Posts tagged with: AT&T
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    Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up the ZTE Maven free of charge. No lengthy carrier agreements, no catches or strings attached, and just one condition – you have to activate the 5.1 Lollipop-running 4.5-incher on a $45 or up monthly plan. 45 ...

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    This fall's Lumia flagships have been a long time coming; Windows smartphones fans have been waiting for a new top-tier model for a while now, and they just got two in the form of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But do these models really deliver on our admittedly high expectations? Just the other day we brought you our in-depth Lumia 950 review, and while features like Continuum were big stands-outs, the presence of some annoying bugs and an overall uninspired design combined to a bring us a handset that didn't quite live up to its potential. We certainly detailed enough of those bugs in ...

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    While T-Mobile’s user base still stands at less than half of Verizon and AT&T’s subscriber counts, and Magenta’s call and data quality remain arguably mediocre, “innovative” services like Binge On, as well as super-convenient JUMP! On Demand deals, were bound to vastly improve the “Uncarrier’s” consumer satisfaction scores. Let’s not forget the John Legere-commanded wireless network outfit essentially paved the way for all “big four” operators to ditch contracts, or T-Mo’s frequent publicity stunts that may often seem childish, but almost always stay with you. ...

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    When we step back from Samsung's smartphone lineup and look at the phones beyond the flagship Galaxy S and Note series, what do we think about? The A-models like the newly refreshed Galaxy A3, A5, and A7? Sure, but those are far from the only more mid-range handsets Samsung's been cranking out, and this year we've also witnessed the debut of the first Galaxy J smartphones. Most recently that list grew to include the Galaxy J3, as we saw the phone launch in China. What about global release plans; would we ever run across that guy here in the States? As it turns out, we just might, as we get ...

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    This year has been a big one for T-Mobile, and while the precise timing will vary based on who you're asking (and how they're counting), earlier this year we saw the carrier slide past Sprint and formally claim the spot of the number-three network in the US. Even with this victory under its belt, T-Mobile isn't about to slow down in its efforts to further expand, and now it's got AT&T squarely in its sights. Today the carrier shares word of its latest plan to steal users away from AT&T, offering iPhone fans a tempting offer on a high-capacity handset. If you're currently a ...

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    When it comes to a summer 2016 flagship, Samsung had the Galaxy Note 5, but the Note series has long felt more like the company's “fall phone” - arriving in late August as it did, the best days of summer were already behind it. Instead, maybe the Samsung handset that best addressed the summertime needs of smartphone users was the Galaxy S6 Active, premiering in June as a rugged, waterproof alternative to the GS6 proper. We were quite taken with the GS6 Active back when it launched, but the phone wasn't without its issues – one of which being the combination of the lack of microSD ...

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    When you sell users “unlimited” data plans, they sure expect a lot – and why wouldn't they? But carriers aren't hooking users up with such massive buckets of data out of the goodness of their hearts, and recently we've been seeing a number of networks start bumping up the rates for their unlimited plans. Verizon got this ball rolling in early October as we heard about unlimited data climbing $20 to $50 (for data alone). T-Mobile wasn't far behind with its own price increase, and under the banner of Simple Choice Amped we saw its existing $80 unlimited plan rise to $95. AT&T isn't ...

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    The built-in microphone of the Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round smartwatches has been one of the trio’s most underused features since day one, especially when paired with iPhones. On iOS, you couldn’t even answer to text messages using your voice without pulling the iDevice from your pocket, an uncomfortable situation that’s about to change, at least for postpaid AT&T subscribers. Yes, our Ma Bell-loving readers and friends, you can now update your Pebble Time firmware and Time iPhone app to finally activate voice and text communication straight from your wrist. How does ...

