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Sprint and OnePlus team up for 5G smartphone

Sprint is on its way to oblivion now that the T-Mobile merger has received government approval, but the increasingly troubled carrier is still going through the motions. It's even preparing to launch a new 5G device with OnePlus. However, Sprint has opted to keep virtually all the details to itself.

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T-Mobile reports record-setting Q2, plans to get Dish started as carrier

Amidst news of the Department of Justice's approval of its merger with Sprint, T-Mobile has announced a record second quarter with big gains in both subscribers and revenues. In its earnings call, the carrier tooted its horn about its rapid pace of capital expenditure related to 600MHz and millimeter wave spectrum and painted a couple of insights to its spectrum and MVNO sale to Dish.

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The LG V50's bootloader will be unlockable in Europe

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[Update: Out now] Sprint's Galaxy S10 5G now available for pre-order, ships June 21st

The era of 5G is upon us whether you like it or not. After breaking free of Verizon's exclusivity period and coming to AT&T (sort of), the Galaxy S10 5G is now live on Sprint. You can place your order now, and the phone will ship on June 21st.

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[Update: Now available] Verizon will start selling the LG V50 ThinQ on June 20

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G has endured a stop-and-go release schedule. In the midst of growing pains with South Korea's next-gen cellular grid, the company pushed its original home market launch date of April 19 by nearly a month. Sprint, the U.S. carrier that claimed the early lead on the device, started sales on May 31. We knew that Verizon would also take up the V50 this "summer," but it wasn't until now that we learned it would be this week — on the last day of spring.

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Vivo demos 120W charging ahead of 5G phone launch

It's still quite difficult to cram lots of power at once into phones without an excessive risk of disaster. Many manufacturers making wall adapters, power controller chips, cables, and smartphones find that 18 watts is just fine, at least for now — beefier, more capable components should be coming to market soon. But in China, it's been one-upping after one-upping in the race to bring faster charging speeds to mobile devices, if only in demonstrations. For example, Xiaomi recently called out its 100W technology. In turn, vivo has run up the field with a new video showing off how fast 120 watts can charge a phone.

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AT&T just launched the Galaxy S10 5G — but you probably can't buy it

It's easy to forget, but AT&T has technically had a 5G network since late last year. It just won't let almost anyone use it. That trend continues with the carrier's latest phone launch. The Galaxy S10 5G will go on sale June 17th, but only businesses and developers can buy it.

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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile clean up with big 5G spectrum acquisitions in latest FCC auctions

The rise of 5G is exciting, but taking full advantage of its potential is going to require carriers to expand their coverage into new parts of the RF spectrum. The FCC has been auctioning off the rights to some of these frequencies and has just completed the process for the 24GHz band while also announcing the winners of its 28GHz band auction. As was expected from the outset, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon were the largest bidders and winners of the processes.

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Amazon may save the Sprint/T-Mobile merger by buying their MVNO and spectrum

The $26 billion Sprint and T-Mobile merger has been through a regulatory rollercoaster in the past several months. The pair had thought they could push through the transaction while preserving all of their spectrum and wireless service brands — but even with favorable political conditions, this didn't prove to be the case. This past week, we learned that the two have promised the FCC that they would sell prepaid carrier Boost Mobile and that the Department of Justice would require the two to divest enough spectrum to create a tenable "fourth carrier" replacement. Now, according to Reuters, Amazon has come into the dealer's circle with its offers.

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Sprint's 5G network is here, covering millions of people AT&T and Verizon can't

Sprint has launched its mobile 5G service in four cities — but unlike the short-range millimeter wave networks AT&T and Verizon have already turned on, this is the nation's first taste of 5G on mid-band spectrum in its coveted 2.5GHz band. All told, it covers more than 1,100 square miles and a population of nearly 3.6 million people.

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