BlackBerry’s Priv was launched as a device resurrect the brand and make it mainstream once again. The issue is that the Priv can only be bought from a limited number of places, which is actually a massive issue in the United States. Two months after BlackBerry started selling the Priv, AT&T is still the sole carrier in the United States offering the handset. It actually turns out, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise, that AT&T had an exclusive deal with BlackBerry to be the exclusive U.S. seller of the Priv for sixty days. BlackBerry was also required to not comment on carrier availability. Now, with the deal expiring, BlackBerry is ready to send its flagship to Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
Verizon has just revealed that it will be selling both the Fitbit Blaze and Moto 360 Sport, which were showcased yesterday at CES, through its online and bricks-and-mortar stores. The former is now up for pre-order in Black, Blue, and Plum colorways with a price tag of $199.99, whilst the latter will set you back $299.99 when it launches tomorrow.
ZTE has announced two new phones at CES 2016 headed for prepaid US carriers, so don’t expect them to compete with some of the other flagships that have been announced in the past couple of days. The Grand X3 is on its way to Cricket, while the Avid Plus is slated for T-Mobile. Read more
AT&T revealed today that it will be making an announcement on January 6 detailing changes it will be making to its prepaid plans.
When T-Mobile announced their Binge On promotion for video streaming, they didn’t quite mention how video streams would be “optimized” on their network. This created some frustration between T-Mobile and YouTube, and rightfully so, since YouTube isn’t even part of the Binge On program. To clarify some things, the Electronic Frontier Foundation ran some tests to see how video was being throttled/optimized and came to some interesting conclusions. Read more
AT&T, and their pre-paid subsidiary Cricket Wireless, announced today they will be expanding the offerings of ruggedized devices available for consumers on their network. Cricket Wireless will offer the new Kyocera Hydro VIEW smartphone while AT&T gets the Kyocera DuraForce XD smartphone and the Kyocera DuraXE flip phone. All of the new Kyocera devices for the carriers will be available starting later this week on January 8th. Read more
HTC’s famed One A9 is now available in a unique Deep Garnet color variant; however, those interested will only be able to get the color through Vodafone in the UK.
This isn’t the first time LG and Verizon have partnered up to create a promotion. This offer requires a purchase of an LG V10 on Verizon and gives you 50% off of LG’s Tone Pro Bluetooth headset.
During 2015 we saw a variety of smartphone manufacturers take steps to tap into the Indian market, one of the fastest growing on the globe. Those steps appear to be justified as the year ends on a report from India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority indicating the number of mobile-phone subscribers has topped 1 billion. India joins China as the only two countries to reach that plateau. Read more
Back in 2011, when the smartphone market was still relatively young, Carrier IQ earned a degree of infamy by being one of the first companies discovered to be collecting detailed user data and information surreptitiously on mobile devices. Since then, Carrier IQ has managed to stay out of the limelight until now when it was announced that AT&T has acquired rights to Carrier IQ’s software and to some staff that is coming on board at AT&T. At the same time, the Carrier IQ web site has gone dark and it is unclear what the status of the company is. Read more