AT&T to launch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 October 24th

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has made its appearance in Thailand and is now set to hit American shores, launching on AT&T later this week. The budget phablet features a 6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.5GB of RAM, a quad-core processor and a 2800mAh battery. On the software side of things it runs Android 4.4 and features Samsung’s popular dual-window feature with the added ability to run two instances of the same app simultaneously. The phone goes for $149.99 with a new two-year contract or $474.99 outright. Any AT&T subscribers out there interested in picking one of these up on the 24th? Let us know in the comments below.

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Special Beats Music offer from AT&T comes to an end

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When Beats Music finally launched their own streaming music service, playing off the name recognition of their line of headphones, AT&T managed to strike a special deal for their customers. AT&T subscribers were able to get the Beats Music service for a 90-day free trial, much longer than the standard 2-week trial period. In addition, AT&T subscribers could buy a Beats Music subscription for $14.99 per month, $5 more than the normal price, but could share their subscription with other users and devices. This special package is no longer available to AT&T customers although they can still order the standard $9.99 per month Beats Music service.
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Nexus 6 to be available on all major U.S. carriers

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With Google’s official release of the Nexus 6 earlier today, buyers may be trying to figure out whether it will be available on their network. The good news for customers on the five major U.S. carriers is that Google is going to make the Nexus 6 available on all of those networks with the initial release. The networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. This is a welcome change in strategy from Google as they try to get the latest Nexus smartphone into the hands of as many users as possible. The biggest impediment could end up being the price, which at $649 off-contract, puts it right up there with other high-end devices. By not backing off on specs and the corresponding cost of the unit, Google is also employing a new strategy compared to previous releases.

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The ASUS PadFone X mini is coming to AT&T on Oct. 24, $199 contract free on GoPhone

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ASUS, AT&T, and Intel sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the PadFone X will be available on AT&T GoPhone for $199. That means no contract or commitments.

The PadFone X mini features a 4.5-inch IPS+ 854 x 480 display, a 1.6 GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, 1 MP front-facing camera, an Intell XMM 7160 LTE modem, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

When the phone is docked, you get a 7-inch tablet experience utilizing the 7-inch IPS+ 1280 x 800 display. The phone itself has a 2060 mAh battery and the tablet dock sports 2200 mAh.

We have the full presser after the break.


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AT&T introduces new Passport plans for international travelers

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AT&T has announced some new packages intended to help international travelers. The packages are part of a new AT&T Passport line of services with three levels available. The packages or primarily designed for travelers who may not travel frequently or when they do it is for short trips abroad. Each package is good for one to 30 days. AT&T will charge a one-time fee and the Passport package will expire automatically at the end of 30 days, so no need to worry about canceling the service.
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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge may be coming to AT&T and US Cellular

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We’ve heard that Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge may not actually end up being a full-scale production device, but instead just a limited run device to gauge consumer reaction to the curved display. Despite that, it’s looking like we’ll see the device launched on at least two US carriers, if new FCC filings are accurate.

The filing for a device with the model number SM-N915A show that it has LTE bands for both AT&T and US Cellular. While that doesn’t mean that we’ll see the Note Edge hit shelves at the same time as the Note 4, at least it will be somewhat available at some point. Since AT&T is the exclusive carrier of the Galaxy Alpha, the carrier seems fairly committed to keeping their portfolio up to date with Samsung’s products.
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Google enables MMS for Google Voice for North American carriers

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Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them.
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AT&T issues apology for customer data breach

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AT&T has revealed that an employee inappropriately accessed customer data, including Social Security numbers and other account data. It is not clear whether the employee may have done anything beyond accessing data that was off limits, but the company is offering to reverse any unauthorized charges incurred by customers. AT&T is also offering a free year of credit monitoring services to affected customers.
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