As if you hadn't guessed already, all five major United States wireless carriers have confirmed that they will indeed offer Samsung's new flagship phones later this year. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular have all posted pages that say they'll be selling both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, though details on exact launch dates, prices, and capacities are predictably hard to find. No matter what your preferred carrier, you'll have an option when the phones come out. Read More
If you want insurance for your device on AT&T and you bought the phone or tablet over a month ago, you're normally in trouble. For a limited time, though, you can get their insurance regardless of the date you bought the device. Until March 31, AT&T is allowing open enrollment on any of their three insurance plans:
The most expensive tier, which was introduced last summer, can cover tablets and laptops that have no relationship with AT&T so long as there is at least one device that is tied to the carrier on the plan. Read More
It takes a while to fit the latest version of Android on a device, get it carrier certified, and push it out to users. I get that. But for whatever reason, AT&T's version of the 2014 Moto X got lost in the shuffle. While the pure edition of the flagship phone received Lollipop back in November, with Verizon following shortly thereafter, AT&T's version is apparently only just now going out over the air. Read More
The Galaxy S6 is going to be a big deal for Samsung after the lackluster performance of the Galaxy S5. Samsung itself has been posting teasers all over the place, but the images posted on AT&T and T-Mobile's sites could be the best look of the unannounced device yet.
After several weeks of rumors, Google has announced their partnership with Softcard. The purpose of this venture is to combine forces with Google Wallet, which has been around since 2011 but never enjoyed wide usage. With Apple Pay having recently entered the fray, Google apparently felt the time is now to get their service back on the map. Buying their competitor Softcard's technology, though, is just the beginning.
In addition to gaining Softcard's back end, Google Wallet will soon be preloaded on all phones sold by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the United States. Read More
AT&T is making a bold move for the Mexico market, buying the country's third and fifth largest carriers earlier this year. With these acquisitions, the carrier enhanced its World Connect Value plans with unlimited calling to Mexico. Now it will soon bring the capability to its $60 GoPhone plan.
AT&T is bumping its $45 GoPhone offering up from 1GB to 1.5GB a month and the larger $60 plan from 2.5GB to 4GB. Only the latter will support unlimited calling to Mexico, but the former does still come with unlimited texting to our southern neighbor. Changes will take effect on February 20th. Read More
Far be it from us to question the actions of a multi-billion dollar corporation... no, wait, questioning the actions of corporations is exactly what we're supposed to be doing. Let's try this again: hey AT&T, what gives? Today the carrier is introducing a new tier to its data pricing, giving it a grand total of eleven options in its Mobile Share Value plan segment. $75 gets you 7GB of data, with the new rollover feature enabled.
AT&T's current collection of data tiers. The $75/7GB option will be available Sunday.
There's nothing odd about that in and of itself, but AT&T's plans have become strangely specific over the last few months. Read More
AT&T G3 owners are getting the update they've been looking for today, as Android 5.0.1 finally has begun rolling out for the device. The new software version is D85020f, with an Android build number of LRX21Y (dated October 21, 2014).
The OTA should come down in the form of a 689MB package, which will take you approximately an eon to download from AT&T's decrepitly slow update server. Once you have it, the 5-minute or so install process will complete, and presto amazo: you've got Lollipop. What's new? Well, a lot - LG's revamped its notification shade and lock screen to be a bit more in line with Android's current layout on Nexus devices (though it's still not exactly what I'd call similar), and of course you'll notice the new software navigation button icons. Read More
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