Posts tagged with: AT&T
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    Although it probably doesn’t come with an embedded SIM just yet on American shores, Samsung’s most fashionable smartwatch to date should make a few waves among Verizon and AT&T customers, thanks mainly to its standalone cellular support. Unfortunately, we’re only talking 3G connectivity here, not full-blown 4G LTE speeds, which may put off some performance junkies. But the surprisingly good news is Ma Bell appears to charge just $250 for the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G with two-year contracts, while the outright price sits at $350 through the nation’s second largest carrier. As ...

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    Mobile World Congress may be an international event, but when we're talking about big-name Android flagships, you'd better believe that the major US carriers are taking interest in these new phones, no matter where they're announced. LG just took to the stage in Barcelona to get the expo started with its first headliner launch, introducing the metal, modular G5. We've already gone hands-on with the smartphone, its accessories, and even had the chance to compare it with last year's V10. As we get ready to take a more in-depth look at the G5, we're already hearing reports of US carrier ...

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    It’s a great time to buy a new high-end Android handheld or iPhone and activate it on America’s second largest wireless service provider, despite the wave of spring launches needing a few more days to get started. You have a couple of days to decide if it’s worth ditching your carrier for AT&T too, but it feels like a no-brainer when you’re offered up to $650 with eligible smartphone trade-ins, plus a free Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6s upon the purchase of an identical or pricier model. Wait, so the two deals can be combined? You bet, and you’re not even required to plunk ...

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    Smartphones these days pull down data at lightning-fast speeds thanks to 4G LTE connections, and modern data-hungry apps are all too ready to use as much of that bandwidth as they can get their greedy hands on. We've come a long way from sluggish 2G connections, or even the days when 3G was the norm, but just because we're regularly pulling down data at megabit speeds doesn't mean it's time to give up on progress now. Carriers are already looking to next-gen 5G networks as they get ready to bring wireless data to a growing base of smartphone users, and last year we heard Verizon talk about ...

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    The second largest mobile carrier stateside only discriminated between its Samsung and Apple-loving customers for 24 hours, as “new” iPhones now follow the Galaxy S6’s suit in offering huge bundle discounts this Valentine’s Day. For some reason, part two of AT&T’s BOGO (buy one, get one free) promotion is kept as vague as possible, the press release ironically linking to the S6 deal page and thus failing to make it clear exactly what iPhone models are eligible here. We’re guessing similar terms and conditions as yesterday will apply though, so you can score a gratis 16GB ...

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    It's a day that ends in "y" and Apple just lost a patent suit, so that means it's court time again. Haptics technology company Immersion has filed suit against Apple and both AT&T and AT&T Mobility over what three patents it claims the defendants infringed. U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051 regards "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects," No. 8,773,356 is on "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations" and No. 8,659,571 concerns Immersion's "Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices" Immersion believes the following products infringed upon those patents: ...

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    Sprint recently kicked off a trade-in promotion aimed squarely at Galaxy S6 and Note 5 prospective buyers, T-Mobile supports love with a free LTE tablet, among others, and Verizon just bumped up its prepaid data allotment, so it was about time AT&T joined this surprising pre-spring sales bonanza. It looks like the waiting may have been worth it too, as the second largest US carrier ranks first in savings offered to select Android enthusiasts. Namely, if you’re still in the market for high-end 2015 Samsung phones, even as the Galaxy S7 approaches, you can score a whopping $595 in bill ...

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    Annnd coming in third place, it's AT&T. We've been keeping track of software updates for carrier versions of the LG G4 as it was one of the first phones to get bumped to Android Marshmallow. But it's been a fun exercise in watching carriers go through their own processes with editing and sending out the update package. Thus, we come to AT&T,  just behind T-Mobile and all behind Sprint in the US for broadcasting the Android 6.0 OTA which includes a change to video calling as well. As the roll-out rolls on, we watch Verizon to see when it will get its software act together. Source: ...

