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[Update: Rolling out again] T-Mobile keeps jumping the gun on premature Galaxy flagship updates, most recently with the S9/S9+

Most of us get pretty excited when we see a new update announced for our phones. But for Samsung Galaxy flagship owners on T-Mobile, that excitement is often short-lived. John Legere and co. are beginning to build a track record for prematurely announcing updates that aren't available, primarily for Galaxy phones.

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New Ookla and OpenSignal reports agree that T-Mobile has the fastest LTE with Verizon close behind

The big four US carriers (possibly soon to be the big three) are always arguing about who has the best network, but that's usually just marketing spin. Numbers don't lie, though, and both Ookla (owner of Speedtest) and OpenSignal have new reports that point to T-Mobile as the fastest, but Verizon is right on its tail.

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T-Mobile expands free roaming to 210 countries, adds $5 international LTE day passes

T-Mobile was the first US carrier to really push the idea of free international roaming, although the data speeds have always been terrible. Still, your T-Mobile phone works in other countries, which is more than you could say a few years ago. Now, Tmo has expanded free roaming to even more countries, and there's a cheaper option if you want LTE data while traveling the world.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 arrives at AT&T and T-Mobile, joined at the house of Legere by LG's Stylo 4

Most of us probably focus on flagships in the news—after all, it's the high-performance, expensive devices that get all the fun new features first—but there are plenty of other phones out there. The majority of people probably don't concern themselves with picking up the latest and greatest gadgets, and mid-range phones like Samsung's Galaxy J7 fill that niche. So those on a budget picking up a phone from T-Mobile or AT&T now have some added choice starting today, as Samsung's Galaxy J7 has arrived at both carriers. As an added bonus, T-Mobile also now has the LG Stylo 4.

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[Update: More details] RCS Universal Profile rolling out on T-Mobile, starting with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Back in March, T-Mobile promised that it would deploy the Universal Profile for inter-carrier RCS compatibility by the end of Q2 of this year. Although magenta subscribers have had RCS for in-network communications since 2015, and other US carriers have their own proprietary implementations, Sprint was the only one to support it at this "universal" level, courtesy of Google's Jibe. Now, with just two days to spare on its original estimate, T-Mobile is rolling out support for RCS Universal Profile 1.0.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

Most US models of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have received their Android 8.0 Oreo updates by now. AT&T got first place, with Verizon hot on its heels and Sprint coming in third. It's now the T-Mobile versions' turn, leaving the US unlocked model as the only major American S7 that hasn't received Oreo yet.

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T-Mobile announces FamilyMode, a paid service for keeping tabs on kids

Many mobile carriers — like Verizon and Project Fi — offer ways of monitoring kids' mobile activity. Today, the "Un-Carrier" announced its take on the concept, which it's calling FamilyMode. T-Mobile's approach is novel, though, in that it includes an optional piece of hardware that extends the service's functionality to your home Wi-Fi network.

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LG could be planning an Android One Q7 variant exclusive to T-Mobile

While the Android One program was initially intended to be something more akin to what Android Go is now, it's still a simple, bloat-free version of the OS that gets faster updates than skinned OEM devices. Until Nokia decided to go all in with Android One, there was very little choice when it came to devices, but it looks like other manufacturers are coming around to the benefits.

Rumors have been circulating for a little while that LG is planning to release an Android One smartphone. XDA Developers has been digging around for evidence, and it looks like we can expect a variant of the LG Q7 to launch running a vanilla Android build.

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T-Mobile's LG Aristo 2 PLUS is launching on June 15th with Android 7.1 Nougat

Android Oreo is nearly a year old now, and we're on our third Android P developer preview. So why exactly is LG launching the Aristo 2 PLUS on T-Mobile with Android 7.1 Nougat? Yes, it's a budget-oriented phone with its unnamed 1.4GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, but it's 2018. Come on.

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[Update: Now on Amazon] LG G7 ThinQ now available for purchase in the US, here's where to buy it

LG's latest mainstream device is the G7 ThinQ, a phone that was subject to months of rumors before the official announcement. The G7 isn't particularly special, but it's not necessarily bad either. If you've been wanting to buy it, you can now order the G7 from all major US carriers (except AT&T, who wants to sell you the V35 instead) and several retail stores.

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