On the off chance you were looking for another reason to be annoyed at the big US carriers, you may have found it. According to Fierce Wireless, AT&T isn't the only carrier that opted to remove Download Booster from the new Samsung Galaxy S5 – both Verizon and Sprint have yanked Samsung's LTE-WiFi merging feature. That would make T-Mobile the only US national carrier that supports it. Update: We've been tipped that the US Cellular Galaxy S5 will have Download Booster as well.
I think we can all agree that AT&T's $300 on-contract price for the LG G Flex is unacceptable. Sprint's $250 asking price is also too high, though not as obscene. If you're looking for a curved phone, you can get the G Flex for a mere $99.99 on-contract with either carrier through Amazon.
Our long national nightmare is over – AT&T has finally started pushing the KitKat update to Galaxy Note 3 owners. After updating, you'll see a new system UI, improved GPS, and an improved camera experience. It's all just a download away.
Well, that didn't take long. After getting word yesterday that the update was ready, Ma Bell has started rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the HTC One Mini. Along with 4.4.2, the update includes HTC Sense 5.5 with all the OEM-specific tweaks you'd expect.
Rather impressively, the HTC One M8 is now available online in the US from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. Pricing doesn't deviate too much among them, but there is enough variance to make it worth shopping around for anyone who isn't already tied down.
Verizon is making the best offer here. Price wise, the carrier will let go of the M8 for $199.99 with a two-year agreement, $25.22 a month with Verizon Edge, and $599.99 without a contract (which, by the way, is $100 less than the Google Play Edition and the lowest contract-free price of the three carriers). What makes the carrier more compelling is its buy-one-get-one-free deal, which applies to people activating a new line of service. Read More
Update: The OTA is now live (thanks, Michael Tomy)!
Good grief, AT&T, you're not usually so far behind the pack. I imagine your Moto X customers, who've had to wait behind their counterparts at Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile/unlocked carriers for the update to the slightly newer version of KitKat, aren't pleased. But if an updated Motorola support page is any indication, it looks like the Android 4.4.2 over-the-air update may be coming very soon.
AT&T issued a soak test, a sort of beta test for new phone firmware, yesterday. Between that and the new publicly-posted support page on Motorola's website, we could see the software update begin at just about any time. Read More
The big day has finally arrived – you can lay down some hard-earned cash on Samsung's latest and greatest. AT&T is asking $199.99 for the Galaxy S5 in either white or black, with shipping currently slated for April 8th. You can expect the device to show up on or around the April 11th release date.
The first two US carriers to tell you when they'll take your Galaxy S5 money are AT&T and US Cellular. Both carriers have announced the start of GS5 pre-orders on March 21st. The Galaxy S5 will cost $199 on-contract with either carrier and $649 without (only listed by AT&T).
The big news in the wireless business this week has been AT&T's upcoming purchase of Leap Wireless, which the FCC approved yesterday. The deal has been in the works since July of last year. That leaves AT&T in an interesting spot, since it now owns the CDMA-based Cricket Wireless, which directly competes with the budget-focused Aio sub-brand. Apparently AT&T prefers the more established brand, because the company said it will combine the assets of both under the "Cricket" name.
Fierce Wireless reported that AT&T announced plans to combine the brands as part of the FCC filing back in October. Read More
Competition is a wonderful thing. As the market continues to react to a push for lower prices from T-Mobile and other cellular service companies, customers are getting more and more economical options. AT&T's latest reactionary price change to its Mobile Share Value plans drops the base price by $15 for single-user plans and family plans with up to two smartphones. That makes the price $65 a month and $90 a month for one and two people, respectively.
The price breakdown goes like this: the base price for one phone with unlimited talk and text is $40. Add in 2GB of data for $25 (which was previously $40) and it comes to $65. Read More