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    The biggest football game of the year was probably a little less hotly contested than neutral fans may have wished for, but the publicity wars were as fierce as ever, with millions of dollars spent by companies as diverse as Audi, Budweiser, Buick, Coca Cola, Hyundai, LG, Pantene, Pepsi, Snickers, and T-Mobile on special effects, fancy sets, and especially celebrity cameos. It’s obviously hard to pick just one overall advertising winner, but when it comes to your wireless service providers, T-Mobile unsurprisingly prevailed once again. Granted, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contained ...

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    We're none of us fans here of intentionally breaking gadgets, but when a phone's main selling point is durability, we try to find ways to test those claims. The tricky thing about rugged phones, there is no such thing as a truly indestructible device. If you try to break a rugged phone, eventually you will succeed. Still, we can learn a lot about how this gadget handled the abuse we lobbed at it. The Kyocera Duraforce XD gives off a monster first impression, but how well does that thicker, reinforced casing, stand up to tough conditions? Will the waterproofing fail after a bad drop? We put ...

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    Mere weeks after busting Verizon’s balls and accusing it of using incomplete data and biased analysis to claim its network was better at everything from coverage to download speed, T-Mobile prevails in an exhaustive comparison of America’s big four carriers put together by OpenSignal. The seemingly independent company collected over 376 million datapoints from close to 182,000 users between October and December 2015, recording normal 3G and 4G consumption habits in normal usage, both indoors and out, in big cities and the countryside. Thus, OpenSignal states, its measurements represent ...

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    You know what's cool? Having a bunch of connected gadgets. You know what sucks? Having a unique phone number for each and every one. Thanks to the proliferation of instant messaging and VOIP calling services, being tied to a mobile phone number has become less of an issue in recent years – but there are still those who prefer the old-fashioned voice call, and the venerable SMS is still a solid standby when you've got friends who chafe at the intrusiveness of Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. For them, the idea of maintaining separate phone numbers for a 4G tablet, ...

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    AT&T is a big company that's growing ever fatter still. DirecTV got absorbed. Two Mexican carriers were bought out to form AT&T Mexico. It's been edging after more customers with more data and more spectrum. And yet, the Death Star has been quiet. Too quiet. It even chose to skip out on playing around with some ball-based advertisements! Okay, that was cheap. The Dallas-based company told investors that it added 2.2 million wireless subscribers in the US and 638,000 in Mexico in the quarter. The US breakdown comes to 526,000 postpaid subscriptions and 469,000 postpaid ...

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    Samsung's next big smartphones are nearly here, as we look forward to seeing the Galaxy S7 family make its debut in just a few more weeks. When those phones finally arrive, we're sure to see all sorts of new efforts by retailers and carriers alike to move existing Galaxy-series stock, whether in the form of discounts or special bundle offers. Today we're checking out an early instance of one of the latter, as AT&T encourages shoppers to pick up a new Galaxy smartphone with the promise of a free Gear S2 smartwatch. For a limited time, customers buying a new Samsung Galaxy phone on ...

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    Those worrying about cascading impacts from the still-new zero-rated data programs have been looking toward what the FCC might assess them as. Are they net neutral policies or not? T-Mobile has had a colorful month in defending its own Binge On scheme from criticism while AT&T and Comcast have their own programs as well. The Commission asked representatives from the three companies to meet with them for discussions. Republican commissioners called it a "witch hunt" for shaming and regulation. But, after the discussions were done and over with, an FCC spokesperson has said that: FCC ...

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    As time goes on, and technology improves, it only gets cheaper and cheaper to deliver reliable, high-speed internet access, right? We'll wait a moment for you to stop laughing. Back in the day, wireless providers were keen to keen to lure in users with the promise of unlimited data at affordable rates, but in the years since we've seen many of those offers dry up. Nowadays, if you're lucky enough to have one of those grandfathered old unlimited accounts, you're going to be paying a hell of a lot for the same kind of access to data – and often with a whole lot of restrictions. AT&T ...

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    Surprise! Someone leaked a Sprint employee training manual yesterday showing off the company's plans to kick most of the two-year contracts it offers to the bucket. We did question when the move was going to happen, though, as it was the night before AT&T was tipped to stop the contracts, too. Lo and behold, Sprint and AT&T have both dropped them today. Both companies' sites do not feature phones payable through a two-year contract. The two are tied for last in committing to equipment installment plans and leasing options for phones as Verizon did last year. T-Mobile made the ...

