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Verizon's Nokia 2 V gets Android 9 Pie, five months after unlocked model

In January of this year, HMD Global partnered with Verizon to create the Nokia 2 V. It's more or less a Nokia 2.1 with Verizon branding. The updates are also handled by the carrier, which might explain why Android Pie is rolling out to the phone five months after the regular Nokia 2.1 got it.

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Sign up for 2 months of Visible's $40 unlimited data and get a $100 prepaid Mastercard

Verizon-owned carrier Visible recently took the speed limit off of its unlimited data offering all while still charging $40 a month for talk, text, and mobile hotspot service as well. Now, the company is hopping on the Prime Day bandwagon to highlight savings on a couple of its phone. It's also ready to actually give you money if you're willing to try out its network for 2 months — seriously. But there are a couple catches to be aware of...

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Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint waive cellular fees for Hurricane Barry victims

Hurricane Barry made landfall yesterday in the U.S. southern state of Louisiana, and it has already brought heavy flooding and rainfall to the region. Even though the storm is now a less-threatening tropical storm, the damage is still ongoing. If you're a Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint customer in the area, both carriers are providing unlimited calls, text, and data service to help with communication.

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Ting is dropping support for GSM-only phones and T-Mobile, switching to Verizon

Ting Mobile has been a popular MVNO carrier for years. Much like Google Fi, it's oriented towards people who don't use a lot of cellular data, with the option to mix-and-match tiers for minutes, texts, and data usage. A major strength for Ting has been the ability to use either a GSM or CDMA network, but that will soon go away.

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy J7 V (2nd gen) updated to Android 9 Pie

The second-generation Galaxy J7 V hit shelves a little over a year ago. Three months later, even though Pie had already been officially released, it received the 8.0 Oreo update. It's taken until now for both the J7 V and its prepaid J7 counterpart to be updated to the latest Android 9 Pie.

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Google Messages RCS spotted going live on Simple Mobile, Visible, and Xfinity Mobile

Google chose RCS as the next holy grail of messaging after it shut down Allo and abandoned Hangouts. However, since the Rich Communication Services depend on the mercy of carriers and their specific device support, rollout has been exorbitantly slow, which even lead Google to take the reins and push out RCS in France and the UK using the Messages app (with more markets to follow). In the US, though, that's not the case so far. But perhaps Google calling the carriers' bluff is working, as Simple Mobile, Visible, and Xfinity Mobile are starting to support the new protocol.

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[Update: Verizon's statement] FCC says Verizon can start locking phones to its network for 60 days, must automatically unlock after

Earlier this year, Verizon announced that it was going to ask the FCC for an exemption regarding the restriction placed on its purchase of the 700MHz block back in 2008, preventing it from SIM-locking phones it sold. Verizon wanted to impose a new 60-day carrier lock on its devices, claiming that it would help the carrier fight fraud. Whether you believe that argument or not doesn't matter now, as the FCC has granted Verizon its blessing.

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AT&T crowned fastest LTE network in PCMag's 2019 tests

We've all rightly mocked AT&T for its ridiculous "5GE" branding, but the network improvements under that poorly named umbrella are having a real impact. According to PCMag's new mobile network tests, AT&T has surpassed Verizon to become the fastest network in the US. This is the first time AT&T has won in six years, which was way back in the early days of LTE.

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[Update: Now available] Verizon will start selling the LG V50 ThinQ on June 20

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G has endured a stop-and-go release schedule. In the midst of growing pains with South Korea's next-gen cellular grid, the company pushed its original home market launch date of April 19 by nearly a month. Sprint, the U.S. carrier that claimed the early lead on the device, started sales on May 31. We knew that Verizon would also take up the V50 this "summer," but it wasn't until now that we learned it would be this week — on the last day of spring.

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Verizon Total Mobile Protection is getting a price hike to $15/month

Given that many phones are now in the four-figure territory, it makes sense for people to want to insure them. Unfortunately for those people, Verizon's Total Mobile Protection insurance is getting its second price increase in 15 months. Starting June 27, the service will cost $15/month, up from $13, and the only bonus from this is the addition of battery replacement services.

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