AT&T offering Moto X and LG G2 for free on contract

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Normally AT&T sells the Moto X and LG G2 for $99 each on contract, but those looking to buy one of these two devices will be pleased to know that they can now get them for free, thanks to a limited time offer.

According to AT&T the deals will last until January 31, and are only available online. It will require a 2 year contract agreement, and only works with certain plans. This deal will also have no effect on the off-contract prices of the phones.

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AT&T’s Galaxy S4 Active Updating to Android 4.3 Starting Today

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If you’re an owner of the Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, you should start seeing an OTA update pushing to your device. The update will be bringing Android 4.3 and all its features to your device. It’s a hefty update coming in at 772MB and will change your build to  I537UCUBML2.

There’s not a change log as of yet, but we’ll update the article as soon as we see one. If you’ve received the update sound off below to let us know any changes you see.

source: Android Central

AT&T Customers to Get Special Deal When Beats Music Launches on January 21st

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Almost two years after the rumor that Beats Audio would be starting its own music streaming service; Beats Music is finally a reality. The streaming service boasts hand picked music stations created by a slew of music experts. However, it’s not just a server that plays predestined lists of music. According to the folks behind it. It’s more than that:

“We wanted to build a service that was more than a server, one that was truly of service to the listener. We wanted to combine the trust that comes from excellent hand-picked music with the personalization that knows you’re an individual and that a handful of stations can’t satisfy all listeners.”

Like other streaming services like Slacker, Spotify or All Access, you’ll get these features for ten dollars a month. Luckily there will be a 30 day trial for those of you who are wary of committing to a service without trying it. AT&T users will have even more perks. » Read the rest

AT&T Chooses Samsung Smartphones to Test Out VoLTE Ahead of Rollout

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AT&T has chosen Samsung devices to test its voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) service that is scheduled to arrive sometime this year. The Korean Company’s Galaxy line will be apart of the group of devices that are being tested for VoLTE. The service will allow for voice calling that enables clearer quality and faster connections over that of the exist 3G networks. Currently, LTE networks have only been able to support data transmission.

This would be a great move for Samsung as it would secure even more of a foothold in US markets. The company already released a VoLTE device in local markets run by SK Telecom Co. and LG Uplus Corp. This move should certainly help Samsung get a competitive edge over its competition.

source: The Korea Herald

AT&T says “Sponsored Data” does not violate FCC Net neutrality rules

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On Tuesday, AT&T announced their Sponsored Data program. It allows companies to pay for your data use when using their services; therefore, it will not count against your data limit. But many are taking issue with the program’s potential violation of the FCC’s Net neutrality rules. These people believe that it will raise costs for companies, thus costing consumers more as well. Also, it puts the control into the content creator’s hands. » Read the rest

AT&T To Launch New Program Dubbed “Sponsored Data”

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In an effort to keep up with the industry’s competition and stay fresh on the mobile scene, AT&T is offering a brand new program that will allow companies to only pay for the mobile data used by specific companies’ enterprise applications not counting against their own mobile data plan cap. Without a doubt a pretty bold move by the company. AT&T has dubbed the new toll-free calling for mobile data “Sponsored Data” and companies will now be able to promote their applications and services to businesses interested in only recieving data charges by the carrier for a specific application not by total data used by the user.  If AT&T and its on-board partners can market this product well it could mean huge gains and big success. However, there are some skeptics keeping a watchful eye on the new venture. Eddie Hold, an NPD Group analyst had this to say regarding the bold move:   » Read the rest

T-Mobile’s Legere briefly crashes AT&T party before getting the boot

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As T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere prepares for the company’s Uncarrier 4.0 event on Wednesday as part of CES 2014, he has been on a virtual rampage of sorts generating all kinds of press related to his spat with AT&T. The latest bit of news comes courtesy AT&T’s developer party being held to cap off their conference in conjunction with CES 2014. Legere showed up with an entourage, including T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter, to check out the party at which Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were scheduled to perform. “Crashing” the party may be too strong a word as Legere and company did show up with tickets and were allowed in with no problem.

Shortly after arriving though, Legere ran into CNET reporter Roger Cheng who tweeted out a picture of the two. A few minutes after that, security showed up to bounce Legere’s group from the festivities. It is entirely possible Legere would have been asked to leave even if he had not had the fateful run-in with Cheng, but that tweet certainly seems to have hastened things a bit. In the end though, it seems like AT&T may have played into Legere’s hand as he was able to capitalize on the stunt via Twitter and continue to press on AT&T while building interest in T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 event.

Be sure to keep an eye on TalkAndroid for our CES 2014 coverage and find out what other shenanigans may be going on at the event.

source: CNET
via: Android Authority

AT&T Adds 26 New LTE Markets, Brings Total to Over 500

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AT&T is working on expanding its LTE coverage and with the bevy of devices we’ve seen announced at CES for the network it would only make sense for the carrier to push it even further. Today AT&T announced that they’re bringing LTE to 26 new markets. They include:

  • Hope, AR
  • Greeley, CO
  • Okeechobee, FL
  • Lewiston, ID
  • Crawfordsville, IN
  • Ames, IA
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Cambridge, MD
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Jackson, MI
  • Red Wing, MN
  • Branson, MO
  • Hannibal, MO
  • Mexico, MO
  • Missoula, MT
  • Keene, NH
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Ashtabula, OH
  • Tahlequah, OK
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Utuado, PR
  • Stephenville, TX
  • St. John, USVI
  • St. George, UT
  • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
  • Walla Walla, WA

The carrier boasts that it now covers over 270 million people and 500 different markets. While it doesn’t have the expansiveness that Verizon has, AT&T is working hard on bringing LTE to its customers. If you’re in any of these towns, you should already see this on capable devices. Let us know in the comments below.

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AT&T announces the ASUS Padfone X in the US

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You may have been following the release of ASUS’ Padfones and seen them appear in benchmarks, and you may have been disappointed that it seemed like they might not make it to the US. Well my friends, all that has just changed at the AT&T developers summit at CES 2014, with the announcement of the new Padfone X. In fact, it seems that for now at least, the Padfone X will only be available in the US! Hit the break to find out more and read the press release!

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AT&T introduces Sponsored Data, allowing businesses to pay the data bill for consumers

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AT&T has revealed what they’re calling Sponsored Data at the AT&T developers summit today at CES 2014. While the service sounds a little bizarre, it’s actually pretty straightforward, and AT&T likens it to 1-800 phone services where the company that is being called will foot the bill for the call.

The service is aimed mostly at businesses, and allows users to test out things like apps and games and even view websites without it having an effect on their monthly data plans.

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