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Verizon splits unlimited plan into three tiers, throttles video on all of them

Verizon ruffled some feathers last month when it was caught throttling Netflix on its LTE network. At the time the carrier said it was merely testing video optimization technology, and now we know why. Verizon has done away with its standard unlimited data plan, replacing it with three tiers of unlimited data. All of them include video throttling—in fact, you can't get 1080p video on phones on any of them.

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[Deal Alert] Get a ZTE Spro 2 LTE smart projector for $299.99 ($200 off) on eBay

Projectors are usually bulky and immobile, but ZTE's Spro 2 can be easily brought wherever your heart desires. The Spro 2 is about 2.5 years old at this point, but there haven't really been many better ones launched. Now, you can get a Verizon LTE model for just $299.99 on eBay - about $300 off its MSRP, and $200 off the current going price.

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The Moto Z2 Force launches today on all major US carriers

Motorola's latest Mod-ready phone is on sale today. Head over to the Motorola website or your favorite carrier store, and you'll be able to pick up the Moto Z2 Force. The price ranges from $720 to as much as $810, depending on the carrier. That new 360 Camera Moto Mod is on sale as well. It's $300, though.

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The Moto Gamepad Mod will cost $79.99 and only be available through Verizon

It's like Motorola keeps shooting itself in the foot, over and over and over again. One of the most interesting Mods it announced to date, the Gamepad, will soon go on sale but you won't be able to buy it everywhere and it will cost a pretty penny.

How pretty? $79.99. For a few buttons and a 1035mAh battery. That's really pushing it. At $49.99, this would have been palatable. At $79.99, it's pushing the boundary of what Motorola can get away with and falls in line with the company's strategy of using its phones as Mods money grabs to maximize on its profit margin.

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ASUS ZenFone AR is now available from Verizon for $648

The first phone to be equipped with Google's Project Tango augmented-reality capabilities was the Lenovo Phab2 Pro. If you read our review, you'll know that it wasn't a good experience at all. But another Tango-powered phone is on the way, and you can order it now from Verizon.

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T-Mobile wins every single one of OpenSignal's State of the Mobile Networks awards

Every six months, OpenSignal releases a report on the state of mobile networks in the US, with six total awards. In February 2017's report, T-Mobile and Verizon each won four awards (there were two ties). For August 2017, though, T-Mobile managed to take all six awards, which is something that has never been done before.

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Verizon Up is the carrier's new rewards program, replaces Smart Rewards

Today Verizon has opened up a new rewards program for its customers. It is meant to replace the company's older Smart Rewards program, which also ended as of today (though points remain valid for use until November). The new system is called Verizon Up, and it's a very different kind of rewards program.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Verizon/unlocked Pixel refurb for $399.99, Pixel XL for $499.99

Despite being nearly a year old, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL still haven't seen very many non-carrier related discounts. It's honestly pretty impressive how well they've held their value, but that's not good news for those of you who don't want to pay full price. Don't worry - Woot has refurbished units of both the 5.0" and 5.5" models for just $399.99 and $499.99, respectively.

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Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ updated with new navigation bar features and Daydream support (but not really)

Earlier this month, T-Mobile Galaxy S8s received an update that reportedly enabled Daydream, but Daydream was (and still is) incompatible. T-Mobile later updated its changelog to reflect this. However, Verizon hasn't learned from Team Magenta's mistake and is reporting Daydream support in their new update's changelog as well. But things you do get include an updated navigation bar (for better or for worse), as well as the ability to send GIFs during phone calls.

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Verizon caught throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it's testing 'video optimization' tech

Netflix launched a speed test tool a while back in part because ISPs have been caught in the past doing shady things with Netflix traffic. The fast.com speed testing tool this week revealed Verizon has started throttling Netflix, and users report YouTube is also affected. So, what gives? Verizon says it's just testing some "video optimization" technology, whatever that means.

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