Samsung Galaxy S II hits AT&T on October 2 for $199

AT&T used Twitter to make the announcement on when their version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will debut. It is going to be on October 2nd, and will be priced at $199 with a 2-year contract and a minimum $15 data plan.

The AT&T version packs a 4.3-inch screen as opposed to Sprint’s Epic Touch 4G and T-Mobile’s version of 4.5-inches.

Full specs include:

  • 4G – HSPA+
  • Android (2.3.4 Gingerbread)
  • GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • UMTS Tri-band( 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • Screen: 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus
  • Processor: 1.2Ghz x 2 (dual core) Exynos
  • Camera: 8MP AF with LED flash + 2MP front facing for chatting
  • Video Record: 1080p Full HD
  • HDMI Out: HDMI via HDTV Smart Adapter with HDCP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Sensor: Motion UX, 6-axis gyroscope, proximity, light, noise (Audience A2220)

Check out our hands on at the Samsung launch event last month by our own Joe Sirianni.

Update: AT&T pulled their tweet, so the source link is a retweeted version.

[via twitter]

[Leak] T-Mobile Galaxy Tab Plus smiles for the camera

We have pictures of the new T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus, which is the follow up to the Galaxy Tab. This should not be mistaken for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that was unveiled a couple of weeks ago at the IFA Conference in Berlin.

This model will have 4G HSPA+, but we aren’t sure if it will support 21 Mbps or the newer 42 Mbps. We are expecting Android 3.2, since it supports smaller tablets, along with the TouchWiz UI.

More pictures after the break

[via tmonews]

AT&T: Keep your rate plan, even when it expires

AT&T may be scrambling to keep its merger with T-Mobile alive, but that is not stopping them from answering questions that would arise should the merger get approved.

As of September 16th, T-Mobile has updated their internal FAQ for employees regarding possible customer questions regarding rate plans in a post-AT&T takeover world.  AT&T has previously said that T-Mobile customers would be able to keep their current rate plans, but the question of what would happen once those contracts expire remained unclear.

That question now appears to be answered.  According to the updated FAQ, T-Mobile customers will be able to keep their current rate plan “even when their term ends and the service continues on a month-to-month basis”.  This information will come as good news to current T-Mobile subscribers, but it still leaves a very big question still unanswered.

The obvious question is what will happen when current T-Mobile customers want to upgrade at the end of their current contract?  Will they still be able to keep their current rate plan, or will that be considered a qualifying event that requires adoption of the AT&T rate plan structure? 

Until AT&T answers that question, the news that T-Mobile customers can keep their current rate plan should annotated by a huge asterisk.

Image courtesy of our friends at TmoNews.

via [tmonews]

Verizon Wireless will add 21 cities to their 4G LTE network on October 21

Every month Verizon Wireless seems to add at least 20 cities to their rapidly growing 4G LTE network. Last week we saw 26 cities join the party, and in looking ahead to October, 21 additional cities will go live on October 21st. We posted about this yesterday, but we did not have the complete list. It is now available so here you go:

  • Green Bay, WI
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Bedford, IN
  • Mitchell, IN
  • Evansville, IN
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • South Bend, IN
  • Mishawaka, IN
  • Elkhart, IN
  • Goshen, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Sioux City, IA
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Niagara, NY
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Fort Meyers, FL
  • Modesto, CA
  • Stockton, CA

Expanding markets:

  • Greater Erie, PA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA

This should bring us to 164 markets, which is well on the way of reaching Verizon’s goal of 175 markets by the end of the year.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider is finally available in the U.S. and Canada

It has been a long wait since ASUS unveiled the Eee Pad Slider. Thankfully, the Transformer kept us going, but if you have been holding out for the built-in keyboard you will be happy to know that you can finally order it.

It is available at newegg, Amazon, and Amazon Canada (links below). Pricing for the Mocha version starts at $479 for the 16GB model and $579 for the 32GB version. You can also pre-order white versions for the same prices.