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    As unusually muscular and robust as rugged handhelds might look at a first glance, rarely do they stick with most mobile consumers for more than a few days after their formal announcements, catering to a very finite number of people that want specific devices to handle specific needs. The AT&T-exclusive Kyocera DuraForce XD was probably no exception to the 15 minutes of fame rule, escaping all your minds shortly after its mid-October introduction. But for some reason, the unbreakable phablet will only go on sale this Friday, January 8, getting a second release at CES in Vegas, with a ...

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    BlackBerry’s long overdue rookie Android effort has one shot and one shot only to meet ambitious sales goals. It must expand from AT&T to the rest of America’s “big four” carriers as soon as possible, preferably before the rival spring 2016 flagships start to trickle in. Granted, the Priv has been doing a decent enough job at the box-office with just one telecom provider in its corner, but once the Galaxy S7s, HTC Perfumes, and LG G5s go official, its mainstream appeal may dramatically dry up, especially if discounts aren’t enforced in time or they’re capped off at $100 ...

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    T-Mobile got rid of two-year phone contracts nearly three years ago and embarked on a continuous campaign ever since to steal away subscribers from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. It took until this year for Magenta's competition to join the pool. Verizon has officially ditched the contract for new customers on August 13 while AT&T started limiting availability of contracts to company stores and online. It seems that AT&T is ready to drop the other shoe as an employee has leaked out a company brief that announces the demise of the two-year agreement starting January 8. New and ...

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    Routing voice calls over the high-speed, high-bandwidth, high-efficiency LTE network makes all the sense in the world. Beyond making better use of sparse spectrum resources, voice over LTE (VoLTE) allows for the use of much higher-end sampling and compressions systems than standard GSM voice calls, resulting in pronounced call audio-quality improvements. Really, the biggest problem with VoLTE so far has been its limited availability: even if you had a phone that was compatible with your carrier's VoLTE offering, for many users you could only enjoy those VoLTE benefits when calling someone ...

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    The numbers two, three and four (especially three) of the US mobile carrier landscape have been ruthlessly hunting for disgruntled competitor subscribers, aiming their switch-incentivizing campaigns in particular at Verizon. Though well ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint in user counts, and unlikely to see its domination challenged by AT&T very soon either, Big Red might be starting to feel the heat, kicking off a hard to resist network swap offer. Like a “not-so-cool holiday sweater”, you can now ditch the “wrong network” without worrying too much of the consequences. That’s ...

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    Aside from more publicity money than any human can count, and a sense of community like no other, the thing that makes Apple’s pricey iPhones so popular and profitable is without a doubt a software support protocol far superior to those of Android device manufacturers. Yes, the iOS ecosystem is closed, which may seem a major inconvenience from a certain standpoint, but at the same time, Cupertino doesn’t have to listen to carrier partners when it comes to updates. Fragmentation is ergo a non-issue, unlike in Google land, and Microsoft wants to follow a similar tactic, no matter who ...

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    Face it, Windows Mobile enthusiasts, there are no palpable Lumia 950, 950 XL or even 550 discounts coming this holiday season, nor should you continue dreaming of year-end updates for older models. But if you can make do without Continuum support or other high-end goodies, and don’t mind playing the Windows 10 waiting game a while longer, Best Buy has you covered. The WP 8.1-running Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 435 are available on and offline at $50 and $30 respectively, down from $80 and $50. The catch? You’ll need to activate the former on AT&T, and the latter on T-Mobile. The ...

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    Is it nearly time to stop talking about holiday-season shopping? We suppose you technically do have a few days left, but by this late date we hope you've got all the names crossed off your list, all you boxes wrapped, and you're finally getting to that stage where you can sit back and actually enjoy yourself. Maybe with all those gift recipients taken care of it's finally time to think about what you want for yourself, and if that means a new smartphone, Best Buy just shared details about a promotion that takes a hot deal from last week and makes the offer a lot more attractive, extending ...

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