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[Update: Get your pre-order on] The LG V40 is official: Where to buy it and when it's available

LG has just taken the wraps off the V40 ThinQ, its follow-up to the almost continual V30/V30S ThinQ/V35 ThinQ refreshes. The latest iteration in the V series brings real change in design, though, with a new notched and significantly improved OLED display, triple rear camera configuration, and a $900-1000 price tag to go with it.

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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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[Update: Now on Amazon] LG G7 ThinQ now available for purchase in the US, here's where to buy it

LG's latest mainstream device is the G7 ThinQ, a phone that was subject to months of rumors before the official announcement. The G7 isn't particularly special, but it's not necessarily bad either. If you've been wanting to buy it, you can now order the G7 from all major US carriers (except AT&T, who wants to sell you the V35 instead) and several retail stores.

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Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches

Securus Technologies is a Texas-based company, specializing in providing and monitoring calls to prison inmates. Securus came into the spotlight earlier this month, when a former Missouri sheriff was found using the company's service to repeatedly track people without a warrant. The New York Times reports that between 2014 and 2017, former sheriff Cory Hutcheson used the service at least 11 times, allegedly tracking a judge and members of the State Highway Patrol.

Securus obtains tracking information through a company called LocationSmart, which in turn has agreements with most U.S. carriers. Earlier this month, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon wrote a letter to various carriers asking them to independently verify that these requests are made lawfully.

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Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ get Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade on US Cellular

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners on US Cellular can now upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. The update brings the latest Samsung Experience 9.0 user interface, bringing the Galaxy S8 series in line with the Galaxy S9, as well as new features like picture-in-picture and notification dots.

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U.S. Cellular drops its unlimited data prepaid plan to $55/month

U.S. Cellular has never been one of the country's major carriers, but for many areas (especially rural regions), it's one of the top choices. The company's previous $70/month unlimited plan was in line with unlimited plans from the big four carriers, but now U.S. Cellular is undercutting the competition.

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[Not So Exclusive] US Cellular joins Sprint in offering the LG V30+ alongside regular V30

Sprint was strutting around last week, telling us all that it was going to be the only "major carrier" to offer the LG V30+ this month. However, it turns out the accuracy of that statement really depends on your definition of "major." US Cellular has just announced that it has launched both the V30 and the V30+ on its major-ish network.

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Sam's Club is offering $470 in free stuff with purchase of Note8 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular

After an incredible amount of leaking, Samsung's Galaxy Note8 is finally official. However, it's quite pricey at around $950 outright. Samsung realizes that their phones are on the expensive side, so it's offering two freebie options: a Gear 360 camera, or a 128GB microSD card and a Fast Wireless Charging Convertible pad. However, Sam's Club is taking this a step further and is offering up to $469.99's worth of extras in total.

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The Moto Z2 Force launches today on all major US carriers

Motorola's latest Mod-ready phone is on sale today. Head over to the Motorola website or your favorite carrier store, and you'll be able to pick up the Moto Z2 Force. The price ranges from $720 to as much as $810, depending on the carrier. That new 360 Camera Moto Mod is on sale as well. It's $300, though.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus officially launch today

Today is the big day for Samsung—the Galaxy S8 is officially launching after being leaked and speculated about for months. The Galaxy S8 and S8 plus are available at all major carriers and from various electronics retailers. They'll set you back a pretty penny, though.

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