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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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Visible is removing its 5Mbps speed cap, still just $40/mo for unlimited data

Verizon's virtual carrier Visible has always had a compelling offer—just $40 per month for unlimited data. However, it caps LTE speeds at 5Mbps, which limits how much of that "unlimited" data you can use. Starting today, Visible will let customers sign up for uncapped LTE service, and it won't cost anything extra. There's a catch, though. This offer is only available for a limited time.

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T-Mobile rolls out new international data pass options

T-Mobile just announced revamped plans last month, and now it has new international data passes to go with them. The old day pass option still exists, but now you can give T-Mobile more money for more data, and those bytes won't expire as quickly.

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Sprint's 5G network is here, covering millions of people AT&T and Verizon can't

Sprint has launched its mobile 5G service in four cities — but unlike the short-range millimeter wave networks AT&T and Verizon have already turned on, this is the nation's first taste of 5G on mid-band spectrum in its coveted 2.5GHz band. All told, it covers more than 1,100 square miles and a population of nearly 3.6 million people.

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AT&T now accepts cryptocurrency payments

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Vodafone and EE just killed Huawei's 5G launch in the UK [Updated]

Things are going from bad to worse for Huawei. In the wake of the US Government executive order that restricts US companies from doing business with the Chinese tech company, the repercussions are mounting. Huawei and Honor phones could lose Google services and access to future Android updates and HiSilicon's Kirin chips are also under threat. Now, two major UK carriers have dropped Huawei from their 5G launch plans.

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[Update: DOJ still opposed] The FCC looks poised to approve T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Sprint and T-Mobile have been pushing regulators to approve their proposed merger for a year, and it looks like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is falling in line. Commissioner Brendan Carr and chairman Ajit Pai have both signaled their support on Twitter. That just leaves the Justice Department standing in the way of T-Mobile gobbling up Sprint and all its yummy spectrum.

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FCC might require carriers to block robocalls by default

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is preparing a new set of anti-robocalling measures that the commission will vote on during its next public meeting on June 6. The ruling would compel carriers to make automatic call blocking an opt-out feature for customers rather than an opt-in feature. Pai has a couple of suggestions for filtering methods including one based off the customer's own contacts list on their phone.

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Sprint will start selling Google's Pixel phones soon

Google's Pixel series of phones have been Verizon exclusives since they launched all the way back in 2016. For years, customers of other US carriers have had to purchase the phones directly unlocked from Google, and that lack of widespread retail presence has likely had a negative impact. However, today we've spotted indications that Sprint will join T-Mobile in selling Google's Pixels.

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[Case settled, 5GE indicator to remain] Mocked and now sued — AT&T taken to court by Sprint over misleading 5GE indicator

AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan won't be smiling now — while T-Mobile and Verizon calling out AT&T's "5GE" antics may have amused him, news of the federal lawsuit filed by Sprint against the company likely will not. In a strongly-worded complaint filed with the Southern District of New York, Sprint is looking to get AT&T to stop referring to its 4G LTE Advanced network by the misleading term 5G Evolution, or any other similar name with the words 5G in it.

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