AT&T has announced some new things are coming to AT&T Drive, including new apps for automobile manufacturers and a handful of new partners. The connected car platform is a big focus for the wireless carrier, as it will eventually lead to more LTE-enabled devices being active on its network.
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.
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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.”
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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The uniquely designed Galaxy Note Edge will make its way to Verizon Wireless on the 8th of January, according to a new leak. Big Red will also bring the Motorola Nexus 6 to its retail outlets, but not until mid-February, the leak says.
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.
T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere has posted a blog entry on the carrier’s website detailing his prediction for where the wireless industry will be heading in 2015. He talks about the direction T-Mobile is going in, and in typical Legere fashion, he doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to throwing other carriers under the bus.
Right out of the gate, Legere talks about all of the different moves T-Mobile has put into place with their Uncarrier revolution. This includes the recently announced roll over data, unlimited music streaming, and ending annual service contracts, among several other things. There’s even a nice chart that shows how each of the four carriers fares when it comes to those Uncarrier moves, and while it’s definitely weighted in T-Mobile’s favor, it does show that T-Mobile is committed to offering a better value for your money than the other big three.
If you happen to have a Verizon LTE device and want to get hooked up with a prepaid plan from Straight Talk, you are in luck as the carrier is starting to take SIM card orders for Verizon devices. The addition of Verizon LTE devices as an option for Straight Talk customers should not be too big a surprise since Straight Talk is a Verizon MVNO.
SIM cards for Verizon devices run only $6.99. Straight Talk will not be shipping the new SIM cards for at least a couple weeks while they wait for them to be delivered before they can ship them to their customers. Straight Talk’s primary plan for smartphones runs $45 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 3 GB of data. Straight Talk does throttle data speeds once customers hit 3 GB of data, bringing the speed down to only 64 kbps.
source: Straight Talk
Sprint’s prepaid wireless service, Boost Mobile, announced today that you can pick up the ZTE Speed for $100 off contract. The ZTE Speed doesn’t offer much in terms of specs, but getting Android 4.4 KitKat on a budget phone definitely isn’t something to scoff at.
T-Mobile’s John Legere takes center stage in a new holiday video from the Un-Carrier. Inspired by A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, Legere recounts the happy times T-Mobile has experienced during 2014 and some of the benefits they have made available to customers since they launched their Un-Carrier strategy. Legere also takes some digs at T-Mobile’s main competitors, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
If you want to check it out, hit the break to view the video. Just note there are a couple, depending on where you work, NSFW words included in the message.