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US carriers forgiving late payments, bolstering benefits during coronavirus fallout (Update: Mint free data extension)

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 spread of COVID-19, which has now been upgraded to a global pandemic, carriers in the US are committing to give more data to subscribers and relax their billing practices so people can focus on more important things.

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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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US carrier policies about coronavirus and late fees are much too vague right now

All four of America's big carriers have announced that they'll be waiving late payment fees and won't cut service off for anyone unable to pay their bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. This policy will be in effect for the next 60 days and is, of course, a good thing, and one that is both kind and sensitive to the plight many people in this country will soon face: mass temporary (and probably many permanent) layoffs and huge economic uncertainty.

But, as you might expect, these policies are still being defined, and it remains deeply unclear how carriers will implement these fee and cancellation waivers.

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US carriers announce store closures as coronavirus lockdowns commence

The United States is in lockdown for the foreseeable future as officials and health experts hope to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as much as possible. Landline and wireless service providers have pledged to keep service on for all customers over the next 2 months as employment becomes a tenuous proposition for many in this period of isolation. But for those who drop off their payments at a store or for anyone with an immediate need to purchase a phone at this time, you should know that Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon either have or are going to temporarily close a number of their stores.

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Sprint has the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G for under $17/mo, valid now until April 9th (Sponsored)

A premium smartphone demands an equally capable network. The new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G and Sprint's True Mobile 5G service were made to compliment one another, weaving the best hardware and connection speeds into an undeniably powerful package. For a limited time, you can pick up a brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G on Sprint for just $16.67/mo.

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Galaxy S20 sales are here: Here are the best release-day deals from carriers, retailers, and Samsung

Samsung put out its phones. We've put out our review. You've yet to make a purchase decision. It's okay. If you didn't pre-order a Galaxy S20, S20+, or S20 Ultra, don't worry: depending on which retailer your prefer, you may have greater incentive to buy a shiny new 5G phone today. We've got the details on all the sweeteners these brands are offering to get a shiny new slab in your hands.

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Every 5G city and region for every major carrier in the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) (Update: Latest 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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You can still pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip from AT&T and Sprint

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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All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up the tech world, leading to factory and store shutdowns all over China. This could mean we'll see some production shortages, but fears of the virus spread also have more tangible effects. Many companies have decided to withdraw from or limit their availability at MWC 2020, slated to begin February 24. To hinder contamination, the fair organizer GSMA has put a vast number of actions in motion to keep attendees as safe as possible.

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US district court approves merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, denying claims brought by states

The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been approved by the US Federal District Court, following a suit brought by several US states meant to halt the process. After the ruling, T-Mobile announced that it's beginning the "final steps" to complete the merger, and Sprint's stock is up over 70% at the time of writing.

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