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These are the alternative carriers that use AT&T's network

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Here are a list of the alternative carriers that work with AT&T's network.

Note: This article was last updated February 27, 2017.

What is an MVNO? It's a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), or an alternative carrier. They've become increasingly reliable over the years and remained the cheapest in the mobile industry. And perhaps you didn't know that some of the major operators are actually providing for those smaller carriers. These are the ones that use AT&T's network, which means that the signal should be pretty good in most parts of the U.S.

If you're curious whether your phone will work with AT&T, make sure it supports at least one (but preferably all) of the following LTE bands:

  • Band 4
  • Band 12
  • Band 2
  • Band 5

Complete List of AT&T MVNOs

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17 min ago

Spigen is offering a variety of its LG G6 cases for as little as $4 for a limited time

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Our friends at Thrifter are back with another great deal, this time saving you 70% on select Spigen LG G6 cases!

The LG G6 is now official and it has a huge display and lots of glass, so odds are you'll want to keep it in a case of some sort. If you're looking for a great option that doesn't add too much bulk or make it look ugly, you'll want to check out Spigen. Right now the company is offering 70% off a variety of its cases for the LG G6 ahead of its release, so you can have one delivered before you get your phone so it is protected from the start.

Whether you are looking for a clear slim case, or a wallet case, there is likely something here that will meet your needs, so see which one you like! Some of the cases are available right now, others are listed as pre-order with shipping dates of as late as March 13, so be sure to check on the one you want for its availability.

These deals are only good for one day, February 27, so if you are interested be sure to grab one now! Which option will be protecting your new LG G6 when it arrives? Let us know in the comments!

For more great deals on tech, gadgets, home goods and more, be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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49 min ago

Moto G5 Plus with Snapdragon 625 is coming to India on Mar. 15

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The Moto G5 Plus will make its debut in India on March 15.

Motorola unveiled the Moto G5 and G5 Plus at Mobile World Congress yesterday, introducing a metal chassis and much-needed spec upgrades. With India being the largest market for the Moto G series, it's not surprising that Motorola is teasing the imminent launch of the Moto G5 Plus in the country. According to a recent tweet, the Moto G5 Plus will make its debut in India on March 15.

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54 min ago

LG Watch Sport vs. Huawei Watch 2: The right and wrong way to do Android Wear 2.0

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Huawei Watch 2 vs. LG Watch Sport

And now we have another Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch to check out.

The one-two punch of the big LG Watch Sport and sleek LG Watch Style didn't hit every market segment, and that's fine because we always knew other companies would step in and provide different options. The Huawei Watch 2 is the first of those alternative choices — a follow-up model to the well-received Huawei Watch, and another choice for those who want a new watch built for Android Wear 2.0.

Interestingly the Huawei Watch 2 doesn't follow the design of its predecessor, and instead goes with a more active design that actually lines it up nicely against the LG Watch Sport. A step further, the Huawei Watch 2 is launching at a similar price point. So how do these two compare? After reviewing the LG Watch Sport, I took a look at the Huawei Watch 2 alongside it to see how they stack up.

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1 hour ago

Buy a Google Home, get a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio for free

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Get a Chromecast for free when you pick up a Google Home.

Google is rolling out a new promotion for the Google Home that includes a free Chromecast or Chromecast Audio with every purchase, a $35 value. To avail the deal, you'll have to add either the Chromecast or ChromeCast Audio to your cart along with the Google Home, after which the discount will be applied automatically .

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1 hour ago

AT&T is finally getting serious with its Unlimited Plan

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Looks like somebody woke up over at AT&T.

Thanks to Verizon Wireless, and by extension T-Mobile, it looks like cellular plans without data caps are becoming popular again. While Big Red and Magenta continue to sling bad insults at each other on Twitter over which company is "the best," a lot of folks subscribed to the other carriers were wondering when an actually competitive response to these new plans would arise.

We've seen Sprint try and fail to offer something interesting, but now it's AT&T's turn up to the plate again. Here's how its new plans break down.

AT&T's big flagship unlimited plan is fairly competitive. You pay $90 for a single line of "unlimited" with a 22GB cap before speed throttling and 10GB of tethering before speed throttling. Adding a second line brings the monthly total to $145 monthly, with the option to add more lines for an additional $20 each. If you are a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber, you are eligible for a $25 monthly bill credit under this deal.

