If you've ever gone to a foreign country with a carrier-branded phone, or tried to use that phone on a different operator in the US, you've probably encountered the problem many have: it's locked. While most carriers did honor unlock requests in the past, or sell their handsets unlocked (like Verizon, mostly), there was no universal policy on the practice in America. As of February 11th, that's changing - the CTIA (basically, the wireless industry's special interest group) is laying out a set of phone unlocking (that is, SIM/network unlocking) principles that AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular will abide by in the wake of the congressional un-banning of phone unlocking. Read More
Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced today that he will reclassify broadband internet providers as Title II utilities under the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The proclamation, written for Wired, dances back and forth between his specific plans and lots of bluster for a public that is hungry for more ISP regulation. One rather surprising note is that mobile broadband will also be included in this move, which was not nearly as expected or precedented.
What is this all about?
After a lawsuit filed by Verizon a year ago, a federal court ruled that the FCC did not have legal standing to enforce their net neutrality rules. Read More
This deal isn't for everyone, but if it is for you, it's a really good one. The device in question is a carrier locked AT&T LG G3 in either of its color schemes and 32 GB of storage. No matter how you choose to buy it - without a contract, on-contract, or via the Next program - you'll get a $100 Amazon gift card after your purchase.
What's the catch? Well, there aren't too many, beyond the fact you basically need to use AT&T. If that's what you were looking for in the first place, you've found yourself a great deal. Read More
If you have an AT&T Galaxy S5, you should be getting an OTA notification shortly for a nearly-500MB update, which includes exciting new features like not Lollipop. The software brings an upgrade to Android 4.4.4 (from 4.4.2), AT&T voice over LTE (AKA HD Voice), and some new bloatware that AT&T would like you to please use.
Here's the full changelog.
AT&T released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 5 (SM-G900A) on February 3, 2015. The update is available to customers to download via Firmware Over The Air (FOTA). Wi-Fi is required for the update and the file size is 487MB.
In what is apparently part of a bold push to take over the Mexican market, AT&T has announced their second carrier acquisition in Mexico in the past week. Just days ago, AT&T bought Iusacell, the third-largest cell provider in the country. Today, they are announcing the purchase of Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion USD. Nextel is Mexico's fifth-largest carrier.
Among the goals of the transaction is "to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States," AT&T said in a press release. More than just an enhancement of their United States operations, they added that they hope to bring better service and competition to Mexico. Read More
Update: Here's a screenshot, courtesy of an Android Police reader.
As it turns out, the Android 4.4.4 update for the AT&T HTC One M8 that we covered over a week ago never actually rolled out to devices. The company pulled its page down, which suggests that it went up sooner than anticipated. HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi took to Twitter over the weekend to announce that the OTA was actually due out this week, and that it would include both VoLTE support and the HTC Eye Experience software enhancements.
Update: Plenty of readers are saying that they've received 5.0.1 with AT&T SIM cards. The decision to publish this post was made after my testing and another AP team member saying that he had yet to receive 5.0.1 on his device as well. It's possible that the rollout to devices with AT&T SIMs is just moving at a much slower pace than for ones with other SIMs, but regardless, there is still something unique going on with AT&T. - Shawn
Update 2: AT&T announced the 5.0.1 update on January 6, while other carriers were announcing it around the middle of December. Read More
The Galaxy Alpha is a slick piece of hardware. While the bulk of the phone remains plastic, Samsung decided to surround this handset with a metal frame, giving it a more premium look and feel than the flagship that came before it, the Galaxy S5. Now AT&T is gracing the phone with a minor over-the-air update that provides unnamed "user experience enhancements." The OTA will leave the device running software version G850AUCU1ANL1.
The update is only 17MB in size, so presumably the changes being made are relatively small. After everything is done, your phone will be still be left running Android 4.4.4. Read More
AT&T customers with a regular need to dial numbers in Mexico are about to save some money. The wireless carrier announced today unlimited calling to our southern neighbor, available to anyone who adds the World Connect Value package to their postpaid plan. Folks who already have the $5 add-on will receive the benefit automatically.
This announcement comes after AT&T finished its $2.5 billion acquisition of lusacell, Mexico's third largest wireless provider, last week. Now the company is ready to capitalize on its investment, giving customers in America the ability to dial out to any fixed or mobile line in Mexico, the country its users call most frequently. Read More
The HTC One M8 on AT&T is getting an update starting today, and it makes a few significant changes. What it doesn't do is bring Lollipop to the device—it's 4.4.4. The wait for Lollipop shall continue, I'm afraid.