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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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AT&T's call validation display will protect some Android phones from spoofed robocalls, more to come soon

The war against robocalls has heated up this year: In June, the FCC ruled that US phone carriers could block robocalls by default, as well as allow users to automatically block unknown phone numbers from ever reaching their devices. This prompted more than ten US service providers to offer free call blocking features to all of their customers. This week, AT&T is furthering its robocall fight by enabling call verification for select Android devices.

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AT&T Note10+ 5G available as of today, pre-orders now shipping

AT&T recently announced that its 5G network — the real one, not the fake LTE one — has rolled out to ten new markets. Supplementing this further rollout, AT&T's 5G version of the Note10+, which was previously up for pre-order, is also shipping and available in stores starting today.

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AT&T fires up low-band 5G network, will open Galaxy Note10+ 5G pre-orders November 25

Even though AT&T was the first in the United States to boast a 5G network, as yet, its millimeter wave service has only been available on to enterprise customers with a Netgear hotspot. But after Sprint put out its wider-reaching next-gen towers and with T-Mobile waiting in the wings, Ma Bell has now decided to allow regular consumers to use a phone on a new, low-band 5G grid in five markets over the next few weeks and ten more by mid-2020.

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Some people have received texts from Valentine's Day out of nowhere

Yesterday night, many people woke up to strange text messages from friends, family, ex-partners, and even deceased ones originally sent on February 14, 2019 that never reached them before. Among some ensuing upbeat and fun conversations, there were also upsets and heartbreaks. The issue seems to stem from a misconfigured system in use across all major US carriers and some Canadian providers, affecting any mobile OS and even Google Voice.

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AT&T spanked with $60 million fine for throttling grandfathered unlimited data plans

Just last week, AT&T took the wraps off its new selectively constrained unlimited plans. While the second largest carrier in the United States sets its sites on a new era of nickeling and diming customers, its sins of the past have finally come to collect their due. As per an unlimited data throttling complaint filed back in 2014, the FTC has determined that AT&T must cough up $60 million in damages, plus openly disclose all future restrictions placed on its data plans.

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(Update: Galaxy S10 family, too) AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 receive Advanced Messaging 2.0

For years, AT&T has been trying to push its SMS successor, Advanced Messages. The problem is that the standard only supports a handful of flagships and isn't even interconnected with the networks used by other carriers. Still, AT&T is working to get Advanced Messaging out to more devices and has just pushed out one such update to the Samsung Galaxy Note8 as well as the S8 and S8+.

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AT&T introduces three new 'unlimited' plans solely defined by their many, many limits

Just when you thought "unlimited" meant unlimited, AT&T makes an announcement to remind us all that's not exactly true. Just in case the current unlimited plans offered by America's second largest carrier weren't enough, there are three more options rolling out in November.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon enter into new RCS messaging joint venture

In a stunning bit of late-night news, the big four US carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — have just announced a "joint venture" to support cross-carrier messaging based on the RCS standards, starting in 2020. Sadly for RCS enthusiasts, this carrier collaboration is happening sans Google, and sans Jibe.

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