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[Update: Pre-order links] Verizon CMO confirms upcoming Pixel a Verizon carrier exclusive in the US again

In a tweet posted just earlier today, Verizon's CMO Diego Scotti confirmed that Google's upcoming Pixel devices, to be announced today, are going to be exclusive to Verizon, just as they were last year. So if you were hoping to pick up either phone from another carrier, you're probably out of luck. 

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Get $325 back on your new Pixel 2 or 2 XL when you add a T-Mobile line

Shortly after the Pixel 2 announcement, T-Mobile already has an offer for customers who bring the shiny new toy and create a new line. You can get $325 back from the magenta carrier via a prepaid card, which is 50% off of the 64GB Pixel 2. 

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Verizon's HTC Desire 530 is finally updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

Carriers are notoriously slow to update their devices to newer versions of Android, and while this is not only annoying for users who want to try out new features, it also has implications for the security of devices. Until now, the Verizon HTC Desire 530 had been running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (released by Google in December 2015) with anything but up-to-date security patches. A new update has just been announced, and it does improve the situation, if only a little bit.

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Project Fi experiments with opt-in data throttling, accidentally deactivates customers' SIMs in the process

Data throttling has been standard practice by carriers for years. At first it mostly applied to customers going over their data limits, but recently carriers have begun throttling certain content (like streaming services) for everyone by default, especially in the face of a less strict FCC. Project Fi has been experimenting with an opt-in (not default) throttling feature, which ended up disabling the SIM cards of some customers.

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Sprint will be the only major carrier to have the LG V30+ at launch

The LG V30 is coming to all carriers in the next couple weeks, but only one US carrier will have the V30+. Sprint has announced that it's got the exclusive on this phone at launch, and it's offering a limited buy-on-get-one deal on the phone to celebrate. You can get two of them for as little as $38 per month when the phone hits stores on October 13th.

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[Update: Includes BlueBorne fixes] Verizon updates its Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with bugfixes and the August security patch

Verizon has updated its support pages for both the S7 and S7 edge with a new software version for each. Included in the changes are improved voice recognition, general bug fixing, extra features for corporate owners, and August's security patch. The two versions go by NRD90M.G930VVRU4BQH4 and NRD90M.G935VVRU4BQH4. 

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[Update: Leaked photos] Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may be coming to T-Mobile, first 'Active' branded device to leave AT&T

Samsung's Active line of flagships has been an AT&T-only zone for years. Since the first S4 variant launched in 2013, big blue has held exclusivity to the rugged flagship. (There was one sprint S5 variant, but it wasn't called Active.) But the days of AT&Tyranny for the Active line are coming to an end. It looks like the durable IP-68 version of Samsung's flagship is headed to T-Mobile. At least, someday. 

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[Update: Promo is live] LG V30 will launch in the US soon with free Daydream View and "Second Year Promise" warranty

Just over a week ago, the LG V30 went on sale in South Korea, with LG saying that the phone would reach other regions in "days and weeks to come." Lo and behold, we now have some details on the V30's launch on all four major US carriers (and US Cellular), along with pricing and availability from AT&T and T-Mobile.

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HTC One M9 on Verizon updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

HTC isn't exactly known for speedy updates, but the company has been known to push them quickly in some cases. This is definitely not one of those cases, but it would seem to be more Verizon's fault than HTC's. Slightly over a year since the release of Android 7.0, the One M9 on Verizon is finally getting a Nougat update.

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Verizon discontinues the Wear24 smartwatch after just 4 months

Verizon announced its very own Android Wear smartwatch earlier this year, powered by its LTE network. It started selling the Wear24 in May for $300 on contract and $350 without one. That seemed like an interesting proposition when consumers have shown little interest even in cheap smartwatches. Verizon didn't let this product languish too long, though. We've confirmed with the carrier that Wear24 is dead.

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