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
Today MetroPCS, a prepaid service offered by T-Mobile, has rolled out a limited-time discounted price for its unlimited 4G LTE plan. Anyone who signs up between now and April 5th can get set up for $50 a month, a $10 savings off the usual price. There's no pre-planned end date, so you can then take advantage of the lower price for quite a while.
For comparison, T-Mobile offers unlimited data on the same network for $80 a month. Unfortunately, the offer isn't open to just anyone with a GSM device. You need a Huawei Vitria, Kyocera Hydro XTRM; LG Optimus F3, F6, F60; Samsung Galaxy Avant, Light, MEGA, S III, S4, S5; or ZTE ZMAX supplied by MetroPCS. Read More
The original Moto X was a breath of fresh air when it debuted in 2013, but Verizon didn't want any part of Motorola's relatively open stance when it came to unlockable bootloaders and customization (as usual). To alleviate this for users who wanted an easy path to root, software backups, and custom ROMs, Motorola offered the Moto X Developer Edition, a full-priced 32GB phone that users could unlock by requesting a code. It debuted at a whopping $650, but today you can grab one for just $199.99.
A single eBay merchant seems to have a stockpile of unsold Moto X Developer Edition phones. Read More
Verizon isn't making many friends when it comes to keeping private information private. Just two days after news broke that Verizon Wireless is collecting and in some cases selling web browsing info, its parent company has been given a black eye for insecure practices associated with the FiOS Internet service. Security researcher Randy Westergren discovered a way to access any FiOS user's Verizon email account by using the mobile API.
The message is, "You really shouldn't be using this app. Or the free email we gave you. At all."
Westergren's discovery and his explanation are highly technical, but what it boils down to is that he could substitute the username (and only the username) of a Verizon FIOS email user in a particular API script in order to access that account. 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
It's easy to forget, but T-Mobile USA is still owned by German firm Deutsche Telekom. In a recent speech given at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, DT CEO Tim Höttges said that T-Mobile's un-carrier promotions won't be enough to keep T-Mobile going. The only long-term solution, apparently, is a merger.
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.
Among postpaid plans, shared data has become par for the course. Your family (or "family") gets a certain allocation of data that everyone is allowed to use. This way instead of everyone getting 2GB of 3G/4G LTE, with a few people hardly touching their allotment and others burning through theirs in a week, the heavy users can have at the otherwise unused data as well.
Now Virgin Mobile is bringing the same treatment to prepaid, no-contract plans. In a deal that's available exclusively at Walmart, the Sprint subsidiary is letting customers sign up for a "Data Done Right" plan for roughly $30 a line. Read More