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T-Mobile might launch an expensive new international roaming plan on November 9th

International roaming used to be catastrophically expensive 100% of the time, but it's slightly less so now. T-Mobile helped pave the way for that when it started offering free 2G roaming in most countries. Leaked documents indicate that Tmo is planning a new add-on for its One plans that gives you unlimited international roaming, but it's spendy.

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[Update: Now available] Samsung reveals new LTE-equipped Chromebook Plus V2

Earlier this year, Samsung revealed a refresh of its well-regarded 2017 Chromebook Plus. The new Chromebook Plus (V2) had an unadventurous name, but it had most of what made the original great, sadly sacrificing its incredible display for a faster Y-series Celeron (read: not one of the bad ones). Now Samsung has further revealed an LTE-equipped version of the V2. The extra connectivity comes at a $100 premium, though. The new model is $599, available November 2nd.

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[Update: Certified] Razer says it will add Verizon support to the Razer Phone 2 'ASAP'

The Razer Phone 2 is a predictable and modest improvement over the first-generation Razer Phone. It has a better 120Hz screen, wireless charging, and a glowing logo. It also has Verizon Wireless support, or rather, it will soon. The new Razer Phone has the necessary hardware for Verizon, but Razer is still working to make it functional.

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The layman's guide to 5G: What should we expect from the first 5G smartphones?

5G is coming soon, but if you still have no idea what it is, or why it matters, then you're not alone. It isn't easy to gain a clear understanding of the subject — most explanations on the net end up being half vague marketing jargon and half complex technical details. That's why we're adding a new entry to our layman's guide to 5G in anticipation of the first 5G smartphones and networks in 2019.

Of course, Keegan Michael Key's recent verbal explainer on the subject covers a fair amount on the topic — "It's one better than 4G, and it's two better than 3G" — but in case you want a bit more detail, we'll attempt to set out what you can expect from this new era of wireless, in the clearest terms possible.

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Google confirms Pixel 3 support for band 41 LTE, band 30 coming soon

Google announced the Pixel 3 and 3 XL yesterday, and there was a lot to unpack even though we knew basically everything about the phones from leaks. Sometimes the small stuff can fall through the cracks on announcement day, but some potential buyers were concerned about several apparently missing LTE bands. Now, Google confirms support is either already available or coming soon.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 LTE now available on AT&T

If you're on AT&T and you've been wanting an LTE version of the best Android tablet around, then you'll be happy to know that the cellular variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is now available on the blue carrier. You have the option to buy it outright or spread the cost out over 20 monthly payments.

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You can buy the Pocophone F1 in the US, but you probably shouldn't

Xiaomi is a huge smartphone maker in many parts of the world, but not in the US. When the company announced its Pocophone sub-brand, there was some hope it could come to American shores. That doesn't appear to be the case, at least not officially. You can already purchase the Pocophone F1 from several US eBay sellers, but there are a few things to know before you do.

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Samsung announces LTE-enabled SmartThings Tracker

Keeping track of all your things can be a challenge. You could try just having fewer things, but that's no fun. Instead, why not get more things to keep track of the things you already have? Samsung has announced a device to accomplish precisely that. The SmartThings Tracker uses GPS and LTE to monitor the location of whatever you want, but you'll need to go through a carrier for the LTE service.

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US Cellular's new unlimited plan pays you back if you stay under 3GB of data usage

We all know that the supposed "unlimited" plans offered by US carriers actually impose a large number of limits. So, you might as well get something for putting up with them. US Cellular's new Unlimited with Payback plan comes with an interesting offer. Use as much data as you want, but you can get $10 back on your next bill if you keep your usage lower.

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The 5G Moto Mod will be an awkward but necessary first step into the era of 5G phones

The race to 5G is on with every carrier promising big rollouts of next-generation networks in the coming year, but what about the phones? The first wave of consumer 5G devices are likely to be Wi-Fi hotspots, but Motorola thinks it has a way to offer the world's first 5G phone with the recently announced 5G Moto Mod. It's a strange device that will require certain compromises, but it's still probably better than the way we transitioned to 4G. Remember the Thunderbolt? Yeah, that's a low bar, but still.

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