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Verizon's revolutionary new Moto Razr doesn't even work on its 5G network

Motorola finally announced the long-rumored Moto Razr yesterday, and it's going to be launched exclusively on Verizon in January 2020. While the company positions the device as revolutionary and cutting-edge, there's one thing in it that certainly isn't that: Its antennas can't receive Verizon's mmWave 5G transmissions.

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The foldable Moto Razr is official, coming exclusively to Verizon on January 9th for $1,500

There are some grown adults who don't know the satisfaction of snapping a clamshell phone closed to hang up on someone. Well, those days are coming back with the new foldable Razr. Motorola has unveiled the device after months of leaks, most of which were right. The new Razr is a Verizon exclusive, and it'll cost you a whopping $1,500 when it launches in early 2020.

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Verizon launches its own Android TV set-top box, called Stream TV (Update: No Netflix)

Today, Verizon introduced its rumored Android TV-powered set-top box. The Verizon Stream TV is available to order directly from the company's site. Other than the signature red checkmark on top, the product is unbranded, and we haven't confirmed the manufacturer yet (though one source tells us it's very similar to Xiaomi's Mi Box).

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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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Every 5G city and region for every major carrier in the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint)

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, 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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Verizon now selling Moto G7 Play seven months after launch

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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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Verizon offering a free year of Disney+ to Unlimited and home internet customers

Disney and Verizon have announced a partnership that will give customers on Verizon's Unlimited plans a free year of Disney+. The upcoming streaming service, which features content from Disney and its ever-expanding list of subsidiaries (Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic), is set to launch on November 12. Eligible Verizon customers will receive one free year of Disney+ — a $70 value.

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[Update: Nor Verizon] T-Mobile Pixel 4 and 4 XL won't support RCS at launch

Google's been making a push for platform-agnostic RCS messaging for some time now, but carriers haven't always been the most cooperative partners. That apparently continues to be the case, as a T-Mobile representative has confirmed that Pixel 4 devices purchased from the carrier won't support the standard at launch.

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