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AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon waive fees following earthquake in Italy

Earlier today, a magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck central Italy killing at least 120 people and injuring many more. Entire cities have been devastated, and suffice it to say, it's difficult to read the first-hand accounts of the disaster. As has become customary with major disasters, carriers around the world are waiving international calling and text fees to Italy.

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Report: Verizon offered to pre-install bloatware apps for $1-2 per phone

It's 2016. Android is pretty great. We have access to software and hardware that were just pipe dreams a few years ago, and the mild whining that we as a community like to engage in is just that: mild. But bloated, unnecessary software from manufacturers and carriers, which restricts customer choice, adds to update delays, and sometimes even opens up vulnerabilities, remains a thorn in the side of the platform as a whole. How often have we seen otherwise interesting hardware brought down because someone thought it would be a good idea to pay for unverified mobile games with sandwiches?

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Yep: Verizon will probably sell the 2016 Nexus phones

You've seen Evan Blass's tweet on the matter by now: Verizon will allegedly sell the 2016 Nexus phones, Marlin and Sailfish. Blass doesn't provide any visual confirmation or additional info, but that's not exactly irregular for [email protected] While I'm typically trustworthy of Blass's info, Nexus news is serious business here at Android Police, so I thought I'd dig a bit deeper and see what we could find out.

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Galaxy Note7 up for pre-order at AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, complete with free extras

Not even an entire day has gone by since the official reveal of the Galaxy Note 7 (no, Samsung, I'm not going to take that space out, no matter how hard your brand managers glare at me) and everyone who's anyone is already trying to sell pre-orders. It's par for the course for American carriers, naturally, but something about this year's upgrade seems to have brought out the big guns. Maybe all of the cell service companies are trying to switch everyone over to a Note 7 before iPhone season rolls around? In any case, here we go:

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Moto Z DROID, Z Force DROID, and their Mods are now on sale at Verizon

Pre-orders for Moto's new flagships went up last week, but today is the day the phones go officially on sale. Both the Moto Z DROID and the Moto Z Force DROID are available for purchase at Verizon's website and the prices are like we discussed earlier.

You'll have to pay $624 for the regular Z or divide that up into $26 monthly installments over 30 months. As for the Z Force, it's about a hundred dollars more, costing $720 upfront or $30 per month for 30 months.

You can also grab a Mod if you want that, but you'll have to be ready to shell out serious cash for some of them.

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Verizon agrees to acquire Yahoo in $4.83 billion deal

It's not exactly a secret that Yahoo has been struggling recently, seeming unfocused and not having any real idea what to do with its products and services. To that end, the company has been looking for a buyer for the last four months, with multiple parties interested in acquiring the stricken, fallen colossus. That process has now come to an end, resulting in Verizon purchasing the 'operating business' (the day-to-day activities and products) of the former web giant for $4.83 billion.

The deal will complement Verizon's other former internet behemoth, AOL, in what is being seen as a deal to boost the ad services Verizon offers.

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You have until August 31 2016 to switch to a new plan if you're abusing Verizon's unlimited data (>100GB/month)

Hey there, you lucky Verizon customer who has been clinging on to your unlimited data plan and thinking you can keep it indefinitely, despite the $20 price hike and despite Verizon's short-lived attempts to throttle your speeds. You know who you are. You know that you've been milking every gee-bee out of that "unlimited" plan, tempting fate a little bit more each time to see if there's really no limit there. Verizon is calling in to let you know that your luck is about to run out.

The carrier, who has been trying its absolute best to kick users off its unlimited data plans (which it hasn't officially offered since around 2011), is issuing a new policy to completely disconnect its worst offenders.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy is offering $200 off Moto Z Droid pre-orders and a free speaker Mod

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force on Verizon are available for pre-order today. It turns out they're quite a bit more expensive than Motorola's last flagship phone, and there are the pricey Moto Mods too. Best Buy has a pretty sweet deal today, though. You can get $200 off a Moto Z and a free speaker mod.

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Moto Z DROID, Z Force DROID, and Moto Mods are up for pre-order in the US

We've learned a lot since Lenovo's (this is still a bit difficult to say) Moto Z and Z Force were announced last month. First, that they'd be launching as Verizon exclusives (unlocked versions are scheduled for September), then that they don't have a 3.5mm plug but do come with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, and have 2 years of free original quality Google Photos uploads. Pros... and cons. We also heard rumors about the different Moto Mods' pricing, but no date or prices were fully confirmed until today.

As of now, you can pre-order the Moto Z DROID, Moto Z Force DROID, and the Moto Mods from both Motorola's and Verizon's sites. Before you do, you may want to check Ryan's first hands-on impressions of the phones (full review coming later) and David's impressions of the Moto Mods.

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Verizon adds "always-on data" (throttling) and tethering to prepaid plans

After the new post-paid plans announced by Verizon earlier in the month, it seemed like only a matter of time before changes would reach their prepaid plans as well. Well, that time has come. Verizon has updated its prepaid plans, and taking inspiration from the ‘Safe Mode’ throttling available in its post-paid plans, included "Always-On" throttled data at no extra cost.

Perhaps unlike the revisions made to the post-paid offerings, the changes made to Verizon’s prepaid plans are actually a solid upgrade. The main feature to be added to Verizon’s prepaid offerings, last revised in May, is the inclusion of ‘Always-On’ data throttling when prepaid data limits have been reached. Like ‘Safe Mode,’ ‘Always-On’ throttles data down to 128Kb/second when the data limit on the plan has been reached. Unlike ‘Safe Mode,’ ‘Always-On’ comes at no additional charge to prepaid customers. Verizon claims that ‘Always-On’ is enough for using social media and sending email, which it may well be, but doing so is going to be near dial-up levels of slow.

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