Program expected to be operational in time for next iPhone arrival
Traditionally, iPhones bought from Apple Stores come in two varieties: locked to an individual carrier with a two-year contract, or completely unlocked but at full retail price. Last month, the company began allowing sales of iPhones on pre-paid plans, and now appears to be poised to allow Apple Store sales of iPhones to existing (and eligible) AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, T-Mobile Jump, and possibly Sprint EasyPay customers, who have the freedom to upgrade their phones more often in exchange for a slightly higher monthly charge.
Over 4M new customers in 2013
Verizon Wireless has announced its fourth-quarter earnings, which have been bolstered by 1.7 million new subscribers. The company also reports significant progress in its LTE deployment, spreading 4G service across 99 percent of its existing 3G footprint and reaching approximately 97 percent of the US population.
Participants must pay full price for new phone
AT&T has launched a new promotion that promises up to $450 per line for existing T-Mobile customers. Subscribers willing to jump ship are automatically qualified for $200 credit when they transfer their service to AT&T, along with a trade-in credit of up to $250 for eligible smartphones, however participants are forced to forgo subsidized pricing for new devices.
Carrier promotes global data packages
AT&T has announced that its customers can take advantage of LTE roaming while traveling in Canada. The service is one of the first to enable LTE connectivity for US travelers as they head across northern borders, through a roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers Communications.
AT&T rolls out half-off price offers
AT&T is currently offering an online deal that will allow customers to pick up the latest smartphones on the carrier for half off. Customers signing up for a two-year contract can get devices like the 16GB iPhone 5s for between $100. Also on offer is the iPhone 5c, which is available for $50 on contract. The deal only applies to those devices that are priced under $199 regularly, meaning that devices like the Galaxy Note 3 are not eligible for the discount.
Curved smartphone will supposedly hit American carriers
LG's curving G Flex smartphone will not be limited to its native South Korea for distribution, according to a new rumor. Reliable mobile industry leaker @evleaks tweeted on Wednesday that the new phone with a novel form factor has been "confirmed" to be bound for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. No dates have been announced for the curved smartphone's arrival, but given @evleaks' history of pronouncements, it may be some time in the near future.
AT&T deploys LTE network in 13 more cities
AT&T has continued its ongoing LTE deployment, bringing the 4G service to 14 new markets across the US. The expansion includes Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, Arkansas; Galesburg, Macomb and Peoria, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Maysville and Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland, Maryland; St. Cloud, Minnesota; St. Joseph, Missouri; Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Big Spring, Texas and Winchester, Virginia.
Smaller GS4 variant to hit Sprint, AT&T, Verizon
Samsung fans that are looking for a smaller smartphone experience will be able to purchase the Galaxy S4 mini on one of four major American carriers beginning in November. The 4.3-inch handset will be available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and USCellular. Samsung has not announced specific launch dates for the device on each carrier.
S5 said to be rushed to market
Several Samsung leaks have pointed to alleged launch details for the company's current Galaxy S4 Mini handset and next-generation S5 flagship. Amid reports claiming Galaxy S4 sales have failed to meet internal goals, a report from the Korean site Naver suggests the Galaxy S5 is being hurried onto the market with an anticipated unveiling as early as January.
Streams 108 channels at home, 25 when out of the house
AT&T has brought more viewing options to its U-verse mobile app collection, by adding Internet streaming of live television channels. Viewers will be able to watch a range of live programming from subscribed-to channels through the iOS and Android apps, alongside the existing remote control, DVR-scheduling, and video on-demand services.
New markets range from Florida to Washington
AT&T has announced the latest cities to receive LTE coverage as the company continues to deploy its 4G network across the US. The rollout arrives in 11 cities for the first time, while the coverage footprint has been expanded in another 11 cities that previously had limited availability.
AT&T Data Global Add-on users gain access to near 12M Fon hotspots
AT&T has made an agreement with Wi-Fi hotspot network Fon to provide each others customers with overseas Wi-Fi. Customers of Fon will be able to use AT&T's 30,000-location Wi-Fi hotspot network at various stores and businesses in the United States, while AT&T customers can use Fon's international network of close to 12 million hotspots.
Statements about network speed, congestion in T-Mobile ads flawed
Television advertising for T-Mobile contains flawed "statements" about its service compared to AT&T that it cannot back up, according to the National Advertising Division (NAD). The Council of Better Business Bureaus-managed NAD has called for the offending ads to be removed from circulation, or changed before being viewed again.
