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[Updated] LG G6 carrier pricing and availability list - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon

The LG G6 was announced around three weeks ago, but as is typical with phone launches, we haven't heard much regarding availability aside from acknowledgement from all four major operators that they will be carrying the phone. Several carriers have now revealed details on their G6's pricing and availability. We'll continue to update this list as more info comes out.

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AT&T now offering unlimited data plans on prepaid GoPhone lines, but there are plenty of other limits

It has traditionally been impossible to get an unlimited data plan on prepaid service, but AT&T has just rolled out that very thing. GoPhone customers who want to use a lot of data can do so for a mere $60 per month. If that sounds like a good deal, get ready for the catch. This is basically the throttled Choice "unlimited" plan AT&T offers as a budget option for post-paid lines.

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AT&T Galaxy S7 Active is being updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

The Galaxy S7 Active is a more rugged version of Samsung's flagship, exclusive to AT&T customers. AT&T started to update its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices last month, and starting today, the Nougat update for the S7 Active is rolling out.

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge on sale for $430 ($250 off) with a free 128GB MicroSD card

The Galaxy S8 announcement is right around the corner... which means it's a great time to snag a clearance deal on the still-pretty-great S7 models. Samsung's official online store is selling the T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S7 Edge at a significant discounts, a full $250 off the new phone. That makes the S7 Edge $429.99, much cheaper than T-Mobile's full price as well ($672). Samsung is also throwing in a 128GB MicroSD card 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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AT&T is rolling out Stream Saver feature, but you can easily turn it off

Back in November of last year, AT&T announced a new feature called 'Stream Saver.' This would force streaming videos to be limited to around 480p - but still count towards your data usage. AT&T made it clear that the feature would be enabled by default when it arrived in "early 2017," and now it appears to be rolling out to customers.

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Chevrolet and AT&T offer unlimited in-car Wi-Fi data for $20 a month

OnStar, GM's connected car service, has been standard on all of the company's cars and trucks for years. The basic functionality includes remote access, vehicle diagnostics, and some other simple connected features, with more advanced fare like GPS navigation and theft protection hidden behind paid tiers. For the last few years Chevrolet has also offered in-car Wi-Fi hotspots powered by the OnStar system, connected to AT&T's LTE network. Following the latest tweaks in AT&T's unlimited plans for smartphones, the companies are now offering unlimited data to cars, too.

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Cricket Wireless announces its new unlimited data plan

If the onslaught of carrier unlimited data plans in the last few weeks hasn't worn you out yet, here's another one for you. Cricket Wireless, the AT&T MVNO, has just announced its new "unlimited" data plan. In fierce competition with the likes of MetroPCS, you can score this for $60 per month (with taxes and fees included). That doesn't sound bad at all.

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[Update: Nope, still Marshmallow] T-Mobile updates the LG Stylo 2 Plus to Nougat

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Samsung announces its own RCS service, will be intercompatible with other RCS clouds

RCS is designed as the (eventual) successor to SMS and MMS, but it's a bit of a mess right now. Several carriers have their own implementations of the standard, often incompatible with each other. Google's Jibe RCS Cloud is quickly gaining ground, but there's still only one US carrier supporting it - Sprint. Now Samsung has announced its own RCS cloud.

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