There is also an Unlimited Choice plan, for those a little more budget conscious. This is an "unlimited" plan that restricts all data access to 3Mbps as a top speed, and automatically scales all streaming video down to 480p. This plan runs $60 monthly for a single line, and $155 monthly for four lines. There's no U-Verse bill credit attached to this plan, but it doesn't seem to have an upper limit on the 3Mbps speeds.

These plans, which AT&T will roll out on March 2, are a great deal more competitive than the original response to Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. While it's a little odd to see this weird form of corporate peer pressure spread across the cellular landscape, it does seem like these plans are genuinely better for users.

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1 hour ago

How to set up payments with Google Home

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Now that payments are built into Assistant, your Google Home can not only keep your shopping list but order from it, too.

As of this writing, payments only work for Google Express. Google Express is an online market built from more than 40 nationwide retailers. You'll find companies like Target, Toys R Us, Costco, Walgreens and more. Shopping through Google Express is just like shopping most anywhere else. You can also pay a membership fee for extras like free shipping and no Costco access fees for people without a Costco membership.

Before you can do any of this from your Google Home, you need to set up payments. these payments are separate from anything you might have in Google Wallet or Google Pay but they're easy to set up through the Google Home app.

  1. Open the Google Home app and get into the menu by tapping the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner.
  2. Make sure the Google account you want to be tied to your payment methods is the one shown. If not, tap the triangle beside the account name to change it.
  3. Tap More settings and go to the bottom where you'll find Google account settings.
  4. Tap the Payments entry then tap Get started.
  5. After you agree to the terms and conditions (be sure to read them because this is your money we're dealing with here) you'll set up a default payment method. If you have already set up payments for another Google service, like Google Play or YouTube, you'll see that card listed. If you want to use the same card you can tap Next to continue.

  6. If you don't have a payment method listed or want to use a new one, tap Add credit or debit card to add the card details. You'll need to give the correct name and billing address like you would for any other online payment method, and when that's done tap the Save label. This is now your default payment method and you can tap Next to continue.
  7. Next, you'll need to provide a delivery address. Just like the card information in the payment method section, if you already have an address on file you'll see it here and be able to choose it. If that's the case, tap Next to continue.
  8. If you don't have an address on file for a Google service or want to enter a different one, tap Add new address and enter all the details. Tap Save to store it and Next to continue.
  9. Now you need to let Assistant know which Google Home(s) is allowed to take voice orders and pay for products. If you have more than one Google Home you'll see each listed with a toggle switch that you can turn payments on or off with. If you only have one, you'll see a switch to turn payments on or off.

Now you're all set up to take payments and order things with your voice. Try asking Google Home "OK Google, how do I shop?" to get an idea of how to let Home know you want it to buy something for you. Visit this Google help page for more details on managing your shopping list and making orders through Google Home, or to chat with someone who can help.

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1 hour ago

Casey Neistat delivers a powerful message in Samsung's Oscars ad

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"We're the makers. The directors and creators of this generation."

At last year's Oscars, Samsung showcased the Gear VR with William H. Macy, while YouTube personality Casey Neistat took the 360-degree camera out onto the red carpet. For this year's Academy Awards, Samsung is once again partnering with Neistat in a commercial titled, "The Rest of Us," where he talks about the increasing role played by YouTube and smartphones in general in shaping the content of the future.

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2 hours ago

HTC Vive gets new financing options, Vive Tracker and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap will cost $99 each

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Here's when you'll be able to buy HTC Vive's latest accessories.

HTC announced two new accessories for the Vive last month at CES, and today at Mobile World Congress the company is revealing pricing and availability information. The Vive Tracker — which lets you turn real-world objects into VR peripherals — will be up for sale for developers starting March 27 for $99, with a consumer version coming later this year. HTC has also detailed new financing options for customers looking to pick up the VR headset.

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4 hours ago

ZTE's Blade V8 Lite and V8 Mini are two new phones meant for the youths

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Are you a young millennial? ZTE's latest mid-range devices are equipped with the hardware you'll need for living your very best life.

ZTE is launching two new Android-powered smartphone from its youth-oriented line at MWC 2017. The Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite boast plenty of "features for young people" in addition to stylish metallic chassis.

