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You can still pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip from AT&T and SprintSamsung is sold out, but carriers will still take your money

Samsung may have sold through its entire stock of Galaxy Z Flip devices for right now, but you can still snag one from carriers. Both AT&T and Sprint have the Z Flip available for purchase, but you will have to wait a few weeks. Oh, and you'll also have to spend a lot of money.

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Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra: Best launch deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availabilityHow to get the best deals on Samsung's new flagships

The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup is finally here, and it's the most expensive Galaxy S series yet. The entry-level Galaxy S20 starts at $1,000, while the S20+ will set you back $1,200. To top it all off, the S20 Ultra costs $1,400 you might need to sell a kidney for that one.

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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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