AT&T has just started rolling out an update to its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 Mini located in the United States. The upgrade brings compatibility for VoLTE (Voice over LTE), support for Wireless Printing, and a ton of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Aspirant Nexus 9 LTE owners received a little holiday incentive from AT&T. The wireless carrier is driving a promotion on many tablets, including the newly-released LTE variant of the Nexus 9, offering a $100 statement credit for adding the device to your contract.
In a stunning announcement that will make Adam Smith believers proud, AT&T and Verizon appear to be feeling the effects of more intense market forces as an emboldened T-Mobile and Sprint offer more appealing bang for the buck to consumers.
When looking at which carrier to give your hard earned money, the quality of the network is vital. Customers have no reason to stick around if the network’s coverage is spotty or speeds are frequently bogged down. Cost comes into play, but carriers in the United States are expensive as a whole. You should pay for what you get.
So which network in the United States is the speediest when it comes to downloading? Hit the break to find out the answer to that question and more.
Now is a great time to be an AT&T customer in the market for a new smartphone. The carrier is running a promotion that includes the option to bring home an LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 when purchasing any smartphone. For the smartphone, customers must be using the AT&T Next program while the tablet requires the signing of a new two-year contract.
Both AT&T’s website and retail stores are offering the bundle; however, only select retail stores are going to take advantage of it. Online, add the smartphone to your cart and then add the G Pad 7.0 to see the $0.99 price.
AT&T has not specified an end date for the promotion, but the carrier does say that the bundle will be unavailable once it runs out of G Pad 7.0 units to sell.
While Samsung may have missed the rumored Dec. 1 launch date, it looks like rumors that had the month of December pegged for the launch were right. Samsung has the Gear VR headset listed on their web site for $199.99. AT&T also has the the new VR unit up on its web site for $199.00. Before you stop reading though to go get one, you should know that it currently appears to be sold out on AT&T’s web site. Also, you’ll need a Note 4 to go along with the VR headset. What it does is cradle the Note 4 for an immersive 360-degree view. If you have the new Note — or are planning on buying one — here’s what you’re in for spec wise:
On November 18th, AT&T launched a new promo offering a data plan that included 15 GB of shared data for only $100 per month. The normal price for a 15 GB data plan on the carrier is $130 per month. The special promo was available to both new customers and existing customers. A mere 13 days later, on November 30th, AT&T brought the limited time deal to a close.
An AT&T spokesperson, Steven Schwadron, declined to comment on why the carrier decided to run this particular promotion for a such a limited period of time, not even two weeks. He did indicate though that AT&T runs “limited time promos all the time.” It could be the carrier was attracting too much interest in the plan for users wanting to up their data limit or AT&T could be preparing for a new promo to take place later in December in conjunction with Christmas.
source: Fierce Wireless
Although AT&T reportedly implemented measures to ensure customers who had legacy unlimited data plans were only getting their speeds throttled when connected to congested network nodes, it appears the throttling is being implemented at all times for users tapping into the carrier’s 4G LTE network. The throttling of 4G LTE customers is implemented a little later than those consumers on 3G plans, only coming into play once a user tops 5 GB of data. Once it hits though, it applies at all times of day and it does not matter whether the network is experiencing any congestion.
Amazon is starting off their Black Friday deals with a ton of phones for a dollar or less on all three major carriers. These are obviously on-contract devices, but if you’re planning on starting up a new line of service or upgrading any lines, these are some pretty great deals. You can snag a Galaxy S 5 for just a dollar, or an LG G3 or HTC One M8 for a penny. Some of the deals vary depending on carrier and whether or not you’re going for a new account or upgrade, but the deals are worth looking through if you’re in the market.
When Google introduced the Nexus 6 one of the features that was noteworthy was that the device came loaded with the chips necessary to support any of wireless network technologies used by all of the major U.S. carriers. In theory, this means any given Nexus 6 can be used on any of these networks instead of consumers having to purchase a unit built specifically for any given carrier. Unfortunately, it looks like the carriers are still creating some roadblocks to this concept becoming a reality.