Specs include:

  • 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 10.1-inch (1280 x 768) screen
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing
  • Android 3.1

Click on the links to order

Mocha versions:

amazon – 16GB, amazon – 32GBamazon canada – 16GB, amazon canada – 32GBnewegg

Pre-order White versions:

amazon – 16GB, amazon – 32GB, amazon canada – 16GB, amazon canada – 32GB

Motorola DEFY+ Pricing Confirmed At A Great Price, Arriving September 30th (UK)

About a month ago we reported on the Motorola DEFY+, an upgraded version of the original DEFY. Today retailer Clove UK has confirmed pricing for this device will be set at £246 ($337) including taxes and is expecting stock on September 30th. There seems to have been a lot of interest in this boredom proof device, and if you missed it, the DEFY+ will be running Gingerbread and a 25% faster processor than the DEFY had. This one might just be a hit for the extreme lifestyle types out there. Anyone going to check one out?

[via clove]

[Leak] Motorola ATRIX 2 pictures and details surface

Photos of the upcoming Motorola ATRIX 2 (codenamed Edison) has surfaced along with some details. The first piece of info is that it won’t have LTE. We suspected that when the Edison passed through the FCC with no LTE radios. It will come with a dual-core processor, which is far from a surprise. The question is if it will be a 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz. An 8MP camera with 1080 HD video capture is confirmed along with Android 2.3.5, but there was no information on the screen resolution. We expect it to launch by the end of the year.

Now that we know the Atrix 2 won’t have LTE, we have to ask what Motorola has up their sleeve? At the end of July, Sanjay Jha said there would be one more LTE phone for 2011. We figured it would be the Atrix 2 because of the DROID Bionic launch on Verizon Wireless, and the AT&T LTE roll out. It looks like the DROID HD (Dinara) will be out sooner rather than later.

Hit the break for more pictures.

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AT&T approaches rivals for help to seal merger deal

AT&T is scrambling to pick up the pieces after the news of 7 states joining the Department of Justice in pursuit to stop the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. A few days ago we told you about AT&T trying to salvage the deal by searching for more who would be willing to support the acquisition.

It has been reported that AT&T has approached several companies, including smaller rivals, with hopes of saving the $39 billion dollar takeover. The telecommunications giant has offered to sell spectrum and subscribers to smaller rivals such as Metro PCS Communications, and Leap Wireless. They have also looked into selling assets to Century Link, Dish Network and Sprint Nextel.

Although the Justice department sued on Aug. 31 to stop the deal, AT&T continues to try and salvage the agreement with T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom. If in fact the merger does fail, AT&T agrees to pay Deutsch Telekom $3 billion along with wireless spectrum and roaming agreements.

AT&T would become the largest U.S. carrier (currently in second) if a purchase is made and will fight the the justice department in court on Sept. 21 with hopes to come to an agreed settlement. Not only will they need to win in court, they will also need to have the FCC’s blessing.

It would appear that AT&T has a long and arduous road ahead of them and it doesn’t help that customers from both carriers would be enraged if they succeed.

How would you feel if the two cellular giants merged? Leave us your comments below.

[via bloomberg]

HTC Rhyme officially announced for Verizon followed by Asia and Europe [Video]

HTC has officially announced the Rhyme. It features a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, 1GHz single-core processor, 768MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Android 2.3, and Sense 3.5.

The Rhyme is all about the accessories. They will offer the charm indicator which will light up purple so you never miss a call. You will also find a sports arm band, Bluetooth headset, and the plugless charging dock.

It was originally called the Bliss and is aimed at females, but I am not sure how “Rhyme” is better suited. It will be available on Verizon Wireless on September 29th for $199, with pre-orders beginning September 22nd, followed by Asia and Europe next month.

Update: O2 just announced they will be the only UK network to carry it starting October 17th. A bunch of videos after the break.

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LG Optimus Black in white will be available on Telus starting today

You know white phones are getting popular when a phone’s title is “black,” but it is offered in white. The Optimus Black, which released on Telus back in July as the “Skype Edition,” will now have a white sibling. Other than the color, it is the exact same device, and no they will not call it the Optimus White. Speaking of that, maybe some day they will come out with an Optimus White and later release a black version.

Pricing will be the same; free for a 3-year contract or $399.99 off contract.

[via mobilesyrup]