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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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Verizon launches RCS profile with support for Galaxy S9, S9+

The state of RCS messaging in the United States is a little bleak at the moment. Sure, it's got a massive character limit that puts SMS to shame, more multimedia options than MMS, and read receipts, but availability is inconsistent and the resources it takes to set up servers are not small. Verizon had planned on bringing on its RCS profile by "early 2019," and, if you consider "before July 1" early enough for you,  it has succeeded in delivering it to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.

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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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LG V40 ThinQ gets Pie update on Verizon

It wasn't that many years ago that LG was releasing the first phone with Nougat, but times have changed. Now, LG is unusually slow to update its phone, even with that fancy new upgrade center! Well, at least owners of the v40 ThinQ on Verizon can enjoy an update today, late though it may be.

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Verizon Galaxy S10 5G sales begin as testing shows its gigabit capabilities

Verizon is celebrating the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G today with a new round of speed trials — some even breaking past the 1Gbps mark — and the announcement of 20 cities that will get 5G service by the end of the year. The carrier is also pushing customer incentives to defray the massive cost of its first integrated 5G smartphone.

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The Pixel 3a is on so many carriers and there are so many deals

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have just been announced at Google I/O 2019 and will be on the most carriers in the United States than any other generation of Pixel phone. Google Fi, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, and Visible are pegged to sell the phones as early as today for about $400 and $480, respectively. We've got all you need to know about any deals and quirks you should watch for.

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Big four US carriers face class action lawsuits after selling customer location data

Collecting location data from customers' smartphones with permission is one thing, but selling it on to third parties is something the big four US carriers have faced increasing criticism for over the past year. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all released statements along the lines of 'we're sorry, your data is important to us,' but legal action is now being taken.

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Verizon offers $1,100 off purchase of two Pixel 3s with a new unlimited line via bill credits

Verizon is no stranger to buy-one, get-one promotions, though they're usually nothing particularly special. However, Big Red is running a pretty enticing deal for Mother's Day: $1,100 off via bill credits with the purchase of two Pixel 3s and the addition of a new unlimited line.

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