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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile clean up with big 5G spectrum acquisitions in latest FCC auctions

The rise of 5G is exciting, but taking full advantage of its potential is going to require carriers to expand their coverage into new parts of the RF spectrum. The FCC has been auctioning off the rights to some of these frequencies and has just completed the process for the 24GHz band while also announcing the winners of its 28GHz band auction. As was expected from the outset, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon were the largest bidders and winners of the processes.

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T-Mobile rolls out new international data pass options

T-Mobile just announced revamped plans last month, and now it has new international data passes to go with them. The old day pass option still exists, but now you can give T-Mobile more money for more data, and those bytes won't expire as quickly.

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Amazon may save the Sprint/T-Mobile merger by buying their MVNO and spectrum

The $26 billion Sprint and T-Mobile merger has been through a regulatory rollercoaster in the past several months. The pair had thought they could push through the transaction while preserving all of their spectrum and wireless service brands — but even with favorable political conditions, this didn't prove to be the case. This past week, we learned that the two have promised the FCC that they would sell prepaid carrier Boost Mobile and that the Department of Justice would require the two to divest enough spectrum to create a tenable "fourth carrier" replacement. Now, according to Reuters, Amazon has come into the dealer's circle with its offers.

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T-Mobile and Sprint might have to create spinoff carrier to get merger approved

T-Mobile and Sprint still haven't sealed the deal on a possible merger, though not for a lack of trying — approval from government regulators is the last major hurdle. T-Mobile has already promised not to raise prices for a few years if the deal is approved, but the U.S. Justice Department reportedly still isn't on board. Supposedly, the Justice Department wants the combined T-Mobile/Sprint to create a new fourth carrier, with its own dedicated network.

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Tester sneaks on to T-Mobile's 5G network in Manhattan, pulls down 500Mbps downloads

Both AT&T and Verizon are in the (very) early stages of rolling out their 5G networks, but T-Mobile is taking a while longer to get everything in order. The carrier hasn't begun to officially market its 5G network, but one person in New York was able to give it a shot using an unlocked Verizon Galaxy S10 5G — and initial results aren't bad at all.

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[Update: More notes] T-Mobile One rebrands as 'Magenta,' bumps cost of complimentary Netflix on old plans

T-Mobile is rebranding its service plan offerings away from T-Mobile ONE to Magenta. Starting from June 2, those who sign onto a new basic plan will get a mobile hotspot boost while existing customers will have to endure major shifts to the Netflix on Us program. The self-titled "Un-carrier" is also trying to round up switchers onto the new plan by letting them carry over whatever service rate discounts they have.

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OnePlus 7 Pro cases and USB-C Bullets are 25% off at T-Mobile

So, you've bought your OnePlus 7 Pro. What now? Is it time to accessorize? Well, if you didn't decide to on purchase, you can do so today with T-Mobile — most cables and adapters for the new phone are 25% off. And if you've decided to pick up a OnePlus 6T, you can get a Karbon Bumper Case for more than half off.

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[Update: DOJ still opposed] The FCC looks poised to approve T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Sprint and T-Mobile have been pushing regulators to approve their proposed merger for a year, and it looks like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is falling in line. Commissioner Brendan Carr and chairman Ajit Pai have both signaled their support on Twitter. That just leaves the Justice Department standing in the way of T-Mobile gobbling up Sprint and all its yummy spectrum.

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[Update: Early access now, full sales on Friday] T-Mobile will be the only carrier selling the OnePlus 7 Pro in the US

The age of carrier exclusives is back. For a while there, we thought that the smartphone game had changed and that users would be able to pick up any phone they wanted from their preferred operator without much drama, but that's recently proven to be more and more difficult. The first and only US carrier to offer a OnePlus device was T-Mobile with the 6T last year, and this exclusivity is continuing with the OnePlus 7 Pro.

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T-Mobile won't support RCS messaging on the Pixel 3 or 3a

The text messages we all used over the years are archaic and clunky, but RCS promises to modernize messaging with features like read receipts and file transfers. However, implementing RCS through the carriers has been an utter mess. Case in point: T-Mobile says the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL won't have RCS support on its network. We can safely assume the existing Pixel 3 and 3 XL (also now available from T-Mobile) will be the same.

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