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Tip: Verizon Total Mobile Protection's open enrollment period is expiring in a week

Verizon's $13/month Total Mobile Protection is a nice way to ensure that you're not out several hundreds of dollars if you break or lose your phone. However, it can usually only be added within 30 days of a new device's purchase. But from time to time, Verizon will initiate an open enrollment period for Total Mobile Protection. The carrier opened one near the beginning of April, and it's going to expire in a week.

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LG G7 ThinQ availability including pre-orders, release date, carriers, and more

LG has finally revealed its next flagship phone: The G7 ThinQ. Although we have a good idea of the specs and capabilities packed inside LG's latest flagship—including its AI-powered camera and "Super Bright" screen—some unresolved particulars still remain. For a more detailed assessment of the hardware and software experience, you'll have to wait for our full review. But the question of carrier availability is one that can be answered now.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to LG G6 on Verizon

As Android P approaches, some users of newer devices still waiting for Oreo are becoming increasingly frustrated. But LG G6 owners on Verizon Wireless are getting some relief: Android 8.0 is rolling out to the device now.

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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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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact now works on Verizon

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Verizon Mother's Day deals include BOGO on Pixel 2 with free Google Home Mini and Chromecast

Mother's Day is almost upon us and so are the related deals. If your mom needs a new phone and you do too, or maybe if both your mom and mother-in-law need new phones, you may want to give Verizon's BOGO offers a look.

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Samsung will cram bloatware apps from Verizon's Oath into its phones

You know what my $800 smartphone is missing? Sponsored content and ads that are accessible with a hardware button. No one has ever actually said that and meant it, but that's what Samsung owners could be getting very soon. Verizon's Oath, which includes Yahoo and AOL properties, has announced a deal with Samsung to integrate its content and "native ads" into Bixby Home and pre-load more bloatware apps. As if you didn't already have enough reason to disable Bixby.

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[Deal Alert] Get $500 off the Verizon Pixel 2 XL at Best Buy

If you’re still itching to get your hands on the Pixel 2 XL, now is the perfect time to grab a sweet, sweet bargain. Best Buy is currently offering the Verizon model with a whopping $500 off, suddenly making Google’s latest flagship one of the most affordable high-end handsets.

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AT&T and Verizon are under investigation for colluding to let eSIM phones remain locked to their networks

The US Department of Justice is investigating AT&T and Verizon for allegedly colluding with the GSMA to influence eSIM standards so as not to threaten their dominance over the US consumer market. The investigation was opened five months ago after Apple and an unnamed wireless carrier complained to the DOJ, according to Reuters.

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[Update: Verizon responds] Verizon promises Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge but does not deliver

Verizon has begun rolling out a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The release notes on the carrier’s website say that the update includes Android 8.0 Oreo, but users who have already installed the release were disappointed to find it didn’t quite deliver everything that was promised.

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