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    When Redmond announced it would grant AT&T exclusivity over the smaller of the Lumia 950 siblings for an undefined period of time, we never imagined that also excluded the unlocked 5.2-incher. Yet here we are, Ma Bell all ready to ship the Snapdragon 808 powerhouse to early adopters, and the SIM-free model remains unavailable with Microsoft. It’s true, the software and hardware manufacturer still promises a first wave of deliveries will go out “by November 25.” But wouldn’t that entail the phone actually going on sale before Wednesday? Oh, well, at least the US MS e-store now ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just minutes ago we were poking around the Google Store listing for the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, thinking about what Google might be planning in terms of its own sales, and wondering why despite mentioning availability at both AT&T and Verizon, the page made no effort to link to anywhere a shopper could actually order the smartwatch. To our surprise, an LG representative has just confirmed that the company is outright canceling its plans for the smartwatch due to an unspecified hardware issue. We've heard of manufacturers changing their mind ...

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    Back in March, Google split device sales off from Google Play, and brought them instead to the newly launched Google Store. The website offers visitors a convenient place to buy Nexus hardware, Chromecast-series devices, Chromebook laptops, Android Wear smartwatches, and all manner of accessories. At least, most of what it does is selling things, but a new product listing suggests that the Google Store may also start filling a promotional role for certain devices, even when Google's not selling them at all. We recently saw US carriers start sales of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. ...

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    Smartphones these days are offering better connectivity than ever before, thanks in no small part to how intelligent their software is getting about managing wireless connections. Google's Project Fi, for instance, is built all around the idea of seamlessly transferring connections from carrier, to carrier, to WiFi. With iOS 9, Apple's introduced its own system for choosing the best data connection, allowing WiFi Assist to temporarily move to a cellular network when the quality of an in-use WiFi connection dips. It sounds good in theory, but the idea of automatic consumption of cellular ...

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    Although Microsoft took its sweet time bringing the first Windows 10 Mobile flagships to select markets, Lumia 950 and 950 XL early adopters are still having trouble getting their hands on the precious two new phones. The larger, slightly higher-end variant is arguably the more attractive too, despite a $100 or so premium that offers you eligibility for a free Display Dock. It’s no wonder therefore Lumia 950 XL inventory is running out faster than Redmond planned, with two rounds of pre-orders on Microsoft’s US online store already halted. The first wave of unlocked 950 XLs should be ...

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    Brett Dennen isn't the only one that loves a comeback. John McCain isn't the only Comeback Kid. And it took a comeback for Apple to be in the elephant position it's been in for several years now. BlackBerry CEO John Chen believes the company can pull a Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back. Now we know that T-Mobile CEO John Legere believes so, too. How? Like in this lede, through word association. Seriously, a word association game. Who knew those things could be so telling? For example, when a CNET reporter mentioned "5G," COO Mike Sievert responded with "2020." It might be as early as ...

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    Samsung rounded out last month by going official with the giant-sized tablet we'd heard rumored for months, and teased since the days of IFA: the 18.4-inch Galaxy View. For its size, the $600 sticker price doesn't sound too crazy for the tablet, but that's for the WiFi-only edition; we also knew to expect an LTE-connected edition of the Galaxy View, but hadn't picked up any confirmation in terms of pricing nor a release date. There was plenty of evidence pointing towards AT&T's interest in the tablet, at least, and today the carrier steps up and formally announces its plans. AT&T ...

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    Microsoft’s latest Lumia smartphones – the first hardware to run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box – are just about to arrive. We've been tracking the progress the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL have been making to market over the past several weeks, and now with the end of November in sight, it's finally coming up on time for sales of these phones to actually begin. Here in the US, AT&T is lined up up to offer the Lumia 950, but so far the carrier hadn't confirmed just when we could expect the smartphone to land. Last week we checked out some rumors making the case for a November 20 ...

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    Right now, one of the biggest tug-of-wars in the smartphone rumor sphere concerns when Samsung intends to introduce the flagship Galaxy S7. There's been this undercurrent that this year's launch could somehow fall earlier than those of previous Galaxy S models, but for every report that says we'll see the phone in the early days of January, there are those pointing to more like late February – far more in line with Samsung's past behavior. The last rumor we looked at was strongly in that “later” camp, and while today's new theory points a little more strongly to “earlier,” it ...

