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[Update: Visible On Play Store Again] Verizon, Who Are A Bunch Of Jerks, Took Samsung Pay Off The Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge

Verizon, long known in the carrier business for being a bunch of jerks, have once again proven their general aptitude for jerkery with a pretty annoying modification to their versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

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Get Up To $650 In Credits Per Line When You Port Your Number To AT&T And Trade In Your Current Phone [Sponsored Post]

Changing carriers can be a real pain. In fact, a lot of people probably stick with their current carrier just to avoid the headache — even if they're unhappy with the service. AT&T wants to ease the pain and frustration a little bit by offering users who switch from another carrier up to $650 in credit per line. For a family, that can potentially be a huge savings. Here's how it works.

You buy a new smartphone from AT&T on a Next plan (both the phone and plan are your choice, of course) and port your existing number over. Check out the AT&T Buyback website and trade in your current smartphone — keep in mind that it must be eligible and not all phones are worth the same amount.

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Project Fi Goes Invite-Free, And New Subscribers Can Get The Nexus 5X For Only $199.99

Android is killing it, so last year, Google expanded into the mobile space in a bigger way. The company introduced Project Fi and became a smartphone carrier. Okay, technically it's a mobile virtual network operator like Ting and Republic Wireless, but instead of being limited to Sprint's towers, Google has kicked off a way to hop back and forth between both Sprint and T-Mobile.

For the past ten months, Project Fi has been invite-only. That's now changing. Google is making the service available to anyone in the US who wants in.

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Verizon Wireless Fined $1.35 Million Over Privacy-Invading Supercookies

Tracking cookies are an unfortunate reality of using the internet when so many sites and services are supported by advertising. Verizon Wireless was caught recently using so-called "supercookies" to track users for advertising purposes, and unlike regular cookie files, there was no way to block or opt out of this tracking. Well, the FCC has finished its investigation of Verizon's tracking practices and fined the company a mere $1.35 million.

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HTC Says That The One A9 Will Never Come To Verizon After All

HTC announced the One A9 late last year with support for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint out of the box. Verizon support was promised in early 2016. However, it looks like that dream dies today with word that HTC has been unable to get certification for the Verizon network.

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Verizon Wireless Announces Galaxy Note 5 And HTC One M8 Android Marshmallow Updates

Verizon Wireless has announced that Android 6.0 is on its way to the Galaxy Note 5. That makes this the first Marshmallow-packing over-the-air update to hit the Note 5 in the US. Verizon has beat AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to the punch. This is also the first Galaxy device on Verizon's network to make the leap.

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BlackBerry Priv Now Available From Verizon For $720 Or $30 Per Month

Your options for keyboarded Android phones these days are next to non-existent, but BlackBerry still loves its hardware keyboards. You can now get the BlackBerry Priv on Verizon Wireless for $720 full price or $30 per month on a payment plan.

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile Drops The LG G4 To $349.99 Full Price

The LG G4 launched at around $600 on T-Mobile last year, and now it's nearly half the price after T-Mobile's latest change. With the LG G5 coming up soon the carrier is probably looking to clear stock, and you can get the G4 for a mere $349.99 right now.

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A Software Update Makes AT&T's LG G Pad X 10.1 The First Android Tablet To Support NumberSync

The LG G Pad X 10.1 isn't the most notable tablet in the world. Its specs are middling at best, its styling is inoffensive, and it isn't any particular bargain. But it does have one claim to fame, at least if you have the AT&T LTE version: it's the first tablet to support NumberSync, the service that allows users to seamlessly use one number across multiple devices for phone calls and texts. Previously the service was limited to Apple devices (piggybacking off of Apple ID) and the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch.

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AT&T And DirecTV Will Offer Streaming Video Subscriptions, Including Mobile-Only Options For All Carriers, Later This Year

The writing isn't quite on the wall for traditional cable and satellite television - not so long as companies like Comcast can manipulate the market with artificial monopolies and data caps, anyway - but things are definitely looking up for cord-cutters. The latest fruit of the union between American telecom AT&T and satellite TV giant DirecTV is a series of TV packages that don't require, well, TV packages. These data-only streaming options will become available some time in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to an AT&T press release.

Said packages will come in three flavors. First, DirecTV Now, an all-digital streaming TV service that will offer "much of what is available from DirecTV today," including on-demand programming and premium networks.

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