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The Pixel 3 is the first Verizon LTE Android phone to be SIM locked in a decade, and that'll be a problem for some

Back in 2008, Verizon agreed to the FCC that it wouldn't lock its LTE phones in exchange for winning the 700MHz Upper Block C spectrum. Earlier this year, however, Verizon decided that it didn't have to follow the rules anymore, announcing that its phones would no longer be SIM unlocked out of the box. Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the first Android phones to follow this policy, which is proving problematic in some instances.

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[Deal Alert] The Blu Vivo XI is down to just $170 ($50 off) at Best Buy

In August, budget phone maker Blu admitted that its tendency to release tons of devices wasn't the best thing. It committed to releasing fewer but better devices, and announced its new flagship, the Vivo XI+, for $299.99. Somewhat contrary to the company's new less-is-more outlook, they also released a lower-tier version, the (non-plus) XI. That phone is now $50 off its already low normal price of $219.99 at Best Buy, going for just $169.99.

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Google Express adds Best Buy, Party City, hhgregg, and a whole lot of other new stores

This past summer we saw a lot of new stores come on board with Google Express, Google's one-stop-shop for, well, shopping. But while there's been a boatload of new retailers selling their merchandise through Google's online storefront, we've definitely noticed a trend away from big-name companies and towards a lot of more specialist stores. That situation doesn't look like it's about to fully reverse course any time soon, but today we've got that rare addition of a major new Google Express store, as Best Buy pulls up a chair.

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[Update: 'Coming soon' on Google Store] Best Buy is already stocking the unannounced third-generation Chromecast

Best Buy has a tendency of stocking products well before they are released, and it seems that has happened again. Last month, an updated Chromecast with Bluetooth and (possibly) improved Wi-Fi reception was certified by the FCC. Now someone was actually able to buy one from their local Best Buy.

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[Deal Alert] Google Home Max down to $349 ($50 off) at Google Store, Best Buy, Target, and more

The Google Home Max was announced last October and went on sale in December, just in time for last year's holiday season. Since then, the pricey smart speaker has mostly kept steady at its $399 launch price, but now a number of retailers are knocking $50 off that number, bringing it down about 12% to $349. Supplies are scarce at some of these places, and this price may not be around for too long.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked US Galaxy S9 and S9+ $100 off pretty much everywhere

Samsung's Note9 may be the new hotness, but the S9 and S9+ are basically smaller versions of the same thing, and they're a lot cheaper than the $1,000 monolith. So if you had your eye on one, waiting for the price to fall in this post-Note9 world, the time is now. Galaxy S9 and S9+ prices were recently slashed by $100 pretty much everywhere. That means you can pick up a new, unlocked, US-warrantied Galaxy S9 for as low as $620. 

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is $500 ($150 off) at Amazon and Best Buy, $470 ($180 off) at B&H

The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact were released in the United States back in April. The Xperia XZ3 series is expected to come out soon, and as such, steeper discounts on the original models have started. Now you can get the XZ2 Compact for $499.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, or $470 at B&H.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Chromebook 3 is $130 from Best Buy

These days, there are countless mid-range Chromebooks to choose from - HP's new convertible, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, the ASUS C302, and so on. But if you need a dirt cheap model, Best Buy has the 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 3 for just $129.99 right now.

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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV down to $140 ($40 off) from Best Buy

NVIDIA's SHIELD TV hasn't been getting any younger, but it's still the Android TV box to have. It was available for $139 last month, but for one day only. Best Buy currently has the same deal (okay, it's an extra 99 cents), and you can get a controller for an extra $40 on top of that.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Huawei Watch 2 Classic for $180 ($48 off) from multiple retailers

The normal Huawei Watch 2 is not all that great, but the 'Classic' variant retains the traditional timepiece design of the original model. It's a bit bulky, but it has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a recent Wear OS smartwatch. Now you can get it for $179.99, a $48 drop from the previous Amazon price and $190 off the original MSRP.

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