The Blade V8 Mini sports the same 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual-rear cameras featured on the original Blade V8 Pro. It's equipped with a refocus mode that lets you select the focus area after you've shot the photo. The Blade V8 Mini also supports 3D shooting, a manual mode, auto HDR, and a multiple camera mode. You can view all the pictures you shot on its 5-inch HD display.

Inside, the Blade V8 Mini runs on a decidedly low-end Snapdragon 435 with 2GB of RAM. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as an unremovable 2,800mAh battery. There's also an expansion slot if its 16GB of storage seems too meager for you. The Blade V8 Mini will run Android 7.0 out of the box.

The Blade V8 Lite is an even lower end product from ZTE. The camera on this one has been bumped down to one 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, though there's still a 5-megapixel front-facing one. The VR Lite's display is also 5-inches long, though it's only 720p. It's also packed with a MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,500mAh battery and 16GB of onboard storage, with the option to get more via expansion slot.

There are few launch details for the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite. The V8 Mini's launch will be in various markets across Asia Pacific and Europe, while the V8 Lite will be marketed towards European markets, namely Italy, Spain, and Germany.

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6 hours ago

Top 10 things to know about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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A big, beautiful new phone, but it may not be worth the price.

Sony's latest flagship is the Xperia XZ Premium, and it's really nice. It's one of those phones you don't want to touch because it's so nice to look at. You may also not want to touch it because the damn thing is incredibly shiny, exposing fingerprints as well as any mirror. And it may not be worth buying because, well, there are just better devices out there at a lower price.

Interested in this phone? Here are a few things you need to know about Sony's best phone ever.

This is the second 4K phone, and the first with HDR

Sony debuted the 4K smartphone in 2015 with the Xperia Z5 Premium, and this year's follow-up has a better, brighter 5.5-inch 4K panel with a trick up its sleeve: HDR support.

Content that supports HDR — High Dynamic Range — will look more vivid and colorful on the XZ Premium's 4K display. Let's just hope that Netflix updates its app to support the Premium's setup because we need some of that streaming goodness on here.

It may be only the second phone to launch with the Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 is one of the most anticipated updates to phone chips in a long time. Faster, more efficient, with better support for VR, high-speed LTE, and smarter cameras, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium may be only the second device to launch with the chip after the Samsung Galaxy S8.

A phone with a 4K needs a powerful SoC inside. The Xperia Z5 Premium was powered by the troubled Snapdragon 810, and while it didn't have performance problems, it also didn't upscale a lot of content. Sony says that this year's follow-up will take it upon itself to do just that, and that's mainly because the Snapdragon 835 can take the hit without affecting the battery too harshly.

The new camera isn't all new

People don't buy phones; they buy cameras that connect to the internet. Sony understands this, and has designed its devices around the camera experience for years. But as much as it's tried to outdo the likes of Samsung, LG and Apple, it continues to come up short.

Sony thinks the XZ Premium has what it takes to beat the competition in 2017 with a new "Motion Eye" camera setup that lowers the resolution from 23 megapixels to 19 while increasing the size of the individual pixels, ensuring improved low-light results. At the same time, a new connection between the camera sensor and the phone's memory allows for caching of photos — predictive capture, as it's called — five times faster than any previous Sony phone, so no frames are lost during quick-shutter action shots.

That same new setup also allows for the new 960fps slow motion mode, which looks to deliver outstanding results. I can't wait to use this.

The glass backs are reflective af

Seriously, this is the most reflective phone I've ever seen. The Luminous Chrome variant is the worst offender, offering an easily-tarnished mirror finish that shows off every fingerprint.

As long as you're not too particular, and walk around with a microfiber cloth in your bag or pocket, the Xperia XZ Premium could stay pristine, but it's likely to pick up hairline scratches pretty quickly — a problem with all phones, but exacerbated by the reflectiveness of the Gorilla Glass 5.

There's still no fingerprint sensor in the U.S.

Seriously Sony, this is getting ridiculous. While the company won't divulge the reason for the feature's continued omission in its most underserved market, we're getting a little tired. This is an essential feature, both for security and convenience, and the longer we go without it, the less likely we are to recommend phones. Especially one that's likely approaching $900.

It's water resistant and dustproof

Like most Sony phones of the last few years, the Xperia XZ Premium is IP68 water resistant and dustproof. The ratings mean you can submerge the phone in up to one meter for an extended period without incurring damage. And, of course, there are no port covers to worry about.

