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T-Mobile wins every single one of OpenSignal's State of the Mobile Networks awards

Every six months, OpenSignal releases a report on the state of mobile networks in the US, with six total awards. In February 2017's report, T-Mobile and Verizon each won four awards (there were two ties). For August 2017, though, T-Mobile managed to take all six awards, which is something that has never been done before.

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Verizon Up is the carrier's new rewards program, replaces Smart Rewards

Today Verizon has opened up a new rewards program for its customers. It is meant to replace the company's older Smart Rewards program, which also ended as of today (though points remain valid for use until November). The new system is called Verizon Up, and it's a very different kind of rewards program.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Verizon/unlocked Pixel refurb for $399.99, Pixel XL for $499.99

Despite being nearly a year old, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL still haven't seen very many non-carrier related discounts. It's honestly pretty impressive how well they've held their value, but that's not good news for those of you who don't want to pay full price. Don't worry - Woot has refurbished units of both the 5.0" and 5.5" models for just $399.99 and $499.99, respectively.

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Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ updated with new navigation bar features and Daydream support (but not really)

Earlier this month, T-Mobile Galaxy S8s received an update that reportedly enabled Daydream, but Daydream was (and still is) incompatible. T-Mobile later updated its changelog to reflect this. However, Verizon hasn't learned from Team Magenta's mistake and is reporting Daydream support in their new update's changelog as well. But things you do get include an updated navigation bar (for better or for worse), as well as the ability to send GIFs during phone calls.

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Verizon caught throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it's testing 'video optimization' tech

Netflix launched a speed test tool a while back in part because ISPs have been caught in the past doing shady things with Netflix traffic. The fast.com speed testing tool this week revealed Verizon has started throttling Netflix, and users report YouTube is also affected. So, what gives? Verizon says it's just testing some "video optimization" technology, whatever that means.

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[Deal Alert] Save up to $290 on a Pixel or Pixel XL at Best Buy with Verizon service

The Pixel and Pixel XL are both great phones, although they're getting a bit long in the tooth. Buying one for full price is a tough sell right now, but it's about time for some deals. If the Pixel 2 hype hasn't completely taken you over, you can pick up one of these devices for a good price at Best Buy, assuming you're cool with using it on Verizon.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy has Verizon Galaxy S8 for $17.50/month ($420) and S8+ for $21.50/month ($516)

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting extremely cheap for what they are, especially considering they're only about three months old. We're not entirely sure why, but hey, we're not going to complain about it. The latest deal is for the Verizon models at Best Buy, where you can pick the S8 up for just $17.50 a month ($420 total) or the S8+ for just $21.50 a month ($516 total).

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[Deal Alert] Verizon has Pixel for $15/month ($360) and Pixel XL for $20/month ($480) with free Google Home, plus other big discounts

Verizon isn't known for having the best prices so much as it is for great coverage, but that doesn't mean it can't offer up some good deals once in a while. Big Red currently has the Pixel and Pixel XL for just $15 and 20 per month, respectively, and it's throwing a free Google Home in. There are also some other nice deals available, such as the Moto Z Play Droid for $5/month and the LG Stylo 2 V for free.

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Verizon's Exynos-based Galaxy Tab S2 updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

Samsung is far from the best company when it comes to product names (remember the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch?). In a similar vein, there are actually two tablets called the Galaxy Tab S2 - one released in 2015 with an Exynos processor, and another in 2016 with a Snapdragon chip. Verizon's Snapdragon model already received an Android 7.0 update, and now it's the Exynos model's turn.

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