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    LG's latest smartwatch is about to have its retail debut, and it's making a lot of noise in doing so as it brings cellular connectivity to Android Wear. Maybe we shouldn't be at all surprised, but the presence of that cellular radio in the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE brings carriers very much into the retail equation of this wearable, and that means what's turning out to be some incredibly confusing pricing. Overnight we told you about Verizon's plans for the smartwatch, and no matter whether you go on-contract or off, it's not coming cheap: Verizon wants nearly $450 for the smartwatch on ...

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    T-Mobile. The rebel in pink. The one that asks questions from everyone else first and then does things without asking itself first. At least, it seems, it doesn't ask itself some important questions. For its tenth Un-carrier move, CEO John Legere decided to do a thing — a solid, supposedly — for its customers by making video streaming within certain parameters free. Turns out that executives of two other US cell service providers are asking questions about that move. AT&T's Ralph de la Vega and Sprint's Tarek Robbiati were both at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & ...

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    LG launched the V10 smartphone along with its cell-connected second-generation Android Wear smartwatch called the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition last month. But, in order for sales to happen, we had to wait on an Android Wear update to support LTE connectivity before sales could start. Wait no more. The Android Official Blog has announced that support for cellular connections. And with that, it seems that Verizon is getting a leg up on the competition by offering pre-orders for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition starting tomorrow for $499.99 off-contract or $449.99 with a two-year, $5/month plan ...

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    There's been no shortage of discussion surrounding Microsoft's Lumia 950 release plans these past few weeks: from France, to Germany, to India and more, we've been learning details about how Lumia 950 (and Lumia 950 XL) sales are set to get started in markets around the globe. Here in the States, AT&T is gearing up to begin offering the Lumia 950 later this month, but so far it's been difficult to pin down precisely when the Windows 10 Mobile smartphone is set to arrive. While it's still not official, multiple sources have be zeroing in on a November 20 release date. Right now there ...

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    HTC launched the One A9 just a little under two weeks ago, and nearly just as soon as the smartphone went official, the manufacturer began accepting pre-orders from customers. That's been the situation ever since, with the Marshmallow-running A9 going for just about $400, available unlocked directly from HTC. But today things start changing, and change can mean the arrival of both the good and the bad – that's certainly the case here with the One A9. Over the course of today and tomorrow we're seeing broader availability of the One A9 get underway, but at a very real cost. The good news ...

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    AT&T chose to unveil the mid-range LG G Vista 2 smartphone in fairly unorthodox fashion a couple of weeks back, uploading a detailed product video on YouTube, but neglecting to provide a commercial launch date or pricing structure. Today, we find out what the mystery was all about. Presumably, the second largest wireless service operator stateside aimed to build hype before revealing the G Vista 2 would cost a prohibitive $448.99 off-contract. Granted, the 5.7-incher’s subsidized tag sounds much better, at $50 with two-year pacts, and you can also choose to split the outright costs ...

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    A couple weeks back, AT&T announced its cross-device NumberSync system for allowing subscribers to stay in touch through just one mobile number connected to a phone, tablet, and even wearable device. While NumberSync sounded all sorts of promising, it wouldn't just suddenly work with ever piece of hardware on AT&T's network, and though support was planned for tight integration with the messaging systems on popular devices and platforms, companies would still need to deliver updates to enable NumberSync compatibility. Apple's wasting no time getting ready, and today's release of iOS ...

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    This Friday, November 6, will be a big day for AT&T customers interested in both productivity-focused smartphones and always connected wearables. In addition to the BlackBerry Priv, Ma Bell is just about ready to welcome the Samsung Gear S2 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE on America’s second largest wireless network. The circular Tizen and Android Wear smartwatches shall cost $200 each on two-year contracts, or $0 down and $15 a month for 20 months with installment plans. The latter’s grand total clocks in at 300 bucks, which sounds expensive, and yet it’s $50 lower than the ...

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