Change is in the air for GoPhone prepaid plans at AT&T. Rather than halting the flow of data upon going over the cap, the carrier will throttle speed. Being throttled and handed overage fees is way better than being abruptly cutoff. The throttled speed is 128kbps. Customers currently on the $25 or $40 plans may want to take a look at the new $45 option. It offers a total of 1GB of data with unlimited talk and text. It offers a much better value because there is more wiggle room with data.
As of yesterday, AT&T is offering Mobile Share Value customers 15GB for the price of 10 or a limited time. That’s right, for the $100 per month price tag that normally comes with 10GB you’ll get an extra five. According to AT&T you can do a lot with 15GB of data.
Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up the curved variant of Samsung’s flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note Edge, from three out of five of the largest carriers.
Another color choice of the G3 is available. The flagship device of 2014 for LG is available in Blue Steel exclusively from Best Buy. It is for multiple carrier versions — Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The storage size is 32GB (with a microSD card slot) and the cost is $99 with a two-year contract.
Source: Best Buy [Verizon] [AT&T] [Sprint]
Purchasing a device through a carrier comes with one major downside: the bloatware. Any device, no matter the hardware manufacturer, will ship with software that just takes up space and will never be used. It has gotten better over time but bloatware is still an issue. Nexus devices always remained the exception to the rule as Google kept the experience pure and the way Android is meant to be seen. This year, the Nexus 6 will be available through select carriers. And at least the Nexus 6 sold through AT&T will be packed with bloatware. Most of them are AT&T’s, covering things like account information and navigation. Fortunately, it can all be removed (which at one point was not possible).
So maybe it is indeed a good thing that Verizon is not selling the Nexus 6 itself at this time.
Earlier this year AT&T announced they were going to enter the market for in-flight wireless services. The carrier indicated they were responding to feedback they picked up on from air travelers who were frustrated with the service offered by current market participants like Gogo and Row44. In a statement issued on Monday, AT&T has announced they are abandoning their plans and will “no longer pursue entry into the inflight connctivity industry.”
AT&T has finally announced when they will begin selling the new Nexus 6 with Android 5. Lollipop. The big day for pre-orders will be tomorrow, November 12. The device will run $249 on new 2-year contract or $682.99 without a contract.Alternatively, there are three AT&T Next (device payment plan) plans to choose from, all of which require $0 down: Next 24 at $22.77 per month, Next 18 at $28.46 per month, or Next 12 at $34.15 per month.
The device will be available to order in only Midnight Blue, as the press release does not mention the Cloud White version.
In an announcement made on Friday, AT&T indicated they have entered into an agreement to purchase wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion from Grupo Salinas. Iusacell is a wireless provider in Mexico servicing 8.6 million customers and covering about 70% of Mexico’s population. According to AT&T CEO,
“Our acquisition of Iusacell is a direct result of the reforms put in place by President Peña Nieto to encourage more competition and more investment in Mexico. Those reforms together with the country’s strong economic outlook, growing population and growing middle class make Mexico an attractive place to invest.”
AT&T announced today that they are expanding their AT&T Next program to add an even longer term for consumers who are interested in buying a new smartphone for $0 down followed by monthly payments. The new AT&T Next 24 option will be available to qualified consumers starting on November 9th. The 24 in the program’s name refers to how many months a consumer has to wait before being eligible to trade in their smartphone and upgrade to a new device. However, the payment schedule is based on a 30-month installment plan.
Starting this Wednesday, November 5, residents in the United States will be able to pick up LG’s first ever rounded smart watch, the G Watch R, for $299 from AT&T’s online portal, then from any of its nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores on Friday, November 7.