Posts tagged with: AT&T
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    The Death Star can only make so much progress on one front, like with progressing to a 2G-less network or flaunting exclusive devices. But software updates for the phones on its network? Not really in its roundhouse, as we found out with HTC today. But take the Samsung Galaxy S6 as all of AT&T's major competitors have already delivered Android Marshmallows OTAs to their users. Nope, not AT&T. At least, not up until now as Samsung is able to confirm that software version G920AUCU3CPC2 will bring the OS up to 6.0.1. Of course, this isn't really a contest and people don't really ...

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    Sometimes it feels like choosing a mobile carrier is practically rolling the dice when it comes to your smartphone's update future. Will you end up on the luckier side of things, ending up closer to the front of the line when updates finally start heading out, or will you be like those kids with Z last names, doomed to be at the back of the stage on graduation day? HTC fans on AT&T know what the waiting game is like all too well, and while we've seen Android Marshmallow updates come to both the HTC One M8 and One M9 months ago across multiple carriers, AT&T users have been left ...

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    Should you upgrade from the LG G4 to the spanking new, modular G5? How about from the nearly two year-old G3? Any self-respecting Android power user would yell out a resolute “hell, yeah” to at least the latter question, but the truth is you can probably hold on to the LG G3 a while longer without worrying of critical system lag and stuff like that. It’s getting a little long in the tooth hardware-wise, we won’t deny that, but as far as software goes, it’s just as up-to-date as both the G4 and G5. Now on AT&T and T-Mobile in addition to Verizon and international unlocked ...

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    We've been livin' on the EDGE for a long time, but AT&T figures it's about that time that the sky started falling on GSM. CFO John Stevens says the network's remaining 2G networks will be shut off by the end of this year. In AT&T's Q1 earnings conference call, Stevens said that the company moved off six million customers from 2G in the past 12 months. Some stubborn feature phone-wielding subscribers may end up getting lost in the transition, but refarming the 850MHz and 1.9GHz bands entirely to LTE would be more economical for the company in the end. "There still is a lot of cost ...

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    It’s no secret that the US currently trails way behind countries like Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Canada, the UK and even Romania, Oman or Latvia in real-life LTE performance, also failing to beat Korea, Japan, Hong Kong or Kuwait as far as high-speed mobile network coverage goes. But now mobile app intelligence platform Apteligent and industry analyst firm STL Partners have devised a simple tool called a mobile network experience index to provide further insight into just how much America’s big four carriers suck. Based on “a huge amount of real world information”, the ...

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    You're an AT&T customer, right? No? Oh, sorry for assuming. Well, if you're on the Death Star and you've been holding off on the BlackBerry Priv — long held as an AT&T exclusive to some others' chagrin — because it's just too darn expensive, you've had a bit of luck recently. First came the BlackBerry-sanctioned price cut, down to $650 from $700. Then there's a deal, still ongoing as of this post, for an unlocked AT&T Priv — you just have to shell up $450 upfront. Now, for those of you who would rather swallow bite-sized payments, you're still really stuck at this point. ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    If these numbers are anything to base conclusions on, we think that Sprint will have a hard time catching up to the speeding magenta motorcycle that is T-Mobile. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has just analyzed the churn — where customers switch cell service from and to — through a survey of 500 participants who activated new service for the first quarter. CIRP compared results between AT&T, Sprint (with Boost Mobile), Verizon and T-Mobile (with MetroPCS). In terms of subscriber loss, Sprint leads the pack of four with a 27 percent gain relative to its numbers from the ...

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    The planet's tectonic plates have taken a large share of the world's attention this week and mobile technology-related firms have had to respond to these events. Japan Major earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday and Saturday, just north of the city of Kumamoto. As of this post, rescue missions are continuing and growing in difficulty as time passes. But the business impacts of this tremor may make impact some 5,700 miles away in Cupertino. It comes to Apple's major CMOS imaging sensor provider, Sony, which shut down its Kumamoto plant on Friday and has kept ...

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    Limitations suck. Whether we're paying more for that over-mileage leased car, standing in the long line at the supermarket because we have eleven items, or having to check that slightly-too-large bag at the airport, it's no fun having to put up with added hassle just because you wanted a little more. This is doubly true for wireless data, and whether the consequences are added fees or reduced speed, going over your monthly data cap can be a real headache. That's what makes unlimited plans so alluring, but many carriers have been anything but willing to offer them. It's especially rare when ...

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    When the spanking new HTC 10 went up for pre-order yesterday in the US straight from the Taiwanese device manufacturer, we couldn’t help but notice only unlocked, AT&T and T-Mobile variants were listed. Ironically, while that felt like a red flag for prospective buyers on Verizon or Sprint, it turns out AT&T is actually the carrier not on board with selling and subsidizing the “world class” camera phone. Ma Bell hasn’t exactly confirmed its lack of support, but HTC is “encouraging AT&T customers to purchase our unlocked model at HTC.com” in response to people’s ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    You'll need another fiver for this upgrade. AT&T has just raised its activation fees for AT&T Next plans as well as brought-in devices up to $20. Upgrade fees for the Next Plans are also $20. All these fees are up from $15 and now match Verizon's costs. Unlike Verizon, while the upgrade fee for two-year contracts hasn't changed, AT&T charges $5 more than its main competitor with the fee at $45. And as far as we know, third-party upgrade programs like the iPhone Upgrade Program are not affected. That stipulation was a doozy that many Big Red critics clutched onto. An AT&T ...

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    It took far longer than we had wished and expected, but finally, Android 6.0 software goodies are becoming the norm instead of the exception for even low-cost new devices. Case in point, a trio of prepaid and postpaid smartphones sold by AT&T for less than $200 apiece. One model is available already through the nation’s second largest carrier both on and offline, while the other two will barely roll out on May 6 for reasons we don’t fully understand. Perhaps their Marshmallow ports aren’t ready for primetime yet, as the Galaxy J3 first landed on Boost and Virgin Mobile back in ...

