Posts tagged with: AT&T
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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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    At 6pm Eastern on March 29, all the possible US TV stations that would like to sell their broadcast spectrum will have committed to do so. From there, the Federal Communications Commission will work on a blueprint to sort out how that spectrum in the 600MHz band can be put together for sale. That leads up to the next step for the commission in the auctions process, setting up a clearing target. The order of things The clearing target is the total amount of spectrum the FCC thinks can be sold in auction. The government currently estimates a high-end of that total to be 126MHz. Analysts ...

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    Those of you looking to buy and activate the modular new LG G5 smartphone on America’s second largest wireless carrier can hit the trifecta if you hurry, as AT&T throws in more deal sweeteners than T-Mobile and Best Buy combined. While Ma Bell doesn’t let you have the ingenious LG 360 CAM or any “Friends” modules for free, pre-ordering the device by March 31 can hook you up with a gratis “backup” unit. That’s right, LG takes a page from its domestic arch-rival’s playbook, fighting fire with fire and Galaxy S7 BOGO promotions with virtually identical two-for-one G5 ...

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    While Samsung isn’t as aggressive as last year in plugging one of its smartwatches alongside the newest Galaxy S flagship phones, instead greatly hyping up the Gear VR headset, you can still catch the occasional Gear S2 bundle deal and publicity stunt. But that’s nothing compared to how shy LG seemed in relation to its own wearable devices on the heels of G5’s formal introduction. There’s a simple explanation for that, of course, as the original Watch Urbane is a little old and unexciting, and the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE a little… faulty. More than a little, actually, with ...

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    While LG hasn’t been anywhere as quick as Samsung to roll out its newest flagship Android smartphone, you can’t really say the G5 waiting is killing you. It’s still early days, compared to how long it used to take to launch these bad boys worldwide, and you officially have two more weeks to go. What’s two weeks between friends (pun intended), when you’re looking at the world’s first modular handheld, and a bunch of freebies are in store? Namely, LG’s just confirmed, a complimentary battery “pack” and the CAM Plus module in select territories. Unfortunately, it seems ...

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    Mid-rangers have been the filler for this part of the month, but they're pretty important bread and butter in terms of making money for their manufacturers. Take LG smashing more of its K-series this month. But just a letter up the alphabet is the J-series from Samsung. And there's been a big show and tell performance. First off, if you like leaked renders, check out backchannel specialist Evan Blass's leak of the Galaxy J3 for AT&T. The phone's headed to a few US carriers, by the way. Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 for AT&T pic.twitter.com/fEV04WPauS — Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 14, ...

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    Since pretty much all US residents aged 5 to 100 already own and regularly use a smartphone, wireless service providers are now doing their absolute best to get people to change their carrier. Everyone from Verizon to T-Mobile to AT&T is on a rival recruitment spree, covering outstanding balances and further giving out cash money, as well as a host of other incentives. It’s even better if you’re willing to trade a pre-owned but working handheld for a new device, though most of the times, you need the product you’re looking to abandon to be in mint condition. Not at US Cellular, ...

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    While Samsung may stir up great indignation among unlucky Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge buyers if the purported performance gap between Snapdragon and Exynos variants proves authentic and noticeable in real life, the Korean OEM can do no wrong when it comes to its US-based fans. The nation’s four top carriers have all started to ship S7 pre-orders in advance of the official launch date, with two of them already introducing compelling BOGO deals, and each and every retailer letting you have a go at a gratis Gear VR headset. That includes Cricket Wireless, a small but feisty AT&T prepaid ...

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    A new season is nearly upon us, and that means spring cleaning: out with the old, in with the new. Fresh off the announcements of both CES and MWC, for a lot of smartphone users that means it's time to pick up a new handset, and this year they've got some very attractive options. Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of carriers enticing shoppers looking for a new flagship-class phone with buy-one-get-one deals, as a leak suggested T-Mobile may be about to announce such a deal. We're still waiting to see if anything comes of that, but in the meantime we've got confirmed word of a GS7 ...

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    You didn’t really think T-Mobile was the chosen carrier now, did you? Technically, Magenta scored a major publicity coup by being the first of America’s “big four” operators to deliver the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to early adopters. But AT&T and Sprint are quickly following suit, themselves largely undercutting the March 11 deadline initially set on a global basis by the two phones’ manufacturers. Of course, we’re not talking about wide-scale launches… just yet, and we can’t even confirm a single unit having actually reached the doorstep of a ...

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    For a device manufacturer that’s long ceased to carry any weight in the global battle for first place, the OEM podium or even top five or ten, BlackBerry is sure doing a decent job getting US carriers to support its latest flagship. Granted, it’s taken a while for the Priv to reach AT&T and T-Mobile, but now it’s available on both networks, and Verizon subsidies are reportedly next in line. The “when” of the equation remains unconfirmed, though all signs seem to be pointing towards a Big Red pre-order outset this Thursday, followed by deliveries and in-store sales kicked off ...

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