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AT&T confirms it is sending surprise Galaxy Note9s to some customers affected by its 3G shutdown

AT&T confirms it is sending surprise Galaxy Note9s to some customers affected by its 3G shutdown

Ahead of the shutdown of its 3G network early next year, AT&T has been prompting customers who own devices that are set to become obsolete to get new phones. It's gone so far as to offer a free if cheap replacement for those who request one. However, some subscribers who have yet to take action of any sort on this matter are receiving devices anyway and they're not the phones we were told to expect.

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AT&T says that alleged massive customer data hack didn't happen on its watch

AT&T says that alleged massive customer data hack didn't happen on its watch

Last week T-Mobile elicited groans after it confirmed a massive hack of customer data — its fourth such hack in four years. For a short time it appeared that something similar had happened to its in-country carrier rival, AT&T: a post on an illicit hacker forum claimed to have customer data from 70 million people, selling for $200,000. But in contrast with T-Mobile's response, AT&T says its investigation of the sample data indicates that it didn't come from the company's servers.

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Don't order your Galaxy Z Fold3 or Flip3 before checking out these carrier deals

Don't order your Galaxy Z Fold3 or Flip3 before checking out these carrier deals

The announcement's out. In the U.S., the Galaxy Z Flip3 is priced at $1,000 for the 128GB version and $1,050 for the 256GB version while the Fold3 with 256GB or 512GB of storage sits at $1,800 and $1,900. Both come up for pre-orders today and they'll ship from August 27. Now comes all of the ways to cut down that total and fill up your cart from your friendly neighborhood carrier, retailer, and/or Samsung itself.

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The FCC shows you where the data's at with new nationwide LTE map

The FCC shows you where the data's at with new nationwide LTE map

Carriers and phone manufacturers might be talking about nothing but 5G lately, but when it comes to the infrastructure that keeps most of us online, day-in and day-out, the US still very much runs on LTE. While such 4G coverage is fantastically strong in many places, that's still far from the case everywhere, and it hasn't always been easy to get straight answers from the carriers about exactly what kind of reception you can expect, and where. Thankfully, the FCC has just taken a big step towards fixing that, publishing its first standardized nationwide map of 4G coverage.

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Some Puerto Rican and US Virgin Island AT&T customers are losing their phone numbers

Some Puerto Rican and US Virgin Island AT&T customers are losing their phone numbers

In 2019, AT&T announced that it was selling its phone business in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to Liberty, who would take over operations in the two markets. However, a small number of customers in those countries with Puerto Rican or US Virgin Island area codes/phone numbers who continued to primarily use their devices in the US mainland were able to continue as AT&T subscribers. Unfortunately, AT&T now requires that those customers change their phone numbers, though they are also being offered a $100 Visa Reward card for their trouble.

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LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy Chromebook Go now available through AT&T

LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy Chromebook Go now available through AT&T

There are plenty of great mid-range Chromebooks up for grabs these days, but manufacturers haven't forgotten to focus on more affordable laptops. Chrome OS is perfect for gadgets below $400, and you can finally add another option to the list. Samsung's new Galaxy Chromebook Go is now available for purchase, and it'll only run you $300 for the standard model

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Samsung's July 2021 update is coming to the Galaxy S20 on Verizon

Samsung's July 2021 update is coming to the Galaxy S20 on Verizon

By this point, we know pretty well what to expect from Samsung when it comes to monthly security updates. Usually some international market will get the next month's release a little early, still in the waning days of the previous month — exactly like we just saw happen for the July release right at the end of June. And then if we're very good and patient, a few days later we start seeing the first releases start to appear for US carriers — just like what's happening right now.

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Hat trick: Verizon is the latest carrier to use Google Messages for default RCS

Hat trick: Verizon is the latest carrier to use Google Messages for default RCS

And another one's down. Following similar announcements for AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon has announced that as of 2022, all its Android devices will come with Google Messages and RCS enabled by default. That gives Google the trifecta of major carriers in the US, at least as far as Android hardware is concerned.

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There's only one carrier in the US with 5G you'll actually appreciate

There's only one carrier in the US with 5G you'll actually appreciate

Opensignal is an analytics company that uses aggregated data from smartphones to generate reports on carrier performance. For the July edition of its US metrics, in both its overall mobile experience and 5G-specific reports, T-Mobile edged out its competition in the "big three" US carriers. It seems the acquisition of Sprint has truly leveled the playing field, as no carrier between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile was able to make a clean sweep of either report.

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AT&T juices up its most expensive wireless plan with one key advantage over T-Mobile

AT&T juices up its most expensive wireless plan with one key advantage over T-Mobile

AT&T is going to bat for its high-flying, high-paying customers by boosting several amenities in its Unlimited Elite service plan and International Day Pass for data needs while traveling. These upgrades bring the carrier into line with what T-Mobile offers for its top-tier subscribers.

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