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[Update: T-Mobile too] Verizon rolls out update to fix Galaxy S9 and S9+ video and phone call, iris scanner bugs

Verizon Wireless began rolling out a software update yesterday (August 10th) to fix what seems like a set of fairly uncommon bugs related to video calls, phone calls, and the iris scanner. The bug-fixing update also brings the July security patch.

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[Update: Note8 $300 off] Deal alert: Get a Verizon Galaxy S9 for $520 ($200 off) or S9+ for $640 ($200 off) from Samsung

If you're on Verizon Wireless and are interested in Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, here's a fairly straightforward deal for you: Get a Galaxy S9 for $519.99 or an S9+ for $639.99 if you sign up for a 24-month device payment plan via Samsung.com. No trade-in or down payment is required to get this $200 discount on each of these phones.

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3 of our favorite tech sales, discounts, and deals this week

Deal-hunting online is one of those seemingly harmless, fun pursuits that can quickly get out of hand. That tricky-to-satisfy urge to make sure you're getting the best value around is not at all helped by the existence of deals that come and go in a flash, tempting you to make some purchasing decisions right on the spot. While we've seen a few of those more ephemeral deals pass by this week, some sales have still managed to stick around, allowing you to make up your mind at a much more comfortable pace.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S9+ drops to $699.99 on eBay

We're not even two months away from the first day the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ officially went on sale, but we've already seen plenty of deals on these smartphones. Both of Samsung's latest flagship phones are solid contenders for the contents of your wallet, and now the dual-SIM variant of the S9+ is here to tempt you at $699.99 on eBay. That's the lowest price we've seen so far.

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Samsung rolling out update to fix Galaxy S9 and S9+ call stability issues

Reliably making phone calls on your smartphone is easy to take for granted, but there's nothing like disrupted and dropped calls to help you appreciate that simple function again. Some Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are having their voices muted or distorted during calls, or having their calls dropped altogether. Now Samsung is starting to roll out a software update in some countries to fix these issues.

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[Update x2: New pricing information] Samsung bringing 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the US in May

Samsung announced today that customers in the US will soon be able to purchase its Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones with more storage. Variants of the phones with both 128 and 256 gigabytes of internal storage will be available to pre-order beginning tomorrow, May 1, and will be on sale May 18.

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[Deal Alert] Get an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S9 for $569.99 ($150 off) or S9+ for $639.99 ($200 off), plus a free DeX Pad

Samsung's got a pretty sweet deal going on the AT&T variants of its Galaxy S9 and S9+: they're currently $569.99 ($150 off) and $639.99 ($200 off), respectively, and each comes with a free DeX Pad. Should you not be an AT&T customer, the devices can be unlocked to use on other networks if purchased outright and not financed.

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The US unlocked Galaxy S9/S9+ will get FM radio support in a future update

It's all too easy to hate on FM radio. When you've got access to an endless supply of on-demand streaming music, room on your phone to store a hefty local music library, and no shortage of options for personally tailored playlists, why bother with something as archaic as FM radio? Well, besides being free and using none of your data plan, you can also learn about local artists who might find otherwise themselves lost in the crowd of online options. And did we mention it's free? Ultimately, it's a feature we'd rather have on our phone than not. But as some new Galaxy S9 owners are discovering, things aren't working out quite as intended.

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[Update: Samsung responds] Some Galaxy S9 and S9+ units have large dead zones on the touchscreen

The touchscreen on your phone is the primary way you interact with it, so it absolutely needs to work. That makes problems like so-called "dead zones" or ignored/unregistered inputs among the most annoying out there. Based on reports, many are running into those types of touchscreen input problems with Samsung's Galaxy S9+.

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Weekend poll: Are you getting a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+?

Although there might have been a couple hiccups, Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally available for purchase in stores. The two phones might be more iterative than revolutionary, but they impressed us quite a lot in our review. So much so, in fact, that we gave the pair our Most Wanted superlative. David even recommended them over the Pixel 2 XL. So, with Samsung's latest flagships being worth it in our eyes, what do you think? Are you going to grab one?

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