Some retailers seeing no iPhone 5s, 5c issues likened to tangerine iMac
Reports have begun to surface of very low expected stock of the Apple iPhone 5s at multiple US carriers' retail locations, in addition to low stock at Apple retail stores. The iPhone 5c and 5s will go on sale at all of the iPhone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, with spot checks by MacNN showing minimal expected inventory of the 5s, and some retail stores having not yet received any of the sought-after iPhone 5s at all, with none expected before Friday.
AT&T commencing Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch orders at midnight
T-Mobile will be opening up pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 later this week, starting from the 18th. While T-Mobile will commence sales of the Samsung phablet from Wednesday, AT&T will be doing the same for the Galaxy Gear smart watch from midnight tonight, having already started its Galaxy Note 3 pre-orders earlier.
Service now competes with Aio
Prepaid carrier Straight Talk has expanded its device support to include smartphones or tablets that are compatible with AT&T's LTE network. A product page noticed by Droid-Life and Engadget lists dedicated LTE-capable SIM cards for unlocked AT&T devices, which can be used for the company's $45/month unlimited plan.
Multi-colored iPhone still set to ship on September 20th
Pre-orders have commenced for the multi-colored iPhone 5c through Apple's online store, with the four major US carriers also offering it at the same time. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile are all selling the new smartphone, with customers in ten other countries also able to pre-order the iPhone 5c before its September 20th shipping date.
No preorders available for flagship iPhone 5s, hints at supply shortage
The first- and third-largest carriers in the US have confirmed that they will begin accepting preorders on the iPhone 5c, the more colorful and less expensive of the two new iPhone models Apple introduced on Tuesday, beginning at 12:01AM Pacific Time (3:01AM Eastern) on Friday, September 13. Verizon and Sprint have formally confirmed the times, while Apple, AT&T and fourth-place T-Mobile USA are expected to follow suit. The new iPhones are functionally similar to the iPhone 5, but cost $100 less at full price and start on contract at $99.
42 million people covered by 700 MHz band B purchase
AT&T announced today that it completed its acquisition of wireless spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band B block from Verizon Wireless that it started in January. The acquired licenses cover 42 million people in 18 states -- California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
Best Buy to start selling metallic blue HTC One from September 15th
The blue version of the HTC One will be going on sale through Best Buy from September 15th. Identical to the normal model except for color, the "metallic blue" smartphone will be available on AT&T and Verizon, along with Sprint, though the retailer has yet to reveal per-carrier pricing. It is suggested by Engadget that it could cost as much as $700 off-contract through the retailer.
Microsoft, AT&T make Lumia 1020 price drop permanent
Cost-conscious fans of Nokia's Lumia 1020 have lucked out, as Microsoft and AT&T have decided to drop the price of the device by $100 for good. The most powerful smartphone-camera combination on the market can now be had for $199. The announcement came Friday by way of the Windows Phone Blog. That price point is available at AT&T's site, its physical retail locations, and at Microsoft Stores.
Update for iOS expected on September 10 alongside new iPhone launch
Apple and its primary US iPhone carrier partner, AT&T, have begun formally training their respective support staffs (such as front-desk sales, technicians and call-in support crews) on the upcoming iOS 7, which is expected to arrive alongside the announcement of new iPhones at an Apple media event on September 10. The training, revealed a set of leaked support screens, show overviews of the primary features of the upgrade, including things like iTunes Radio and the Activation Lock which will be part of the enhanced Find My iPhone app.
Records extend beyond AT&T customers
The Drug Enforcement Agency and other government agencies have reportedly paid AT&T for access to a database of phone records extending back to 1987, according to a New York Times report. Referred to as the "Hemisphere Project," the program is said to store data regarding phone calls routed through AT&T switches, rather than focusing solely on records for AT&T customers.
Expanding limited service area to across United States in mid-September
AT&T-owned MVNO Aio Wireless will be expanding its currently-limited coverage further afield, with the parent carrier stating that it will roll out the prepaid service across the United States. People located outside parts of Texas, Georgia, and Florida, areas where Aio currently operates, will be able to sign up for the carrier from mid-September.
Suspends employee vacations for second half of September
Following on the heels of reports of T-Mobile "blacking out" employee days off on the weekend of September 20-22 -- what is likely to be the first retail launch weekend of the forthcoming new iPhone -- more evidence has emerged that suggests AT&T is also blacking out employee vacation days, for the entire second half of the month. The iPhone continues to be AT&T's top selling smartphone after six years.
