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[Update: It's 5G time] Moto Z2 Force gets Android 9 Pie on Verizon

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Moto E6 launches in the US and Canada, but struggles to justify the $50 price hike

Motorola has traditionally served the low-end smartphone market well, but its value proposition isn't what it used to be. To make matters worse, the latest in the Moto E series comes with an unusually high price tag. The company launched the Moto E6 for $150 today, although it's hardly much of an upgrade over the Moto E5.

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Verizon's 2018 Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J3V finally get Android 9 Pie

Now that Android Q is nearly here, we're getting to the point where rolling out Pie updates is somewhat embarrassing. It's certainly better than staying on Android 8 Oreo forever, but it definitely should take this long. The latest phones to get Pie are the 2018 models of the Galaxy J3 and J3V on Verizon, which were originally released in June of last year.

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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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