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This is not a time for an Oreo moment.
The reactions have been a resounding and unanimous “ew.”
AT&T is taking its T-Mobile competitor Aio Wireless nationwide. The no-contract prepaid service is currently only available in Florida, Texas, Metro-Atlanta, and Chicago, but beginning in mid-September, everyone in the country will be able to buy service from Aio online, the company announced today. Service runs between $ 40 and $ 70 a month, depending on the plan, and a limited-time offer gives new subscribers a free month of service if they sign up before September 29th.
It’s clear that AT&T sees the value in T-Mobile’s no-contract proposition, but earlier this week it got some flak for trying to model Aio a little too closely after its competitor. T-Mobile sued AT&T for allegedly copying the magenta color used in its marketing,…
A Cricket-branded HTC One SV on display at CES earlier this year.
For years, MetroPCS and Leap Wireless — better known by its brand name, Cricket — went head-to-head as two of the largest independent regional carriers in a country dominated by the “big four,” Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Now, in the span of less than a year, both have been snapped up and taken off the market: MetroPCS by T-Mobile, and today, Leap by AT&T.
For T-Mobile — which struggled to deploy LTE with limited spectrum in its pocket — the MetroPCS deal made sense. But what did AT&T see in Leap, and what does it mean for customers?
CES hasn’t even really started yet, but currently some prevailing themes of the program have begun to arise– I’m talking about tech that helps tie together unalike systems in your house into a a single, mobile-friendly experience. LG has currently revealed off its vision, complete with NFC-enabled ovens and washing machines that send diagnostic details to your smartphone, however AT&T’s Digital Life takes things in a various direction.
Put just, Digital Life is equal parts home automation and safety system, with users able to deceive out their domiciles with cameras, appliance/lighting controls, door locks, as well as thermostats. AT&T is preparing to provide these devices in preset plans satisfied people’s specific requirements. A water bundle, for example, is tailored towards finding dampness and managing water flow must a hole be identified, while the energy bundle focuses mostly on from another location managing lights and appliances. While the initial setup has to be done by a third-party installer, users could later on tailor their own house load-outs by adding and subtracting components as required.
Sure it ’ s a slightly kooky transfer to see from a business that most people relate with phone service, but the biggest upshot right here? Utilizing the Digital Life system does not actually need individuals to have an AT&T phone/contract or broadband strategy. As Jon Fingas at Engadget notes, it ’ s a strictly “ go-between ” service. AT&T expects to roll out its Digital Life system to eight initial markets in March, with up to another 50 being prepped for launch by the end of the year.
Today marks the arrival of Windows Phone 8 in the United States with AT&T’s launch of the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. The Lumia 920 is readily available in red, black, yellow, white, and cyan, and can be picked up for $ 99.99 with a two-year dedication or $ 449.99 off-contract. Those aiming to get a HTC Windows Phone 8X in California Blue could do so for $ 199.99 on-contract for the 16GB version and $ 99.99 for 8GB– the latter of which is readily available in Limelight Yellow as well. For the more prudent consumers, Nokia’s Lumia 820 could additionally be picked up for just $ 49.99 with dedication or $ 399.99 without. If you’re still on the fence about which gadget is the right one for you, make certain to check out our reviews of the Lumia …
Washington DC-based interest group Public Understanding released a short press release this evening stating its displeasure with AT&T’s decision to restrict FaceTime over cellular– a new feature in iOS 6– to subscribers selecting its new Mobile Share plans, arguing that the company is “violating the FCC’s Open Internet regulations.” Right here’s the full statement from senior personnel attorney John Bergmayer:
By blocking FaceTime for many of its clients, AT&T is violating the FCC’s Open Net guidelines. These rules state that mobile providers shall not ‘prevent applications that contend with the supplier’s voice or video recording telephone services.’ Although carriers are allowed to engage in ‘reasonable network management,’ there is no technical explanation why one …
For a certain set of phone geeks, the complication with having a favored flagship device is that plenty of other people will wind up with the exact same thing. After all, it ’ s a shown fact — your phone isn ’ t cool if everybody else has one too.
That ’ s where carrier-exclusive color choices are available in, and both AT&T and Sprint have picked today to spill the beans on their most up-to-date chromatically-tweaked phones — AT&T ’ s red Galaxy S III and Sprint ’ s white EVO 4G LTE.
AT&T hasn ’ t had much to state about their brand-new, exclusive red Galaxy S III since their original announcement, however now they ’ ve let loose with some new details. According to the carrier, the 16 GB version of the garnet red gadget will be accessible for pre-order starting on July 15 (read: this Sunday, together with the pink Lumia 900) for the normal $ 199.
Sad to say, there ’ s no word yet on whether AT&T plans to release a 32GB style like everybody else has actually done, but that ’ s nothing some cheapo microSD cards can ’ t fix.
Sprint ’ s announcement is a little more unusual, a minimum of in that they didn ’ t go promoting its existence right from the get-go. Longtime readers could remember that I ’ m something of a sucker for white phones, however it seems as though this brand-new variant sports some redesigned trim to boot — instead of the red band and kickstand lined up horizontally along the Evo ’ s back, Sprint and HTC have actually picked a more staid silver instead. Unlike AT&T ’ s chromatically-curated option though, the white Evo 4G LTE will be offered through all sales channels on July 15 — no pre-orders required.
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The long-rumored Samsung Mandel is finally official for AT&T as the Focus 2, an LTE-enabled Windows Phone for AT&T. Features include a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, front-facing VGA cam for video calling, and (of course) LTE support — though at 10.98mm thick, it’s not exactly keeping pace with the thinner smartphones on the market. The Focus 2 joins Nokia’s Lumia 900 and HTC’s Titan II as AT&T’s LTE-capable Windows Phones, but this one is the cheapest upfront: it’ll launch for $ 49.99 on contract on the 20th of this month in “pure white.”
We’ve heard from AT&T that sales of the Nokia Lumia 900 are“exceeding expectations,” though it isn’t saying exactly how many have been sold so far. If AT&T’s site is to be believed, the Lumia 900 is selling so well that it’s out of stock. We’ve heard similar claims from some AT&T retail stores recently, as well. While that certainly helps back up AT&T’s claims, it’s worth noting that the handset is still available from Amazon Wireless. The fact that the Lumia 900 is out-of-stock at AT&T might be related to good sales, but it’s also possible that AT&T is removing the phone from its online store due to the data connection problems that have plagued this handset’s launch. That said, with a software update rolling out to fix those data…
The Verge has learned from sources familiar with the matter that AT&T’s actual marketing budget for the Lumia 900 — a flagship device for Nokia, Microsoft, and AT&T alike — is nowhere near the “as much as $ 150 million” figure floated in an Ad Age report yesterday. It’s actually lower, more in line with what AT&T would expect to spend on any high-profile device launch. In light of that, AT&T doesn’t seem to be banking on the Lumia to counter any perceived threat from its loss of iPhone exclusivity. Ad Age noted a comScore report suggesting that Verizon’s smartphone penetration is growing far faster than AT&T’s, but in reality, AT&T is still well ahead: 56.8 percent to 44 percent among postpaid subscribers. According to both carriers’…