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Verizon out-bids AT&T for Straight Path Communications, will pay $3.1 billion for more 5G spectrum

United States carriers are spending big bucks to acquire more wireless spectrum, especially with 5G on the horizon. T-Mobile recently won a bidding war for a large chunk of the 600Mhz spectrum, and AT&T was preparing to buy Straight Path Commutations last month. However, it turns out that Verizon will be buying Straight Path instead, after winning a bidding war against AT&T.

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ZTE announces the $150 Blade X Max with a 6-inch screen and Android 7.1.1

You may not be aware, but ZTE is one of the largest smartphone makers in the US market. That's due in large part to devices like the newly announced Blade X Max; it's cheap and has reasonable specs for the price. This 6-inch phone drops tomorrow on Cricket for a mere $150.

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T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE now supports up to 24 cars

Carriers are always looking for ways to get you to add more lines, so a line of service for your car? Sure, why not? That's what SyncUP DRIVE from T-Mobile is all about, and today the carrier is making it cheaper to equip multiple cars with its tracking and diagnostic dongle. SyncUP DRIVE now includes as many as 24 cars on a single account at no additional cost.

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The "REVVL T1" could be T-Mobile's upcoming mid-range phone

The words "carrier-exclusive phone" are generally met with disappointment or annoyance. But instead of locking down expensive devices, like Verizon's Motorola DROID devices, T-Mobile could be working on a series of mid-range phones. Android Authority recently obtained an image of what is believed to be the "REVVL T1," expected to be the most affordable device in T-Mobile's upcoming product line.

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Celcom will be the first Malaysian carrier to use Google Jibe RCS

The first carrier to support Google's Jibe RCS technology was Sprint, back in November of last year. Since then, several carriers in Canada, Asia, and Europe have made the switch. Now it looks like Celcom will support Jibe RCS, becoming the first carrier in Malaysia to do so.

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[Deal Alert] Costco offering cash cards, charging kits, and more for Galaxy S8/S8+ activations

Costco is hosting a slew of cash card deals on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ when you activate with a carrier. There are cash cards to be had for new and existing customers that vary by carrier. T-Mobile will toss in a Gear VR controller. Only AT&T limits the cash card offer to new lines, but they will give existing customers a free Gear 360 camera.

Regardless of your carrier, your activation will also get you a TYLT Power Essentials Kit. The kit contains a dual-port 4.8A wall charger, dual-port 4.8A car charger, 5200mAh battery, 3' braided USB-C cable, 3' USB cable, and a carrying case.

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T-Mobile announces 'Premium Device Protection Plus' for $15 per month

Time was you could pay a few bucks per month for phone insurance through your carrier and that was the end of it. Now, there are a myriad of different tiers with varying costs based on the phone you use. Yikes. T-Mobile is adding to the confusion today with a new device insurance tier called Premium Super Pro Protection Plus Extreme. I'm kidding, but the real name is only slightly less ridiculous—Premium Device Protection Plus.

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Play Store adds carrier billing for Tele2 in the Netherlands, Smartfren in Indonesia, VIP in Croatia, and more

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AT&T Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 active are receiving their Android 7.0 Nougat updates

In the last month, both Sprint and Verizon have updated their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge units to Android 7.0 Nougat. These are some of the last phones to receive the 7.0 update, but hey, they're two-year old Samsung carrier devices. Now, AT&T is sending Nougat out to the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920A), Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925A), and its exclusive Galaxy S6 active (SM-G890A).

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LG G6 already down to $500 at T-Mobile, plus free Google Home and G Pad X tablet

Just the other day we noticed that LG's G6 was $600 at B&H, and now the month-old flagship is down to $500 at T-Mobile. The model T-Mobile is selling might not be the same version you can get from B&H, but, for those of you on the magenta carrier, it is $100 less and comes with a free G Pad X. You can even use it to take advantage of LG's current promo and pick up a Google Home. $500 for a phone, tablet, and Google Home is a pretty sweet deal if the $800 GS8 and its curvy screen doesn't appeal to you.

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