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    Trust us, we don't really think of Walmart as the first place we'd buy our smartphones from, but given the right circumstances, you just might. So, when Walmart goes out and says that it's discounting all stock of iPhones and Galaxy phones. Be it the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s, heck, maybe even the iPhone 5c, you'll get $100 off. Galaxy S7? Galaxy S6? Galaxy S5 Active, even? Sure, those are $150 off. Here are the catches, though: the phone must be purchased on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint — Walmart was able to get agreements with those three carriers, but not T-Mobile — and must be ...

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    Did all those BOGO deals on possibly the best smartphones in the world feel a little too sweet to last? Well, AT&T has just stopped giving away the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in packs of two, although an equally attractive promotion enters the equation today. Yes, today, April 1, but America’s second largest wireless carrier promises it’s not a prank. If it is, it’s a pretty crappy one, since the strings attached and fine print make the offer truly advantageous only for existing DirecTV subscribers. Folks who’ve ditched traditional cable television providers for Ma Bell’s ...

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    When will device manufacturers and mobile operators learn there are only two ways to go in terms of the operating system a phone has to use to become commercially successful? It’s either iOS, which of course isn’t an option for anyone but Apple, or Android. Down the line, Windows could be a decent alternative too… if Microsoft ever decides to take the platform seriously. Meanwhile, Samsung tried and tried and tried to get Tizen off the ground, BlackBerry should probably throw in the towel as far as its proprietary OS is concerned, and Sailfish and Firefox OS never stood a chance. ...

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    Since 2015, Rehan Asad is responsible for AT&T’s broadband strategy, planning and operations involving AT&T GigaPower, AT&T U-verse and fixed wireless broadband. Yesterday we had a conversation about AT&T’s announcement that GigaPower internet access (1Gbps fiber broadband) will launch in Los Angeles. Thank you for spending some time chatting. I hear we have some exciting broadband news to discuss for the LA Metro area. That’s correct. If you remember back on December 7th, I was in the city of LA Mayor’s office, and we announced that AT&T would be expanding the ...

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    Pre-order madness meriting early shipments aren't unprecedented. T-Mobile pedaled into overdrive by fulfilling Samsung Galaxy S7 edge pre-orders before the month in which sales were to officially begin. In AT&T's case with the LG G5, it's the same case in technical terms, but it's practically a wash. Android Central is reporting that shipment confirmations for a few of those AT&T LG G5 phones are out right now. Some of those unboxings could happen as early as tomorrow, a day before South Korean stores have these things on the shelves. Everyone else everywhere else, if they play ...

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    So, you're on the jobsite or off the road. If you need to be connected and capable beyond what, say, a Galaxy S6 Active (or Galaxy S7 Active) can afford, well, hopefully you have that beefy, cased-up laptop with you. Well, that's the capable part down, but what about being connected? Keep in mind that you're still in rough and tumble territory, here. Well, AT&T is about to release the Unite Explore. It's the first mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with an IP65 rating and that meets the MIL-STD-810G standard. That's good to protect the device from four-foot drops, light-pressure water jets and dust. ...

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    Not our usual fare here on Pocketnow. We like to deal with exciting new technologies and fun phone features, but how long might your smartphone last in an emergency? We obsess over metrics like screen on time, and headphone playback quality, and gaming performance, but what about easily and quickly notifying your family to your location and contacting first responders? The AT&T SpareOne is a no frills device, designed to be easy to use in any situation. There's no screen, and the phone is powered by AA batteries, so it never needs to be charges. It serves only two major functions. It ...

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    No smartphone comes together without the manufacturer having to make a few compromises, but this year with the Galaxy S7, Samsung sure manged to deliver a flagship that many users are finding to hit all the right notes. Those include include the return of a water-resistant build, helping the GS7 withstand the wrath of the elements. But what does an already-dunk-surviving Galaxy S7 mean for the chances of us seeing Samsung deliver an extra-ruggedized new Galaxy Active model, one not only up to the task of shaking off a few splashes, but also ready to be bumped around a little in the ...

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    After Netflix surrendered to cable providers and paid up to connect to their servers, the movie streaming service has admitted to cramping down on traffic from the nation's two most popular carriers, AT&T and Verizon. Complaints have been filing into the two carriers, which have denied altering customers' streams, since last week. That was when T-Mobile CEO John Legere continued defending the carrier's Binge On zero-rated video streaming scheme which sets the maximum data rate for video to 1.5Mbps. Netflix announced that it streamed to AT&T, Verizon and many other global carriers' ...

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    The cheapest brand-name Android smartphone available stateside that still has a chance to officially move to OS version 6.0 costs less than ever before at Best Buy. Granted, the 2015 Motorola Moto E has its flaws, and today’s deal comes with its restrictions, but at a measly 30 bucks, this is a top-notch bargain no matter how you look at it. First and foremost, we should remind you the 4.5-incher’s manufacturer technically already denied the second-gen Moto E a Marshmallow promotion in the US. But there’s still time for Motorola, or rather Lenovo, to reconsider, possibly cracking ...

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    Was Samsung's flagship smartphone lineup ever that predictable, or do we just remember it that way? Sure, we've had the reliable pairing of a Galaxy Note in the summer and Galaxy S in the winter for the past several years, but after that all bets are off. Will one or both of those models get Edge variants? What about Mini models? And can we expect any Active editions this time around? Just a few days back, we tackled that latter question in terms of the Galaxy S7, asking if Samsung really needs to build a special, ruggedized Galaxy S7 Active this year, or if the return of waterproofing to ...

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