Posts tagged with: AT&T
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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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    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile's new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk "highly innovative and highly competitive." The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access "Stream TV" program that is described as "a cable service that only works in the customer's home." Today, Wheeler announced that he's requested meetings with the three ...

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    Update: Thanks to everyone who entered, but only one of you is going home with the BlackBerry Priv. Our lucky winner is Peter H. in the UK. Peter, be on the lookout for an email where we'll get your shipping info, before we send this shiny new Priv your way. To everyone else, thanks for entering, and stay tuned to Pocketnow for your next chance to win! ___ Is it true what they say about good things coming in pairs? If you're interested in free smartphones, we've got just the ammunition to help support that theory, as we're giving away not one, but two BlackBerry Priv handsets with the help ...

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    If you needed an extra incentive to buy one of the best, prettiest, smoothest Apple Watch rivals around from the nation’s second largest mobile carrier, today brings two to the table. First of all, a deep on-contract price cut to $99.99. Free of lengthy pacts, AT&T charges a whopping $300 for the Samsung Gear S2, while Verizon continues to ask a scandalous $350 on full retail, and $300 with two-year agreements. Meanwhile, Amazon or Best Buy are slightly more generous than Big Red, though their $250 and up rates remain 150 percent higher than Ma Bell’s network-tied special offer. No ...

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    HTC promised short lead times for the One A9's Android updates. 15 days, in fact. Turns out that BlackBerry's running on its own speedy pace, too. We told you about the unlocked BlackBerry Priv notching its first security update on December 1. It's been 14 days since then and we now see AT&T coming up with its tailored-update. All the same camera and performance improvements touted with the initial release are here in the Big Orange flavor. Today's also the day when BlackBerry's suite of apps get its updates on the Play Store. Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers sent out OTAs on ...

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    UPDATE: Congratulations, Justin Reynolds! You win a BlackBerry Priv!  Thanks to AT&T and thanks to everyone who entered! And if you didn't win this one, don't lose hope: our second BlackBerry Priv giveaway still has two days to go – and it's open to the whole planet! • The art of re-gifting is a tricky business. Shortly after landing my current gig as Pocketnow's review czar, I received a Pebble smart watch as a gift – a wonderful device, but also one which I'd already owned for quite some time. Thinking it the perfect match for my bicycle-racing, rock climbing, ...

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    Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be weeks behind us, but the holiday shopping continues, and for all of you last-minute shoppers, some hot deals still remain. Today AT&T announced its latest promotion, one that could bring some serious savings to users looking to upgrade to a new flagship smartphone – and pick another up for a family member. And while AT&T's framing the deal as a buy-one-get-one-free offer for the Galaxy S6, it turns out that the deal's quite a bit more broad than that, even giving you the option to pick up a free iPhone 6S. Click on through to AT&T's promo ...

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    In reality, data is really, really cheap to move. But if you're an internet service provider, add infrastructure, maintenance, repair and expansion costs and you have yourself a bill or two to pay off. So, why not make someone other than your customers foot that bill? AT&T's been doing Data Perks — surveys done on behalf of third parties for up to an extra gigabyte of data a month. But Verizon will likely beat out Big Orange to reach what looks to be a high bar for "sponsored data" implementation as it begins testing on free data on selective content. Of course, it's not really as ...

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    Forget ominous, isolated reports in the UK hinting at system instability on Lumia 950 and 950 XL units running the RTM version of Windows 10 Mobile. The platform is likely silky smooth, or else Microsoft wouldn’t expand the newest maintenance update from the Technical Preview channel to the general public in a matter of days. Yes, build 10586.29 made its way from the Insider program’s fast ring to the slow ring to folks not part of beta testing in less than a week. Best of all, it seems Redmond indeed holds sway over carrier partners, cherry-picking AT&T so as no one could ...

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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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