AT&T reports data breach targeting unlock codes for phones

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AT&T has reported a data breach that occurred between April 9th and April 21st by three employees of a third-party vendor working with AT&T. According to the report, the vendor’s employees had access to a wide swath of users’ personal information including call record, social security numbers, and possibly financial data like credit card numbers. However, none of that information was the target of the hackers. Instead, the employees were trying to secure unlock codes to be used to unlock AT&T phones. AT&T’s report of the breach came out in a filing with the state of California, where breaches involving at least 500 customers must be reported.
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Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S 5 finally get root method

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Verizon and AT&T did an excellent job of locking down their version of the Galaxy S 5, preventing any type of root exploit on the device for several months after release. Tons of people put up money for a bounty to get their Galaxy S 5 unlocked, topping out at around $18,000, and today developer Geohot from XDA gets to claim that bounty.

Geohot, known for tons of jailbreak exploits on Apple devices and the PS3, found a vulnerability in the Linux kernel that Android is based on to achieve root access on the GS 5. As a side effect to that exploit, the root method should work on most newer Android devices, including the previously unrootable Galaxy Note 3 and plenty of other devices.

If you’ve got a Galaxy S 5 (or other device you need to root) hit the link to test out the Towelroot app. Let us know how it goes in the comments.

source: XDA Developers

AT&T will offer 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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AT&T has announced that they will be offering a Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S. Like other carrier tablets, this version will be able to access AT&T’s 4G LTE network, just like any smartphone. They didn’t indicate when the tablet would be available or what it would cost, but we’ll keep you updated with any new info.

Anybody planning on picking one of these tablets up?

source: AT&T

Google Glass coming to AT&T stores

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Google Glass purchases were recently opened up to anyone in the U.S., but the big question has always been…When will it actually be available at the retail level? Well that day might be coming real soon, and AT&T is likely to one such place that you will be able to go and grab one. Unfortunately no other retailers were mentioned, but what we do know is that AT&T will be “one of the first locations,” which implies that they won’t be the only place. However, they could get exclusivity for a limited time.


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AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan

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AT&T’s pre-paid plan, GoPhone, will expand its offering to a bunch of new tablets. So if you’ve got one of the below tablets (or are planning on purchasing one) then you can buy data time on the GoPhone service monthly. Hit the break for the full list of compatible tablets.

Once you have the tablet you’ll also have to buy a GoPhone SIM Kit card for $9.99. Then you can pre-pay for your tablet’s data plan on AT&T. The plans are as follows:

1. 250MB for $15/month – 100MB of additional data costs $10 each
2. 3GB for $30/month – 500MB of additional data costs $10 each
3. 5GB  for $50/month – 1GB of additional data costs $10 each


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AT&T offering $50 of Google Play credit after purchasing new phone or tablet with new contract

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Well folks, the title says it all.

AT&T will be giving away $50 of Google Play credit to customers who purchase a new phone or tablet (with a new 2 year contract) from now until June 17.

After you purchase a new device, you’ll have to redeem a code. From that point, the code will expire on May 15, 2015. You’ll have to have (or create) a Google Wallet account before you redeem the code, though. The cool thing about the deal is that you can purchase up to 10 new devices and you’ll get the $50 credit on all of them, so you can buy new phones for the whole family.

It is an online only deal though, so make sure you don’t make your orders through the store if you want to take advantage of the deal.

Source: AT&T

AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to its lineup

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Lately, carriers have been very much more open to having a wide tablet lineup. AT&T is the latest carrier to announce some new additions, both of which are coming from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are the two tablets heading to AT&T. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will cost $379.99 with a new two-year contract through AT&T, but their Next program will change that to $24 per month. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, on the other hand, is much more costly any way you look at it. With the Next program, this tablet is $45 per month and $799.99 if you forgo that and sign a contract.

AT&T is running some deals to coincide with the arrival of both tablets. Purchasing the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will take $30 off the price of Samsung’s Bluetooth keyboard, something that you essentially need. This deal closes all the way in mid-September. And starting on June 6, purchasing either tablet with the Galaxy S 5 or AT&T’s new Galaxy S 5 Active will save $50 as a bundle. This offer ends on July 24.

Hit the break for a pair of introduction videos.
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AT&T officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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The Galaxy S 5 Active is finally here. The very durable handset from Samsung is available first on AT&T. If Titanium Gray isn’t really your color, you can choose from Camo Green and Ruby Red. Like the flagship Galaxy S 5, the GS5 Active has a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p resolution. Inside is once again Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz.

Since everything is pretty much the same, what’s the difference here? The Galaxy S 5 Active has shock resistance in addition to the water and dust resistance that the Galaxy S 5 has. Samsung has thrown in a convenience key on the side of the device that, upon pressing it, launches applications that will be useful for the outdoors.

The on-contract price with AT&T is $199 and the carrier also has it available through the Next program for as little as $27.50 per month. Forgoing a two-year contract? Pay $714.99, please.

Hit the break for a gallery of the colors, an introductory video, and the full press release.

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Set of Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active (AT&T) images leak

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We have already seen a leaked press render, but now we are seeing some live photographs of the Galaxy S 5 Active for AT&T. With this leak, we see the front and back of the handset. We also see the home screen, lock screen, boot animation, and the removable back panel exposing the battery. On the software front, there seem to have been no changes made. Hardware, though, has been altered for additional durability. After all, this is the Active version of the Galaxy S 5.

Hit the break for the full gallery.
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