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The FCC just opened up the 3.5GHz band 48 for 4G and 5G use

The FCC has just authorized the commercial deployment of the 3.5GHz CBRS bands, approving its use by four companies from the CBRS alliance, including Google, and paving the way a whole new chunk of cellular frequencies here in the states. The new spectrum will be commercialized by OnGo, a cellular service/interoperability standard championed by CBRS Alliance. In short, this means some of us here in the 'states will soon have access to a whole new band of data.

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Motorola Razr now available for pre-order at Verizon for $1,500

Motorola revealed its Razr-branded foldable phone back in November, following months of leaks and rumors. Now the day has come for you to put down $1,500 for the device ⁠— and switch to Verizon, if you haven't already.

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Sprint will repair your shattered Samsung Galaxy display for $50 even if you're not a customer

Broken displays often end up being the death sentence for old phones, so in a great marketing move that's also good for the environment, Sprint has decided to offer $50 repairs for shattered Samsung Galaxy screens. The deal is valid regardless of your carrier and will run through February 9 or while supply lasts. To take advantage of it, you need to drop in at a nearby Sprint shop.

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Ting isn't dropping T-Mobile GSM support after all

Ting is a massively popular MNVO carrier, where customers are billed only for the calls, texts, and data they actually use — similar to Google Fi and Xfinity Mobile. The carrier offers both GSM and CDMA SIM cards, but Ting said last year that its GSM option would go away. Thankfully, Ting has reversed course, and its customers won't lose access to any networks.

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Verizon will offer free Stadia Premiere Edition for new Fios Gigabit customers

UK network BT has just launched a Stadia broadband bundle, and now Verizon is following suit with a similar deal. It has announced that new Fios Gigabit customers will receive Stadia's Premiere Edition for free. This promo stacks on top of the network's existing free one-year Disney Plus offer.

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Your carrier will let basically any competent criminal hijack your phone number

One of the key pieces to our digital identities, whether we like it or not, is our mobile phone number. You likely use it one way or another in a two-factor authentication login (you shouldn't). Thing is, as it's been demonstrated quite a few times, they can be easily hijacked in a few easy steps by malicious actors ringing up carriers' customer service representatives — many of whom are all too understanding in helping users out of what's supposedly a stressful situation. So, just how easy is it to steal someone's phone number on a prepaid network? Researchers at Princeton University say extremely so in a recently published whitepaper draft.

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The OnePlus 8 will launch on Verizon in the US, packs 5G connectivity

Speaking to a source familiar with the companies' plans, Android Police has learned that the OnePlus 8—the next smartphone from OnePlus—will be launching on Verizon in the United States, and that it will have 5G connectivity on board. That connectivity would likely mean support for Verizon's ultra-fast but ultra-small mmWave network.

This will be the first time a OnePlus phone has been available on Verizon, though the company's handsets have been largely compatible with the carrier for some time, as OnePlus has submitted devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro for certification on the network.

We previously reported that Verizon was planning to launch a OnePlus device in 2020, but were sketchy on the details.

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Virgin Mobile customers will be moved to Boost Mobile, in anticipation of T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Virgin Mobile is one of the smallest network carriers in the United States. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprint, the MVNO has been on the decline for years, and now the brand is set to cease operation as early as next month.

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Every 5G city and region for every major carrier in the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) (Update: New AT&T markets)

Smartphone networks are constantly evolving: adding more capacity, expanding to new areas, and generally trying to get a leg up on the competition. But while improvements are always being made, every few years we see a massive shift as the industry transitions to the latest technology. It's been about eight years now since we saw 3G start giving way to 4G, and right now we're witnessing the early days of the move from 4G to 5G.

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