FCC concerned about prepaid customer migration to new networks
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has temporarily stopped an informal 180-day approval clock on the AT&T purchase of Alltel's retail operations. The FCC claims to have no information on how AT&T will migrate the Alltel customer base to its network "despite several Commission staff follow-up conversations about the importance of transitioning prepaid customers."
Customers visiting store can buy Motomaker card for online Moto X ordering
The Moto X has gone on sale through AT&T. The Motorola flagship smartphone is available through both AT&T's website and through retail stores, with the site offering the plain black and white options, and customers buying a Moto X card in-store being able to customize their device's color scheme through the Motomaker website.
New growth expands into portions of 26 states
AT&T plans to roll out 4G LTE in at least 50 additional markets by the end of this year. AT&T 4G LTE currently covers more than 225 million people and 370 markets; with this expansion by the end of 2013, coverage is expected to expand to nearly 270 million people and more than 400 markets.
LTE-equipped smartphone could launch on AT&T on August 23rd
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could still be making its way to AT&T in the future, according to a new leak. An image showing the large smartphone, complete with blue color scheme and AT&T branding on the back, suggests that the brief appearance of the device with compatible LTE radios at the FCC in June was leading to a full release.
Verizon late to offer HTC flagship phone
Verizon schedules HTC One launch
Verizon has announced that it is finally set to ship HTC's flagship One smartphone on August 22 for $200 with a new contract. The company is one of the last major carriers to launch the phone, amid reports of a larger "One Max" variant. Sprint is currently offering an exclusive red version, available with a buy-one-get-one-free promotional offer through the rest of the month.
New program giving one time replacement for damaged devices
Samsung and AT&T have launched an exchange program for damaged Samsung Galaxy S4 Active smartphones. The program was rumored earlier today, but since initial report both companies have confirmed the program and have commenced replacing users' water-damaged devices with new or refurbished units, depending on stock received at the exchanging store.
Provides calls via home phone, acts as Wi-Fi hotspot for 10 devices
AT&T has updated its Wireless Home Phone service to include data access to the carrier's LTE network. The new service, building upon the prepaid options introduced in May, will provide a home phone service over the AT&T cellular network, similar to versions offered by Verizon, US Cellular, and Rogers, except that it will also provide its users Internet access.
Company notes incredible growth in pay-as-you-go plans
AT&T today reported continued earnings gains for the second quarter, with increasing revenue growth driven by strong mobile data growth, solid postpaid net adds and continued strong gains in wireline consumer and U-verse services. AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $32.1 billion, up 1.6 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Second-quarter 2013 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $3.8 billion compared to $3.9 billion in the year-earlier quarter, down 7.6 percent.
Launch of T-Mobile Jump forcing other carriers to offer similar plans
The new T-Mobile Jump plan to allow for phone upgrades twice a year appears to have forced the hand of AT&T and Verizon into offering their own variants of the scheme, departing from the typical 24-month lifecycle. AT&T announced a new plan to provide new smartphones and tablets on a yearly basis, something it teased about last week, while Verizon is said to be working on its own plan.
Price reduction permanent effort to boost sales of BB10 device
Retailer Best Buy has slashed the poor-selling BlackBerry Z10 phone on either AT&T or Verizon to $50 with the purchase of a service contract. The price cut appears to be permanent for the smartphone that originally went on sale for $200 in March.
Merger gives AT&T large spectrum block, may draw regulator concern
AT&T and prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless have entered into an agreement for AT&T to acquire Leap for $15 per share in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will acquire all of Leap's stock and wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores, debt and approximately five million subscribers. Leap shareholders will also receive a contingent right entitling them to the net proceeds received on the sale of Leap's 700 Mhz "A Block" spectrum in Chicago, which Leap purchased for $204 million in August 2012.
Takes simultaneous 38MP, oversampled 5MP images for social network sharing
Nokia has launched its new 41-megapixel camera at its New York event, confirming a number of specifications leaked earlier today. The Nokia Lumia 1020 improves upon the camera used in the PureView 808 by adding six-lens Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, a backside illuminated sensor, and a number of other features to the Windows 8 smartphone.
