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The Galaxy A51 and A71 are coming to America, bringing Samsung's mid-range muscle stateside

After having an early run elsewhere around the world, Samsung is preparing to inundate the U.S. market with a half-dozen lower-cost smartphones this year — including the company's first cut-price 5G phones. Two of those phones are launching tomorrow: the Galaxy A01 and the Galaxy A51.

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Samsung's new XCover FieldPro rugged phone comes with Android Oreo and costs $1,100

Rugged phones remain a niche product market, and as a result, there doesn't seem to be much of an incentive for competition. Samsung has a new durable device for first responders and construction workers, but despite the $1,105 price tag, it's running software from 2017.

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US carriers forgiving late payments, bolstering benefits during coronavirus fallout

Cellular carriers have earned many negative impressions over the years for poor billing practices, unfair contracts, and some dubious attempts to insert themselves where they might not belong; but there's no denying that they have a good track record for giving a little back in times of crisis. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, carriers in the U.S. have committed to not terminate customers' lines and provide more data and cheaper plans to those who need them.

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The best deals on smartphone data plans in the US right now (single lines and families)

As many of us are spending more time at home, we're also spending a lot more on our Wi-Fi networks, avoiding much drain on our mobile data plans. Equally, as financial uncertainty rises in America for many millions, it's entirely understandable that some of us are looking at cutting down our monthly wireless bill from our current unlimited plan to something a little more economical. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available for every budget, and from multiple carriers.

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T-Mobile offers free Quibi subscriptions for qualifying users

Streaming newcomer Quibi has found a distribution partner in T-Mobile. The carrier will be offering the shortform specialty service to ONE and Magenta planholders with at least two lines for free.

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T-Mobile's merger with Sprint is now complete, Legere steps down as CEO

Today, T-Mobile has announced that its merger with Sprint has officially completed. After years of rumors, planning, and several challenges, the two are now joined together, existing together under the single T-Mobile name. John Legere, T-Mobile's exuberant and endearingly obscene CEO, is also handing off the reigns for the new company to Mike Sievert, who was up until now COO and President of T-Mobile.

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AT&T, Cricket offer stupid cheap $15 2GB plans, bonus data for customers (Updated)

AT&T's prepaid wireless operations are the latest carriers to dole out extra high-speed data to existing customers and introduce cut-price wireless plans in response to the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic. AT&T Prepaid and Cricket Wireless will launch these efforts tomorrow, March 27.

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Free trials for Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and 20 other streaming services

When it comes to picking your video streaming subscriptions, you've got a lot of options out there. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+ are the big names, but what about specialty content you may not have bothered with until your playlists ran dry? British TV, horror films, anime, classic movies, and indie flicks all have some great options out there in 2020 you can subscribe to. But you don't want to pay for like, ten new things you may not keep just to try them, so we've assembled the free trial policies for many of these services for you to check out (maybe, uh, with a new email address and different credit card) while the current situation with coronavirus continues to unfold.

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T-Mobile introducing $15 plan in wake of coronavirus (Update: Fine print)

One of the many concessions T-Mobile promised if it were allowed to merge with Sprint was that it would offer super-cheap wireless plans starting at $15 per month. Since then, however, the novel coronavirus has forced many customers out of work. While ISPs are accepting deferred payments for monthly bills, that may not be enough for people whose budgets continue to shrink. So, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile have decided to roll out those new rate plans starting this Wednesday, March 25.

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The new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 launches on Verizon for $280

Some LTE-equipped tablets can take a real bite out of your wallet, but Verizon usually has one or two that won't break the bank. The carrier's latest offering is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4. This new tablet won't blow you away with its speed or features, but it's cheap and has Verizon LTE.

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