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[Update: Available nationwide] T-Mobile launches its own banking service, MONEY, so you can just give your carrier all of it

Not satisfied with receiving monthly sums for telecom services, T-Mobile wants to handle your money full-time. The wireless operator has quietly trial launched a banking service (if that sounds familiar, you have a sharp memory) that is currently rolling out on a limited basis. This time around, the service is called T-Mobile MONEY and it promises no account fees, no maintenance fees, no minimum balances, and a 1 percent annual percentage yield (in other words, the rate of return) on all balances, plus more for qualifying T-Mobile customers. 

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Department of Justice reportedly opposes current proposal for T-Mobile-Sprint merger [Update]

T-Mobile has been using every possible opportunity to talk up its plans to acquire Sprint, hoping to amass enough support to push the deal through. It's not a matter of public sentiment, though. The fate of the deal rests with government regulators, and the US Department of Justice has reportedly told the carriers it is unlikely to approve the $26B deal.

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Verizon's Google Pixel exclusive finally appears to be ending - it's about time

Following a report from 9to5Google this morning, we were able to independently corroborate that T-Mobile plans to sell Google's current Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones, as well as add that the upcoming (and still unannounced) Pixel 3a and 3a XL will also be available in T-Mobile stores. The exact sale date is unclear, but my guess is that it will be timed against the launch of the new 3a devices, which we're expecting on May 7th. T-Mobile being added to the Pixel roster isn't just news in the sense of T-Mobile, though - it's a pretty big deal in regard to the larger strategy with the Pixel brand and what the end of Verizon exclusivity means, as well.

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[Update: Now available] T-Mobile launches TVision to take on 'Big Cable,' keeps the crappy Big Cable prices

We've been hearing about T-Mobile's alleged home TV service for ages, but today is the big day. The revamped Layer3 is launching in a few days as TVision in eight markets. It will feature more than 150 channels, streamed directly to your home.  T-Mobile says it wants to disrupt the cable industry with TVision, but this does sound a whole lot like a traditional cable service.

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[Update: Unlocked] Android 9 Pie rolling out to the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 on Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon

Samsung's One UI is possibly the hottest update the company has issued for its devices. Owners of the S9, S9+, and Note9 have enjoyed it for a while, and so have those who bought the new S10/S10+/S10e, but users who have the older generation of flagships from 2017 have had to wait a little longer. After a few months in beta, the S8 and S8+'s update began rolling out in Europe and is now crossing the Atlantic to the US.

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T-Mobile's future video streaming services will include content from Viacom

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[Update: Pilot program first-hand account] T-Mobile wants to fix rural America's lack of ISP competition with 5G-backed wireless broadband

Today T-Mobile has announced plans to "un-carrier" the home broadband market, launching its own service that aims to provide speeds over 100Mbps to 90% of the US population. T-Mobile's wireless home ISP will eventually be powered by the company's upcoming 5G network, but in the meantime it's revealing a 4G pilot program to test the idea out.

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LG G8 US pre-orders start on March 29 ahead of April 11 release

US carriers will begin selling the LG G8 ThinQ from April 11, but AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon will each have their pre-order start dates — a couple of them as early as tomorrow, and there are some appealing early bird discounts to go along with the whole party.

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Galaxy S10+ appears to suffer major LTE signal and connectivity issues on some carriers

The Galaxy S10+ may be one of the best phones you can buy right now, but based on recent reports and our own testing, there's at least one metric where it falls behind: signal strength. It turns out that a combination of your carrier, the frequency you're connected to, and even going caseless can have a huge impact on the quality of its cellular connection, resulting in measurably lower signal strength compared to other recent phones in our testing.

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Grab your free year of MLB.TV from T-Mobile starting today, March 26 (Updated)

Along with John Legere's sass, T-Mobile customers get a lot of freebies through the carrier's Tuesdays app. One of the most significant of those is the yearly subscription to MLB.TV, and that offer is back again for 2019. You'll be able to take advantage of it on March 26.

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