When I reviewed the First, I realized it was much, much more than just a Facebook experience device. Sure, it's sporting Home out of the box, flashes a Facebook logo during the boot process, and is adorned with that same logo on the back, but it's not just about Facebook. This little diamond in the rough is running stock Android 4.1.2 beneath Facebook Home, so you're quite literally three (or so) taps away from a Nexus-like experience.
AT&T continues to pursue an aggressive 4G LTE rollout strategy, activating towers in Missouri, Texas, and North Carolina over the past couple of days for a total of 16 new markets. It's all part of the carrier's larger plan to reach 250 million Americans with LTE coverage by the end of this year. AT&T's LTE network currently covers almost 200 million.
Here's a list of cities graced with AT&T's fastest this week:
Does anybody remember when Verizon started deploying batches of new LTE markets by the week? Well, it seems that AT&T wants to be in on some of that action. Earlier this month, the second largest carrier launched a string of new sites with the promise of several more to come this summer. As of today, new or expanded coverage came to 20 more locations.
- Phoenix (East Mesa and Sun City)
- Tucson (Oro Valley)
- Mountain Home
- Lake City
- Shreveport / Bossier City
- Gulfport / Biloxi
- New Hampshire
- Manchester (Nashua)
- North Carolina
- Nacogdoches / Lufkin
This comes in addition to a 12 other sites that went live over the last couple of weeks.
AT&T took the lid off a truckload of new LTE markets today. The list encompasses the four corners of the the United States including New York (Binghamton), Washington (Mount Vernon), Florida (Palm Coast, Lakeland-Winter Haven and a bunch of others) and California (Fresno), as well as a bunch of markets in between. Here's the full list:
- Fort Smith, AR
- Martin and St. Lucie counties, FL
- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Palm Coast, FL
- Las Cruces, NM
- Binghamton, NY
- Carbondale, IL
- Jefferson City, MO
- Mount Vernon, WA
- Montgomery, AL
- Fresno, CA
- Temple/Killeen, TX
- Beaumont, TX
- Houma/Thibodaux, LA
All of the new markets should be live today, and may include several smaller surrounding areas so check out the gigantic list of press releases here if you want a bit more information about where you live.
The Kindle Fire HD is, at the moment, the best Android tablet that's not really an Android tablet but is still kind of an Android tablet. The LTE model, while pricier than the others, is handy for those that still need to download on the go. Now, AT&T is going to start selling the connected model for $399.
As a temporary introductory offer, AT&T has a "deal" that allows customers to sign a 2-year contract in exchange for $150 off.
T-Mobile is not playing around today at its "UNcarrier" event. In addition to formally announcing the new, simplified prices with optional equipment repayment plans, and a shiny new LTE network, the company also says that the Galaxy S 4 will be arriving on its airwaves on May 1st, packing the ability to hook into that lovely 4G.
The carrier did not, however, elect to mention the pricing of the device.
Today, at a media event in New York, T-Mobile announced that it's finally ready to join the big-boy world of LTE networks. The initial round of activations match up just about perfectly with the earlier leaks. Major cities include Houston, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and more. The proper 4G network can be used with the new "Uncarrier" plans that just went live a couple days ago.
Here's the full list of launch cities:
T-Mobile customers have been waiting for what seems like ages to get their hands on some sweet, sweet Long Term Evolution data speeds. In five days, the wait is over... assuming you live in one of seven disparate states and cities in the lower forty-eight. According to a leaked document posted by TmoNews (which has an excellent record for this sort of thing) T-Mobile's networks in Houston, TX, Las Vegas NV, Phoenix, AZ, Kansas City, MO, San Jose, CA, Baltimore, MD and Washington DC will activate next Tuesday, March 26th.
MetroPCS, the not-yet-T-Mobile-company, just announced its newest 4G LTE handset this morning, the Huawei Premia 4G. Sounds fancy, no? Don't worry – it's just OK. But for $150, you can't expect it to be a GS4.
And a GS4 it isn't. What is it, though, is a decent mid-ranger with some specs that should live up to its buck-fiddy price tag:
- 4-inch 480x800 display with Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
- Android 4.0
Nothing super special about this one, but if you're looking for a decent mid-ranger and LTE without a contract, this may be a good way to go.
We know that at least a few of you have been eagerly waiting for Samsung to release its stylus-packing Galaxy Note 10.1 in a more wireless flavor here in the States. Starting on Thursday, March 7th, you'll get your surprisingly specific wish: Verizon will start selling the tablet online and in stores for $599.99. For six Benjamins, you'll get the pleasure of the Note's S-pen function and related TouchWiz apps, plus the honor of promoting Big Red through what is quite possibly the most gaudy, ostentatious carrier branding in the history of mobile electronics.