It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat

We may be beyond it by the time the phone is released in late spring — late May, early June — the Xperia XZ is currently certified for Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which means that it will support all the latest goodies from Google, including rounded icons, image keyboards, and more.

Sony's skin continues to be very light and very fast, and there's no question that the company has learned its lesson in deviating too far from Google's recommendations. This isn't Samsung; Sony doesn't have the customer loyalty, nor the resources, to develop great custom skins, so the more it keeps to Google's Android the better.

Indeed, the new launcher has Google Now to the left of the main home screen, a result of the deprecation of the Google Now Launcher and opening that feature up to manufacturers. Great to see Sony implementing it so quickly.

There's no price or U.S. carrier information

Right now, the Xperia XZ Premium is coming to the U.S. in "late spring," according to Sony, and it has no explicit price or U.S. carrier partners. Indeed, we've been told the phone won't be sold at U.S. carriers, but will instead be offered unlocked on Amazon. That's all well and good, but based on the smaller Xperia XZs's price of $699.99, it's easy to see this phone approaching $900. Whether people will be willing to spend that much on a large, shiny 4K phone remains to be seen.

You can capture slo-mo video at 960fps

Yup. Insane.

It may only be 720p, but think about the constrast between a regular 30fps capture and something as smooth as 960fps, slowed down to look great on this big, beautiful screen. I'm drooling just thinking about it.

You probably shouldn't buy this phone in the U.S.

And then I consider buying one. Just think about the phone market right now. It's chock full of unbelievably powerful, well-made phones delivering on promises of innovation year after year. Sony may be unveiling the Xperia XZ Premium before Samsung's Galaxy S8, but it's almost certainly going to be available well afterwards — well after Samsung has sucked up all the air in the proverbial room and convinced millions of customers to upgrade, including many Sony Xperia users.

Sony is in a tough position. It knows it makes good phones, but it also understands that its strategy of consistent iterative updates leaves some people cold; it's more akin to an annual car refresh than a big-time reveal. The Xperia XZ Premium is likely a great phone — it's certainly striking, and quite attractive — but there's no way the camera will be as good as the Galaxy S8's, nor its battery as long-lasting as the Huawei Mate 9.

With a price almost certainly approaching $900, and no fingerprint sensor in the U.S., you may want to give this one a pass.

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6 hours ago

Sony's four new phones are beautifully made, terribly named

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Sony unveils four more phones — can you keep track of its lineup anymore?

Sony has a phone problem. It keeps announcing replacements for phones that no one bought, or couldn't buy, or refused to buy because they lack a fingerprint sensor.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Sony has added four new phones to its ecosystem, all with names that are sure to confound its eventual owners and detractors alike. One only, the Xperia XZ Premium, is truly interesting — it has a 4K display that supports HDR — while the other three, the Xperia XZs, Xperia XA 1, and Xperia XA 1 Ultra, have a few notable features inside iterative spec sheets and limited availability, especially in the U.S.

We'll start with the most interesting. The Xperia XZ Premium takes the shell of the XZ announced last September and increases the size. Its 5.5-inch display has a 4K resolution, and it's one of the nicer displays we've ever seen on a phone. In fact, this one is compatible with the latest HDR specifications, meaning that it will output supported content in more vivid colors with better dynamic range. Built with a double-anodized metal frame, both the front and back are outfitted with Gorilla Glass 5, and each of the two colors — Deep Sea Black and Luminous Chrome — shimmer off the glass back in a parade of reflectiveness. This is possibly the most mirror-like phone ever created.

To reinforce its high-end target demographic, the phone comes with a brand new Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage standard. It's IP68 water and dust resistant, and in all markets but the U.S. has a side fingerprint sensor. Basically, if you've used the Xperia Z5 Premium, this looks remarkably similar, but for the rounded top and bottom, and a nicer-looking camera array.

That camera, which Sony says is all new in the Xperia XZ Premium, is once again the art of iteration. This book could have been written two years ago. A Sony IMX300 sensor — the same one found inside that aforementioned Xperia X5 Premium — has been slightly altered for this device, lowering the megapixel count from 23 to 19, affecting the size of the pixels to offer better low-light performance.

