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U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don't use Huawei equipment

While Huawei's Chief Financial Officer faces extradition to the United States over claims that the company avoided U.S. sanctions on Iran, Huawei might be facing another blow. According to Reuters, a U.S. security council is expected to approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, on one condition — the combined carrier can't use networking equipment from Huawei.

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Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and others will soon support the Pixel 3's eSIM

The Pixel 2 was one of the first smartphones with eSIM — a feature that allows devices to connect to cellular networks without inserting a physical SIM card. The Pixel 2 and 3 both have eSIM, but it's only used for Google Fi. That will soon change, as multiple carriers are working to support the feature.

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T-Mobile shareholders greenlight Sprint deal amid strong third quarter results

T-Mobile, the third largest wireless carrier in the US by subscriber count, posted impressive third quarter results Tuesday. The operator revealed 774,000 net new monthly-billed subscribers — far above Wall Street estimates of around 628,000 net additions. As for revenue, T-Mobile brought in $10.84 billion, beating estimates of $10.72 billion. Perhaps the best news of all for the wireless company's future, though, was its announcement that shareholders had greenlit its acquisition of Sprint, the fourth largest American carrier.

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[Deal Alert] The LG V40 is now only $10/month to lease on Sprint

The LG V40 is a very good phone, but it's really only worth considering if you can get it for a good deal. It normally costs $40 per month (over 18 months) to lease on Sprint, but there was a special preorder price of $20/month. Now there's an even better deal — the V40 is just $10/month on Sprint until November 1st.

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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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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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Sprint is finally soft launching VoLTE in select US markets

While a little late to the game, Sprint is finally joining its competitors in offering voice-over-LTE service, or VoLTE —  but the rollout has a long way to go yet. So far, the soft launch targets 15 US markets and just three devices: the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and S8 Active. The carrier will expand to more markets over the coming weeks.

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Sprint and LG say they'll offer the first 5G phone in the first half of 2019

Every carrier now has a robust and mature 4G LTE network, so it's almost time to start rolling out a new wireless standard. 5G service will start popping up at the end of this year, but there won't be phones until 2019. Sprint and LG had partnered to launch what they claim will be the first 5G phone in the US. The unnamed device will reportedly arrive in the first half of 2019.

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Sprint LG V20 now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

2016's LG V20 was basically the last flagship to ship with a removable battery, so it's no surprise that plenty of people are still using it. Its Android 8.0 Oreo update started rolling out in South Korea last week, and it's now hitting the Sprint model here in the States.

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[Deal Alert] Moto E4 is free ($145 off) on Sprint at Best Buy for today and tomorrow only

The Moto E line of phones is already affordable, but Best Buy's latest deal on the Sprint Moto E4 brings that affordability to a whole new level. For today and tomorrow only, you can get a Moto E4 for $0/month when you activate a 24-month installment plan with Sprint.

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