Support for AT&T LTE bands found in large Samsung smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could be heading to AT&T, according to details found in an FCC filing. The smartphone with the 6.3-inch display made its send trip to the Commission for clearance, and while in the first instance it was shown to have AT&T-supported HSPA+, this time it is equipped with AT&T 4G LTE bands.
Dust, waterproof smartphone uses echo cancellation, noise suppression
AT&T has added a ruggedized smartphone from NEC to its business-oriented range of smartphones. Combining a 3.1-inch display with a QWERTY keyboard, the NEC Terrain is claimed to be waterproof and dustproof, uses a Gorilla Glass screen, and exceeds military specifications for shock distribution, as well as having mid-range smartphone features.
Carrier discounts Galaxy Note 8.0 when bought with Samsung smartphones
AT&T has revealed its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, ahead of its launch on the network on June 21st. The tablet with the 8-inch display and access to the AT&T LTE network will cost $400 with a two-year contract when bought on its own, but the carrier will also be offering it at a discount when bought as part of a bundle.
Announcement confirms details spotted in FCC LTE filing
AT&T has confirmed it will carry the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 on its network. Last seen passing through the FCC with support for the same LTE bands that AT&T uses, the tablet will work on the carrier's 4G LTE network, and brings along the same 1280x800 eight-inch display that Electronista tried out at Mobile World Congress in February.
AT&T brings Enhanced Push-to-Talk to iOS
AT&T has launched an iOS version of its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service, that allows customers to chat instantly with large groups. Limited to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, the new app can be used to make calls on compatible WiFi networks, including more than 32,000 AT&T hotspots, as well as over the company's 3G and 4G networks. On top of basic calling features, the app also includes personal alerts, free and busy status options, and supervisory override that allows supervisors to communicate important time sensitive messages to their team. Enhanced Push-to-Talk requires an AT&T subscription and cannot be used with international roaming.
AT&T lengthens upgrades to 24 months
AT&T is following in the footsteps of its chief rival by lengthening the period customers must remain on contract before they can upgrade their devices. An anonymous source tipped Engadget to the carrier's decision, which will limit customers to upgrading their devices only when they've reached the full duration of their contracts. Prior to the policy shift, the upgrade period was 20 months.
Filing suggests possible host of cheaper BlackBerry phone in US
The BlackBerry Q5, the cheaper alternative to the BlackBerry Q10 that is destined for emerging markets, could be heading to the United States soon, according to an FCC filing. A device matching the appearance of the BB10 OS smartphone has been spotted in the listing, suggesting it may make an appearance in the US after all.
Changes will force heavy data users onto $65 prepaid plan
AT&T is streamlining its GoPhone prepaid brand by removing some of its data plan options from its cheapest offerings. The carrier will be limiting the number of data plans its customers can choose from on June 20th for its two lowest plans, forcing data-hungry customers to upgrade their plans to a more expensive version.
Powerful camera and tablet soon to come from Nokia
A new report has Nokia close to releasing both a tablet and a new smartphone with a powerful sensor, with both of those devices in testing at AT&T. Nokiapoweruser on Saturday carried the report that the United States' second-largest carrier is in the process of trying out new devices from Nokia. The tablet and EOS smartphone could see release as early as this summer.
New network additions has AT&T covering 239 markets with LTE
AT&T has rolled out its 4G LTE network into 11 new markets and expanded in six others, as part of its national roll-out of the high-speed data network. New areas in six states, including Virginia and Washington, have had LTE access turned on today, while six markets in five states will have a wider coverage area.
LTE version of Galaxy Note 8.0 could be unveiled on AT&T soon
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has passed through the FCC for testing yet again, this time for certifications related to LTE connectivity. The tested tablet is reportedly a version that will operate on AT&T's 4G LTE network, with the new radio replacing the 3G version seen by the Commission in March, suggesting it could go on sale in the next few months.
Fee consistent with industry, added effective May 1
AT&T Wireless has started billing customers $0.61 per month as a mobility "administrative fee." The new charge came into effect May 1, and has been applied to all consumer bills, in addition to business accounts where the user pays the amount due. The new fee will add nearly $500 million to AT&T's coffers in a year.
Encourages donations to Red Cross after storm kills more than 91
In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that cut a path of destruction through Oklahoma City on Monday, wireless carrier AT&T announced that overage charges would be suspended for the area until June 30 as part of an effort to assist victims, many of whom lost everything. Due to high call volumes as friends and family check on their loved ones, the company said it would add additional resources to relieve cell congestion.