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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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AT&T adds eSIM support for the Pixel 4 to coincide with the phone's launch

Starting with the Pixel 2 from 2017, Google has been embedding an eSIM into all of its Pixel phones. Although eSIM has been touted for its many virtues — changing one's carrier remotely without a physical SIM card and enablement of the dual-SIM dual-standby feature — its adoption rate from US carriers has been very slow and limited to select devices. After skipping over the Pixel 3 phones last year, AT&T has added the Pixel 4 to the list of supported eSIM devices.

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[Update: Sprint, T-Mobile] US carriers launch system that could replace app passwords with your phone itself

Smartphone users already have several great options when it comes to password managers on Android, letting them log in to supported apps at the press of a button. Now they're being joined by ZenKey, a new service developed in collaboration with the four major US cell carriers that's looking to do away with individual passwords while claiming some robust security features of its own.

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LG Stylo 5+ goes on sale at AT&T with upgraded front-facing camera

If you're on the lookout for a stylus-toting smartphone, the Galaxy Note series has traditionally been your only option. Unfortunately, these cost a pretty penny (except for the Note 3 Neo which Samsung sold for a hot minute), so customers on a budget were left out. LG has targetted the Note customer on a budget with the LG Stylo 5, and AT&T just announced its own variant, the Stylo 5+.

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[Update: Retail and MVNOs] Here's where you can buy the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL in the US

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have been announced and already, the masses have flocked to online retail outlets to make their pre-orders. Over time, more carriers will sign on with their own sales. So, we're gonna help you keep track of where you can buy the latest Google phones and what you'll be getting for your money with this handy-dandy post right here, which will be updated when necessary.

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[Update: T-Mobile, AT&T] Android 9 Pie lands on Verizon LG V30

Android 10 is here, bereft of any colorful desert name — but many devices are still catching up on the previous version, Android 9 Pie. Such is the state of 2017's LG V30, the Verizon variant of which has recently started receiving the update.

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Pixel 4 may finally pick up official AT&T carrier support

Over the years, U.S. carriers have steadily taken greater interest in the Pixel series. The first Made by Google phone launched as a Verizon exclusive in 2016, followed up by Sprint and T-Mobile penning their own deals in early 2019 with the Pixel 3. Now there are rumors that AT&T is finally ready to offer Google's incoming Pixel 4.

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S5e is coming to AT&T with LTE connectivity

The Galaxy Tab S5e is Samsung's current kinda-flagship tablet, sitting below the ultra high-end Tab S6. It still has a great AMOLED screen in a premium frame, but with a Snapdragon 670 processor instead of the faster Snapdragon 855. A few months after the Wi-Fi S5e arrived in the United States, AT&T will now sell an LTE variant.

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AT&T, Comcast, and 10 other networks pledge to make call blocking free

Congress has told voice service providers to shut down robocallers and instate call blocking by default. The FCC has mandated just the same. Now, 12 voice service providers have agreed to a series of principles drawn by attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that include offering that call blocking to consumers for free, implementing STIR/SHAKEN across their networks, and cooperating in investigations.

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Anti-robocall standards finally rolling out between AT&T and T-Mobile

Automatic call blocking is now the rule of the land thanks to your very own United States federal government — that means you should be getting fewer robocalls and cold dials from spoofed (faked) numbers. It also means the roll-out of a two-part authentication system between the network sending and the network receiving named SHAKEN/STIR. This very system has just been deployed for calls between the AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

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