Posts tagged with: AT&T
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    For all the advancements smartphones have made with high-speed data, audio fidelity, and advanced noise-cancellation, voice calls have been seriously stuck in the past. While our phones blast cellular data out at multiple megabits per second, voice has been constrained by its reliance on older standards – your $700 smartphone handles voice traffic in much the same way as a free-on-contract dumbphone. Progress has been slow to revamp voice, but the promise of voice over LTE – or VoLTE for short – has been looking like one of the most interesting options. This month, AT&T makes big ...

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    Three weeks back we learned about a problem that was affecting new owners of the HTC One M8, but only those picking up the phone for AT&T. You see, HTC had promoted the One M8 as coming with a number of perks, including access to 50GB of free Google Drive storage for the next two years. We certainly wouldn't buy the One M8 solely because of this promotion, but it was a nice touch, so why not take advantage of it? Problem was, the deal didn't seem to be working, and HTC confirmed that a “minor technical error” was getting in the way of redemption. HTC promised a fix in mid-May, and ...

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    Owners of AT&T-branded Galaxy S5 devices should be receiving an update this evening with no real new features, but plenty of bloat to keep them company. Although, if you've been facing some bugs on the current build of KitKat 4.4.2, you may find yourself a fix in this release. Firmware version G900AUCU2AND3 brings four new apps from AT&T -- Yellow Pages, Lookout, Find My Mobile, and Reactivation Lock. In terms of bug-fixes, the recent apps button has been fixed in some cases, according to the XDA Senior Member who received the OTA. If you end up grabbing the update on accident, ...

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    Mother's Day, at least here in the US, falls on May 11 this year. However, that didn't stop Motorola from throwing its one-day Moto X sale (theoretically in response to the holiday) over a week early, taking place back on May 1. Today we learn about another manufacturer offering its own Mother's Day deal, again with a limited-time one-day promotion, and again occurring quite a few days in advance of Mother's Day itself, as HTC announces plans for a sale tomorrow. Unlike that Moto X deal, which targeted off-contract sales, HTC is only putting forth this offer for on-contract purchases; ...

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    Is AT&T messing with us? AT&T might be messing with us. Why are we feeling so paranoid? Well there's this ASUS PadFone X we saw debut back at the CES in January, intended to be an AT&T exclusive. Like many PadFones before it, the X marries an Android smartphone with a tablet dock, allowing users to transition between device sizes in the blink of an eye. So far, so good, right? But then we waited for sales of the PadFone X to begin... and waited, and waited, and waited. Every once in a while AT&T acknowledges that this combo's still coming, trying to keep interest alive. The ...

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    Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don't like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety. This week's special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the "special" acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing ...

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    Since last fall, the rumors surrounding Amazon's first smartphone have largely concentrated on details about the handset's hardware: stuff like that elaborate array of cameras to support in-air gesture control. But a little bit further back, in the waning days of summer 2013, the Amazon phone story was all about how it might be sold, with rumors about exclusive deals for Amazon Prime users, maybe even making the phone available for free. Well, Amazon denied that “free” business, but could Prime still factor in somehow? That's back on our mind today, with a new rumor that something ...

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    What's worse, a device that you hear rumored for months and months but never seems ready to go official, or one that sees a formal announcement, but then never manages to actually go up for sale? It's been over one hundred days since ASUS announced the PadFone X at CES, to be an AT&T exclusive in the US. We were told that pricing, specs, and availability info would be forthcoming, and while we have gotten an update on those hardware details, there's been no news concerning a start of sales. Instead, AT&T's been talking about the PadFone X every few weeks, reminding us that it still ...

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    There are a whole lot of reasons to like HTC's One M8 – we don't go around handing out a 9.1 score in a review to just any phone. Beyond all the handset's features and all the design considerations to keep in mind when making your purchasing decision, it's also worth paying attention to some the bonus stuff: what's being offered alongside the phone. Just like Samsung's throwing in a bunch of “Galaxy Gifts” with a GS5 purchase, HTC has tacked a few special offers on to One M8 ownership, including a free 50GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Unfortunately, that deal has hit a ...

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    A "kill switch" is often referred to as an "emergency stop switch", and is typically a safety mechanism used to shut something off in case of an emergency. When talking about machinery or even fuel pumps at your local gas station, a "kill switch" is a singular button or lever that will shut down everything. It doesn't matter which pump is spewing out gasoline or which machine your co-worker may be stuck in, this one button will shut everything down -- letting you sort out the specifics later. It's a great idea, the kill switch, when used properly. It brings with it significant and ...

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    Some things in life should be exclusive, like the people who are allowed to drive my car or eventually date my daughter. Other things, however, should be open to the general public. Parks, roads, drinking fountains, and the front seats of busses come to mind. Unfortunately, that's not the way things work over here in the States, at least not when we're talking about cellular phones. Carrier exclusives are still very much a thing -- although they should not be, not any more anyway. "Exclusives" are just like they sound, "restricted or limited to the person, group, or area concerned". When ...

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    "You know what this is?" "I know what this is." That's a dialogue couplet from the film True Lies, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy from the mid 1990s that has positively nothing to do with the newest stupendo-smartphone out of Seoul. Nothing, except for those two lines. Because you do know what this is. Even under the AT&T finery, even under the thick veneer of faux wood packaging, even despite the fifteen seconds of playful banter at the top of this video, you know what we're looking at: it's the most hyped smartphone of the year, like always. It's another Samsung flagship ...

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    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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    We tend to get a little fussy over carrier bloat, or the pre-installed applications that may come on a number of carrier-specific Android or Windows Phone smartphones. Bloat can and often does come from carriers, partners like Amazon, and even the manufacturer. For instance, I bought the T-Mobile HTC One M8 just this morning. It comes with five T-Mobile-specific applications I'll rarely (if ever) use: Mobile HotSpot, My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. While it's mostly minimal, these applications cannot be uninstalled – only reverted to the original versions ...

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    Last week saw Samsung's Galaxy S5 hit carrier shelves in the US, and while this meant that the long-awaited smartphone was finally making its way into user hands, it wasn't without incident, and we heard about a couple circumstances where the smartphone was showing up without its complete feature set intact. The first issue to come to light concerned the download booster Samsung had put together, intended to let users retrieve a file through the combined efforts of the phone's LTE and WiFi connections, pooling their available bandwidth. First the AT&T GS5 showed up with the download ...

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