AT&T HTC One Mini receives Android 4.4 KitKat

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AT&T is now rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One Mini along with the HTC Sense™ 5.5.

Just like always, the update is a staggered one which means that the OTA update will be available for some users right away, while it might reach other customers a week or two later. The update carries the version number 3.10.502.3, and since it is sized at 658 MB, you will need to be on Wi-Fi to download it.

Based on the changelog posted on AT&T’s website, the new update includes “key enhancements to the user interface, phone dialer app, lock screen, caller ID, HTC BlinkFeed™ apps”. In addition, you will get an improved user interface with restyled status and navigation bars, emoji support, enhanced bluetooth and security as well as the ability to directly look up for contacts from the dial pad and much more.

Check out the full changelog right after the break: » Read the rest

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

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Unlike last year when HTC’s release of the HTC One was plagued by delays, the company is ready to push out the new HTC One M8 starting today on a much more aggressive schedule. As expected, the new smartphone will be available from Verizon today, including retail stores, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time, so people could be out on the streets with the latest from HTC later this afternoon. Depending on your interest, you may want to adjust your schedule for your lunch hour.

If you are not on Verizon or don’t have time to run to a retail location, you can still get the device quickly as the major U.S. and Canadian carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are all scheduled to open their online systems at 1:00 pm Eastern time to accept online orders. If you pick next day shipping, it may be possible to have the HTC One M8 in your hand as soon as tomorrow.

Along with the aggressive release via Verizon retail locations, HTC indicates the other carriers should have the devices available before April 10th for most retail customers. They are also rolling out the device to over 230 carriers in 100 countries before the end of April. We’ll keep monitoring the carriers for information on pricing throughout the afternoon.

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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Is the Samsung Galaxy S 5′s new design not sturdy enough for you? Good news. They are said to be releasing the Galaxy S 5 Active, model number SM-G870x. According to @evleaks, the device will be “Coming to AT&T and Sprint, among other carriers.” So if the GS5′s IP67 water resistant rating is not good enough, be on the lookout for the GS5 Active. » Read the rest

AT&T’s Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order on March 21 for $199, gives Samsung’s wearables a price too

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On March 21, tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order through AT&T. The price is comparable to other flagships at $199 with a new two-year contract. If contracts are not really your type of thing, AT&T Next will make the device cost $25/month for eighteen months. If you choose the twelve month option, the monthly payments are $32.50. Still not happy? The Galaxy S 5 will cost $649 without a contract. AT&T says it should ship in early April.

AT&T will also be offering Samsung’s upcoming wearable devices. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will sell for $299 and $199, respectively. The Gear Fit will also sell for $199. There is an incentive, however, when buying the Galaxy S 5 will one of their smartwatches at AT&T. Purchasing the Galaxy S 5 will take $50 off the price of either the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo.

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Android 4.4.2 update released for Moto X on AT&T

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Motorola today released the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat update for Moto X phones on AT&T. The update includes a few minor updates as well as some minor bug fixes. Google Cloud Print was also added, and users should also experience better battery life. The update will be rolling out over the next couple days, but you can also install it manually by heading to “Settings”, “About Phone” and then “System Updates”.

Source: Motorola

AT&T is merging Aio Wireless with Cricket Wireless, Cricket is the name that stays

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After waiting on the acquisition of Leap Wireless to go through, AT&T has announced Aio Wireless will be merging with Cricket Wireless. Aio, which will be no more, is going to have its name evaporate and identify under the new Cricket brand. For customers of both Aio and Cricket, nothing will change at all. Their plans will remain the same and once Cricket stores start popping up across the country, shopping and customer service can be done there instead of online. As is with any large financial transaction, this one is going to take a little bit of time to complete.

Hit the break for an official introduction from the President of the new Cricket and the full press release. » Read the rest

AT&T CFO thinks that the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is not possible

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AT&T‘s CFO, John Stephens, commented on the recent news that Sprint intends to acquire T-Mobile, and said that he didn’t think that the merger was possible. Stephens mentioned that AT&T has wanted market consolidation in the past, but it didn’t happen. His skepticism towards the merger is possibly because of AT&T’s failed attempt at acquiring T-Mobile in 2011.

Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Softbank, which is the Japanese company that owns Sprint, is much more enthusiastic about the merger, saying that it could ignite a “massive price war” and healthy competition in the U.S. market. Despite this, regulators said in meetings with Softbank and Sprint with the FCC and DOJ that they prefer having the big four companies, even though Verizon and AT&T own 75% of the market. Son mentioned that he thinks the merger would be the only way to challenge the AT&T-Verizon duopoly, and has even raised financing for the merger.

Source: PhoneArena

AT&T’s 4G LTE is making its way to the 2015 Audi A3 with a hefty price

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Driving around and feel like you are missing something? It is 4G LTE connectivity, of course! AT&T and Audi are teaming up to solve this predicament. Starting with the upcoming 2015 Audi A3, the German car manufacturer will bring AT&T’s 4G LTE network right into the vehicle… at a cost.

Audi is offering two separate plans. The first will cost $99 and it covers six months with 5GB. The other, which Audi is calling its “best value,” supplies 30GB across thirty months for a whopping $499. In case shelling out that kind of money made you feel uneasy (because buying an car isn’t), the A3 will come with a free six-month trial. Then you can decide whether or not 4G LTE connectivity in the car is right for you. And if that still was not enough, Audi says that by this summer, the car can be added to AT&T’s Mobile Share plan.

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AT&T 2GB mobile sharing plan to be cut by $15 starting March 9

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AT&T has announced that they will be cutting costs of their 2GB mobile sharing plans by $15 starting tomorrow, March 9. The plan will be cut from $55 per month to $40 per month.

This change will affect both new and existing customers, and cost per device per month will be added to the changes, meaning that most customers will be looking at around $65 per month.

In order to take advantage of the changes, users can call AT&T, use the myAT&T app, or visit an AT&T store.

Source: AT&T