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When did 5G come out? The long, complicated history of its release

Although 2022 will be heralded as the year 5G went mainstream, we’ve traveled a long and winding road to get here.
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What is low-band 5G? Sub-6 explained

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5G coverage map: Where you can get 5G on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile

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T-Mobile delays shutdown of Sprint 3G CDMA network

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Yet another study shows 5G can be disappointing, but changes could be coming

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Affordable broadband out of reach for most tribal reservations in the U.S.

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Old phones will stop working with AT&T and T-Mobile. Here’s what to do about it

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T-Mobile and Sprint have merged. Here’s what subscribers should know


With Sprint merger done, John Legere steps down as T-Mobile CEO

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Get a $300 prepaid Mastercard when you switch to Sprint and bring your phone

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The FCC will hit phone carriers with a $200 million fine over location sharing


Why the Sprint/T-Mobile merger could actually help the spread of 5G

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Report: Judge to rule in favor of Sprint/T-Mobile merger

According to a new report, the judge in the lawsuit between T-Mobile and Sprint, and a coalition of state attorneys attempting to block their merger, is set to rule in favor of the two companies. The lawsuit is the last hurdle the two companies need to clear before they can finalize their merger.
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Sprint will repair cracked screens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones for $49

Sprint has launched a screen repair program for select Samsung Galaxy models, covering the Galaxy S7 to the Galaxy S9. The offer is open even to subscribers of other carriers, but Sprint requires the smartphone to be in working condition, and customers may only avail the offer once.

Sprint will pull the plug on Virgin Mobile next month

Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile is shutting down beginning next month. Customers who have the prepaid service will be transferred over to Boost Mobile, which Sprint also owns. The news of the service’s shutdown comes as Sprint and T-Mobile are on the brink of a controversial merger.
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The judge in the T-Mobile merger trial isn’t interested in a drawn-out affair

The trial that will ultimately decide whether T-Mobile and Sprint can merge began in a Manhattan federal court Monday, and it's clear that the presiding judge isn't interested in a lengthy affair. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero asked both sides to skip opening arguments, and trim their witness lists.
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T-Mobile promises free 5G for first responders if Sprint merger goes through

T-Mobile CEO John Legere promised that the carrier will offer 10 years of free 5G service to first responders if its merger with Sprint goes through in the next year. According to to T-Mobile, if all first responders sign up for the service, they could save up to $7.7 billion.
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Digital Trends Live: T-Mobile/Sprint merger, Ford’s manual EV, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Jeremy Kaplan break down the biggest trending stories in tech, including the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, Facebook’s facial-recognition, Ford’s new manual EV, drone deliveries for CVS, and more.
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The FCC has officially approved the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint

A few weeks after voting on the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, the FCC has published statements and officially passed approval. The two companies have long argued that the merger would result in a stronger 5G network, and that was one of the main reasons the FCC approved the deal.
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T-Mobile-Sprint merger jumps another hurdle with official FCC approval

T-Mobile and Sprint are one step closer to finalizing their proposed merger, as the FCC has officially voted to approve the deal. The companies still face a multistate coalition of attorneys seeking to block the deal, however, T-Mobile and Sprint now have approval from the two key federal agencies.
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Testing Sprint’s 5G speeds on the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in New York City

The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G has landed in the U.S., and it's the cheapest 5G phone you can buy on Sprint's network. It joins the LG V50 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and HTC 5G Hub to be the fourth 5G device on Sprint. Coinciding with the launch is Sprint's latest wave of 5G cities including New York and L.A.
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Phone companies say they finally have a way to block robocalls for good

Twelve of the biggest American phone companies, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, took a pledge on Thursday to start using a new technology that would identify and block robocalls. The carriers are partnering with 51 attorneys general and will announce the pledge in Washington. 

Google was sharing Android user location data with carriers worldwide

Google quietly ended a service providing cell carriers with location data from customers. The “Mobile Network Insight Service” gave data on connection speeds and integrity using a map showing data from Android users on any carrier. Data was aggregated and anonymous, and carrier names weren't disclosed.
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Sprint and OnePlus are bringing a 5G phone to the U.S. soon

Sprint and OnePlus are working together to bring a 5G smartphone to the U.S. It will be the fourth 5G product available on the carrier. OnePlus already has a 5G phone in other parts of the world. It's unclear if this upcoming phone is the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, or something new.
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It’s official: Justice Department approves merger between Sprint and T-Mobile

The Department of Justice has officially approved the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, marking a significant step forward in the proposed $26 billion deal. T-Mobile and Sprint still have an uphill battle ahead of them -- 14 states have sued to block the deal.
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Justice Department could approve T-Mobile-Sprint merger this week, report says

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department could approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger as soon as this week. The two companies still have an uphill battle ahead of them to get the merger completed, but approval from the Justice Department would be a significant step.
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An unknown number of Sprint customers had their personal info stolen by hackers

Some Sprint users had their information hacked from the “add a line” website, according to a letter Spring sent to impacted customers. Sprint said that they were informed of the unauthorized access on June 22.
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People are buying 5G phones when they don’t even have 5G

When it comes to highly-touted tech like 5G and the myriad of improvements it may offer our lives, we want the future here now, and not a minute later. Smartphone sales tell the same story, with three out of five cities selling the most 5G units without yet supporting the service.

Sprint Unlimited Kickstart is a service plan that’s actually worth switching for

Are you looking for a new carrier, or are you open to switching if it can save you some serious cash? Sprint's new Unlimited Kickstart service, which offers unlimited text, talk, and data for just $25 per month -- and no annual contract -- might be just what you need.
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We tested Sprint’s 5G. It might not be worth an upgrade yet

Sprint has launched its 5G network, and its CEO is calling it the largest initial coverage footprint in the country. We flew down to Dallas to test it out using LG’s V50 ThinQ and HTC’s 5G Hub, both of which will be available May 31. The initial rollout includes Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Kansas City.
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What is 5G E? Explaining AT&T’s misleading network on smartphones

AT&T is rebranding potentially millions of 4G smartphones to make it appear as though they are on 5G networks, explaining that technologies deeply linked to faster 5G networks already exist on 4G. Competitors argue this is false advertising -- and Sprint plans to fight it in court.

5G at MWC 2019: All the major announcements from U.S. carriers

Mobile World Congress 2019 may have been the home of a number of smartphone announcements, but it's also where carriers gave updates on the rollout of their cutting-edge 5G networks. Here are all the big announcements from U.S. carriers at Mobile World Congress 2019.
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Exclusive: Take a look at what a next-generation 5G phone will look like

5G phones will debut at MWC in mere days, but will they be clunky bricks with inefficient chips? Will they double in thickness, yet only support a few hours of connectivity? A reference design from Qualcomm looks ordinary, but it’s actually a unique glimpse of the future: This is what 5G phones will look like.
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OpenSignal report shows Verizon is still the best mobile network out there

OpenSignal has published its annual Mobile Network Experience report, highlighting different categories such as download speed and upload speed, and which among the top four carriers offers the best experience in those categories. As you might expect, Verizon holds the top spot.