This is possibly the most mirror-like phone ever created.

And while there's no OIS in here, Sony claims that its new 5-axis stabilization system, known as SteadyShot, should do the trick.

The other trick is "Motion Eye", a way of increasing bandwidth between the camera and the phone's memory bus by five times, allowing for a surfeit of incoming data. That allows for predictive capture — the idea of caching frames while the viewfinder is open and only capturing the four frames around the shutter button — in addition to the absolutely insane 960fps slow-motion feature, though only at 720p.

These are great features, but nothing particularly noteworthy — and we're always suspect of Sony's camera claims until we have the phone in hand; we're been burned too many times before — and Sony, because of the dearth of Snapdragon 835s in the market right now, isn't shipping the Premium until late spring, likely late May or early June.

There's no price right now, either, but based on the $699.99 price tag of the other flagship being launched this week, the Xperia XZs, we're not holding out for anything below $850.

That Xperia XZs is still a great-looking phone, but it's less interesting than then Premium model. That's because it's a minor refresh of the Xperia XZ announced just six months ago.

In his review of the Xperia XZ, Alex Dobie called it plainly:

The problem for Sony, like so many other Android manufacturers, is the fact that Samsung's absolutely crushing it this year. Sony's camera is great, but it's not the best. Same deal with its screen, its build quality and its battery life. And U.S. buyers once again get the short end of the stick, as Sony cheaps out on fingerprint security.

Oh, that's right, neither the Xperia XZ Premium nor the XZs have fingerprint sensors in then U.S. Phones sold in the rest of the world get the feature, but it's still an inexplicably omission, one that Sony refuses to justify.

The Xperia XZs looks exactly the same as its predecessor — same design, 1080p display — but comes with a slightly more robust 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage to augment the Snapdragon 820 processor. The new 19MP "Motion Eye" camera is here, too. Both it and the Xperia XZ Premium will run Android 7.1.1 at launch, with Sony's increasingly tolerable

The Xperia XZs will be available in the U.S. unlocked at Best Buy and Amazon for $699.99 starting on April 5.

Sony's two other devices announced at Mobile World Congress are less interesting but could prove considerably more popular. The Xperia XA 1 is a follow-up to the popular 5-inch device released last year, and the borderless 720p display is now powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, an improvement over the P10 of the original. There's also 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, nice bumps from last year, too.

A new 23MP rear shooter has trickled down from more expensive Xperia X series devices as well, making the $299.99 Xperia XA 1 a nice upgrade when it goes on sale May 1 at Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo.

Finally, a larger version of the XA 1, affixed with Ultra, will debut in late spring. The 6-inch 1080p display is the showpiece here, and there's no question that the device is more compact for it, but this is still a big phone. The phone has the same specs as the XA 1 but for the optically stabilized 16MP front-facing camera, which also comes with an LED flash.

While it would be easy to dismiss these phones as simple evolutions on existing designs, Sony clearly understands where its strengths are these days and is heavily playing into them. The Xperia XZ Premium brings back the high-end flash of the Xperia Z5 Premium while pushing display technology forward to support HDR, while embracing the latest generation SoC from Qualcomm. The other three phones are nice upgrades, but will most likely get lost in the shuffle of a very competitive handset market.

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6 hours ago

Sony Xperia XZs specs: 5.2-inch 1080p display, 19MP camera, 2900 mAh battery

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Sony Xperia XZs

Internally, not a whole lot has changed here.

Taking one step down the ladder from the Xperia XZ Premium, we have the Xperia XZs — a mid-cycle refresh of last year's Xperia XZ with the same type of body and a few key changes to the specs. You'll see a new camera on board here, as well as an extra gigabyte of RAM ... the rest is pretty much unchanged.

Here's the complete spec sheet for the Sony Xperia XZs.

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6 hours ago

Sony Xperia XZ Premium specs: 4K display, Snapdragon 835 and 19MP camera

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Sony continues to hit so many specs in a single phone.

As is the case with each Sony release window, there's one phone that stands high above the rest. In early 2017, that's the Xperia XZ Premium, and as the name would suggest it comes with a few top-end specs inside. The XZ Premium differentiates itself internally with a 4K display, a new 19MP camera, a Snapdragon 835 processor and all of the other bells and whistles you expect from a flagship phone.

Here's the complete spec sheet for the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

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