New info suggests AT&T will have very brief Moto Maker exclusivity period

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Some new information suggests AT&T will have a very small window of exclusivity with Moto Maker for the new Motorola Moto X+1. Previous reports suggested the new Motorola device’s Moto Maker customization would be available on both AT&T and Verizon, possibly with simultaneous launches and availability. Now sources are saying AT&T will actually get a brief three-day period when they will be the exclusive source for the Moto Maker program.

Verizon fans may be bummed by this, but it is still a big improvement compared to last year’s launch when AT&T had a much longer exclusive period for Moto Maker. There is still no word on when T-Mobile or Sprint may carry the device or get access to the Moto Maker program. That information may come out in the next few days though once the device is officially announced.

source: TK Tech News

New and current customers will receive $100 bill credit for activating a line on AT&T Next

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Starting today, new and existing AT&T customers who activate a new AT&T Next line with a smartphone will receive $100 credit to their bill. AT&T, like other carriers and their similar plans, offers customers a chance to purchase a new smartphone or upgrade to a new one with zero money down, no upgrade fees or activation fees. The added caveat to Next is no annual service contract. Payments for a new phone are instead broken down over a 20 or 24 month installments. Of course there’s debate over whether or not these types of plans are worth it. That being said if you’re looking to take advantage of this, you can do so at any AT&T retail store or online at att.com/100credit. However this offer is a limited time deal and you’ll have until Sept. 30, to take advantage.

source: AT&T

AT&T LG G3 Vigor user guide leaks online

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A couple of weeks ago, we learned that the LG G3 S would be renamed to the G3 Vigor for Sprint, but it appears AT&T is getting the device as well. In fact, the user guide has leaked online. The model is D725 (Sprint is LS885) and it features a 5-inch IPS LCD 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 2,540 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. You can download the English manual from the link below.

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source: MyLGPhones

 

AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

HTC-One-M8_Gunmetal_Silver_Gold1AT&T will be sending out updates for the HTC One M8 in the next few days to update it to KitKat 4.4.3. The update is hardly a large one, and only brings mild security updates, but it’s still nice to have the most current OS version. The update is 660MB large and is number 2.23.502.3. AT&T is receiving the update just after T-Mobile and long before Verizon, which will receive it in about three weeks.

Source: XDA Developer Forums

Fire Phone losing ground quickly to LG G3, AT&T exclusivity to blame

FirePhone-navigationThe Fire phone has been having some issues lately on the market and has not been selling nearly as well as Amazon has wanted. The lack of adoption by consumers seems to be the result of the exclusive deal between Amazon and AT&T. While AT&T may be a large company, they don’t have all of the market, so all Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers are stuck with another device, whether they want a Fire Phone or not.


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Verizon introduces new $60 single-line plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB data

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For all you loners out there, Verizon has a new plan just for you.

For $60, you’ll now get unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data. If you are paying for your device with Verizon’s Edge plan, your monthly bill will decline by $10 to $50 a month. (Of course you’ll be paying the Edge payments on top of that.)

You’ll also have to be $15 for every GB you go over your cap.


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AT&T’s Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4

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AT&T has released the latest version of Android 4.4.4 to their Moto X customers. The update isn’t very significant, bringing only a few security and backend fixes, but one interesting change is the addition of the ability to turn off the carrier name in the status bar. 

The rollout for 4.4.4 is a wide release, meaning all you have to do is head to Settings > About phone on your Moto X and check for updates, and you may very well get it on your first try. 

Source: Motorola

Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

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As of late, Samsung devices have been the go-to for educational content and services. In fact, the company just reached 900 applications for its very own Kid Store. Now, two of the company’s tablets will be pre-loaded with Famigo when purchased through AT&T. This gives users more kid-friendly content that can be consumed for free and even more when paying for the service.
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HTC brings the Desire 610 and Desire 816 to the U.S.

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They might not be the most “desirable” smartphones, but the HTC Desire line has been around for a long time. HTC announced today that the Desire 610 and the Desire 816 are now available in the U.S.

The Desire 816 (pictured above) features a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 128 GB of extra storage, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, BoomSound, Sense 6, and 2,600 mAh battery. It will be available starting tomorrow at Virgin Mobile for $299 on a Beyond Talk plan with no contract agreement.


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Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
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