AT&T Brings Back Rollover – for Data

For years, AT&T offered rollover minutes on its mobile plans, going back all the way to the days of AirTouch and Cingular Wireless. (Remember Cingular?! They were awesome. I loved that orange jumping jack guy.) But with minutes ceasing to be valuable currency in the mobile space in recent years, Rollover disappeared.

Now AT&T, taking its cues from GSM rival T-Mobile,  is resurrecting the Rollover concept, but in a form more fitting these modern times. AT&T Mobile Share customers will now be automatically enrolled in a monthly Rollover of data, and it rolls over across an entire shared account. It’s a nice bone to throw customers concerned about overages and should assuage billing fears associated with said overages.


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Google wants regulators to free up vacant spectrum to give consumers cheaper alternatives for wireless data

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Everyone is sick of the data caps that cell phone companies have imposed on us. It’s one thing to cap data, but it’s another to over charge for services rendered. I have been saying all long that Google will fix this mess and they are already making steps toward it.

They are lobbying with regulators to free up vacant spectrum that is not only low cost, but useless to the U.S. carriers. They would like to see as much as 150 megahertz of specturm around the 3.5 gigahertz band. The idea is to leave it open to anyone without a license, but set aside some of it for companies to use exclusively.


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Vodafone will be the exclusive carrier of the LG G Flex 2 in the U.K. (for a few weeks)

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The LG G Flex 2 will have a limited release in the United Kingdom to start. Carrier Vodafone UK announced that it would exclusively offer the G Flex 2 to its customers before anyone else. The window of exclusivity will run for six weeks. Then, the G Flex 2 is fair game for other carriers in the U.K. to sell.

In the United States, both Sprint and AT&T confirmed the G Flex 2′s availability.

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Boost Mobile will carry Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE for $129.99

samsung galaxy prevailBoost Mobile will be adding Samsung’s Galaxy Prevail LTE to its lineup on January 19th for $129.99. Like other Boost Mobile devices, there’s no contract attached to the phone.

$129.99 gets you a 4.5-inch screen, a capable Snapdragon 410 CPU, 8 GB of internal storage with 1 GB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has plenty of connectivity options to access Boost Mobile’s LTE network.
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ZTE Grand X Max+ heading to Cricket Wireless on Friday

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Cricket Wireless is partnering with ZTE to offer an exclusive handset to its customers. The Grand X Max+ will be available on January 9 for $199 without a contract. Alongside the low cost of the handset are low monthly payments. The carrier has plans starting at $35 per month. This makes the entire package obtainable for entry-level users.

Despite the low off-contract cost, the Grand X Max+ has decent specifications. The 6-inch display is not Full HD as the resolution is 1280×720. ZTE delivers, though, with a 13MP camera on the rear of the handset and a 5MP camera facing the user. Everything is controlled by a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 400 processor with 3200mAh battery providing the power. Android 4.4 KitKat is included, sitting behind custom software designed by ZTE.

Hit the break for the full press release. Click here for our full CES 2015 coverage.


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AT&T pushes Digital Life through partnerships with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG, Lutron

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More home automation and Internet of Things news from CES 2015, this time coming to us from AT&T. The communications giant has developed its own platform for home security and automation called Digital Life. At CES 2015, AT&T announced that they have struck deals with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG Electronics and Lutron Electronics to expand their offering and compete with other systems. According to Kevin Peterson, senior vice president of Digital Life with AT&T, “Innovation in home automation is skyrocketing, but to really drive mass adoption, we need to leverage the strong platform that we have built working with key industry leaders and developers to bring the best ideas together to benefit the customer.”
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Sprint, AT&T confirm the LG G Flex 2′s availability

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At its CES 2015 press conference, the G Flex 2 made its worldwide debut for LG. Consumers in the United States are curious to know which carriers intend to offer the handset. Two carriers have stepped forward quickly to confirm that the G Flex 2 will be available on their networks. Both Sprint and AT&T will release the G Flex 2 in the first quarter of 2015. To bring some spice to the handset, Sprint will have an exclusive Volcano Red color.

Pricing and a specific release date have yet to be provided.

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U.S. Cellular adds ZTE Imperial II to portfolio

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ZTE has announced their ZTE Imperial II smartphone will be coming to U.S. Cellular. The Imperial II is aimed at budget-focused buyers and will be available for $0 down with a two-year contract. However, avoiding being locked in to a two-year contract is not an expensive proposition as the Imperial II will only run $100 off contract.

The Imperial II is the successor to ZTE’s Imperial, but with a larger 5-inch screen. The device comes equipped with a Snapdragon quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 2,300 mAh battery, support for 4G LTE and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

You can read the full press release after the break.
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