calling

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Some Things To Know Regarding SIM Cards When Activating An Unlocked Device On Sprint

Ever since the Nexus 5, Sprint seems to be ever more accepting of unlocked devices designed to work on its network. As of right now, there are nine unlocked, SIM-free phones that Sprint allows, and that number will likely grow with each passing year. While this is a great thing, there are definitely some obstacles with getting a SIM card which, in turn, can make activating one of these devices a less-than-pleasurable experience.

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Sprint still runs its network with an iron grip as far as the devices allowed on it. In order to be permitted on the network, your device's IMEI must be white listed in the carrier's activation system.

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Google's Project Fi Sending Out Awesome Lego Kits To Some Subscribers

I'm already a fan (and subscriber) of Project Fi, Google's experiment in being a wireless carrier, but photos popping up across Google+ suggest that the service just got a little more awesome.

Evidently, some Fi subscribers are receiving a holiday gift from Fi - a Lego kit that, when assembled, forms a charging stand for your phone.

A number of Google+ users have posted images of the Lego kit, showing the kit and its packaging - Fi's signature white box with bright Fi-colored materials inside. A green label on the outside wishes recipients "Happy Holidays," while an instructional booklet thanks subscribers for their support so far.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Has A Refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB For Just $460 ($355 Off Retail) Plus Free Shipping

When it comes to deals on high-powered mobile hardware, good things come to those who wait. So it is with the Galaxy S6 Edge, the swankier, curvier version of Samsung's smaller 2015 flagship. At the moment an eBay seller is selling a refurbished AT&T model, which is also upgraded to 64GB of storage, for just $459.99. That's an impressive $355 off of AT&T's retail price of $814.99. They're going fast - at the moment only the black model is left in stock.

Buyers will also get free standard shipping to the United States. Those who live in Canada, most of Europe, or Australia can also buy one (the unlocked AT&T model supports most international 3G and LTE bands), but prospective customers elsewhere are mostly out of luck.

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T-Mobile Will Give $200 In Bill Credit To Anyone Switching From Sprint With No Limit On Number Of Lines And No Trade-In Required

For the holidays, T-Mobile wants you to switch from whichever other carrier you're relying on these days. Over the next few weeks it will roll out a different deal aimed at enticing people over, and it's starting with Sprint.

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[Finally] Verizon LG G4 Getting Major OTA With Touchscreen Fixes And Other Goodies

If you're an LG G4 owner on Verizon, you may have heard about all the drama surrounding the phone's "touchscreen fix update" that has since rolled out on every other US carrier. Back on October 9, Big Red began rolling out this OTA as firmware VS98612A, but it was pulled two days later due to a major bug affecting the device's ability to receive push notifications while connected to Wi-Fi. A month-and-a-half later, Verizon and LG seem to have gotten their stuff together, and have now released a new OTA which shouldn't have the same problems that the original 12A update had. In addition to the long-awaited touchscreen fixes, people are also reporting that this update includes a new slow motion option in the camera app, and unlinks the ringer, notification, and system volumes a-la the LG G3.

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