As always, the closer we get to the holidays, the more deals we see. It's anything but uncommon to see one-day super deals pop up just before Christmas, and today Best Buy is offering the Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon variants of the 16GB Galaxy S III for just $50 and 32GB for $99 (Verizon only) with a two-year agreement. T-Mo customers are stuck paying a bit more, with the 16GB handset coming in at $80 and 32GB variant for $130.
Samsung, continuing its habit of timely code releases, today let fly open source kernel files for a handful of devices including Verizon's newly announced Galaxy Camera (EK-GC120), AT&T's Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean update (SGH-I747), and last but not least, AT&T's Galaxy Tab 8.9 Ice Cream Sandwich release (SGH-I957).
If you've been waiting to get your hands on a fresh batch of kernel source for these devices to tweak, develop, or ogle, now's your chance.
In its constant effort to catch up with Verizon's ever-expanding 4G LTE network, AT&T has just announced a handful of new LTE markets, as well as expansion in two:
- Hattiesburg, MS
- Reno, NV
- Allentown, PA
- Pullman, WA
- Starksville, MS
- Moscow, ID
- Expansions: Richmond, VA, Little Rock, AR
And earlier this week:
All these markets should be live as of today, bringing all the low-latency, super-fast LTE you can eat.
Want a chance to win a brand-new Galaxy S III from AT&T and Android Police? Today, you can! As part of the 'It Can Wait' campaign, we're giving away a red AT&T Galaxy S III complete with an anti-texting and driving accessory pack.
It Can Wait
Texting and driving is bad. You shouldn't do it. AT&T agrees, and to date, they've managed to get over a million people to sign a pledge promising not to text and drive.
It's been a long time coming, hasn't it owners of AT&T Galaxy Tab 8.9's (SGH-i957)? All other variants of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 have been sporting Ice Cream Sandwich for weeks - even months in some situations. And it's finally your turn. I'm genuinely happy for you. Seriously. I am. You waited it out, and you deserve this.
But here's the thing: the update isn't coming OTA. Instead, you'll have to pull this one through Samsung's proprietary Kies application.
Before you get too excited, let's start with the disclaimers. For starters, while yes, some users over on XDA managed to get LTE service working in very select AT&T markets, this probably won't work in your area. Also, this is not the intended use of your phone, so if you're not comfortable screwing with radios on your phone, you should probably skip the whole freaking out thing.
So, here's how it goes.
Sprint and T-Mobile might have beaten the big boys to the punch, but now it's AT&T's turn to get its Galaxy S III updated to (almost) the latest and greatest version of Android. The 4.1.1 update has started showing up for users of the AT&T Galaxy S III (that's the SGH-i747) in the Samsung Kies update and sync software.
Update 12/4/2012: AT&T just announced the update, and it looks like it will indeed be coming only via Kies.
Despite having been out for roughly six months, the HTC One X is still one of the best smartphones you can buy on AT&T. The design and build quality are both fantastic, Sense is tolerable, and it works on AT&T's blazing fast LTE network.
If you walk into an AT&T store right now to buy this phone, you'll be leaving $100 lighter. If, however, you want to grab this phone without spending more than a penny, Amazon Wireless can make that happen.
If you're looking to save a hundred bucks or so on the powerhouse Optimus G from LG on either AT&T or Sprint, Amazon Wireless is the place to be. The company just dropped the price of the device for both carriers down to $99, which is a fairly substantial savings for such a high-end device, especially compared to the $199 that both Sprint and AT&T are asking.
For those who may not be aware, the Optimus G has the same hardware guts as the Nexus 4:
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core at 1.5GHz
- GPU: Adreno 320
- Network Compatibility: AT&T: GSM quad-band with LTE, Sprint: CDMA with LTE
- Operating System: Android 4.0.4 with Optimus UI 3.0
- Display: 4.7" TrueHD IPS+ 768x1280 (320DPI, 15:9)
- Memory: 2GB RAM / 16/32GB storage (depends on model)
- Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8/13MP rear (depends on model)
- Battery: 2100mAh, non-removable
- NFC: Yes
- Ports / Expandable Storage: microUSB / microSD (AT&T model only)
- Thickness: 8.45mm
- Weight: 145g
As noted above, the big difference between the two is in the area of storage: the AT&T model comes equipped with 16GB on-board, as well as a 16GB microSD card; whereas the Sprint version has 32GB with no microSD card slot.
Do you have a hankering for a big phone? Before you answer, know that I'm talking about a massive mobile phone with a stylus here. Well, there's a big phone deal going on if you're willing to hitch your wagon to AT&T for two years. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is on sale for just $249.99.
The Note II is selling for $300 or more on other carriers, and AT&T itself is still asking $300 from the unwashed masses.