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AT&T invests more than $20 Million to help aid students and teachers

Posted by wicked September - 5 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

AT&T_Logo_01_TAAT&T’s Aspire program is designed to bring students and teachers over $20 Million in benefits across 25 different states.

AT&T hopes the program will teach students how to be more productive with mobile learning. Teachers will be able to share content with their students easier and hassle free. Its new ‘Text to help’ will give answers to questions students may have, when applying to different colleges and universities. The program will also give students hands-on time with people in career fields they might be interested in. This will all be run by a new online platform designed specifically for students and faculty. AT&T is strongly committed to creating a better tomorrow. Here are all the details on AT&T’s new program.

AT&T Kicks Off School Year with More Than $20 Million Investment in Students and Teachers

Funding to Support Education organizations in California

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T is kick starting the 2015-2016 school year with $20 million in contributions to education organizations through its AT&T Aspire program. Students and teachers in California, and more than 25 other states, will benefit. This back to school investment is just one of the ways that AT&T is using the power of its network to build a better tomorrow.

“As students head back to school, we want to make sure we’re doing our part to help them succeed,” said Nicole Anderson, Executive Director of Philanthropy, AT&T Services, Inc. “We’re collaborating with organizations that help students of all ages access mobile learning, mentors and the skills they need to hit the ground running beginning this fall and well into their futures.”

Nationwide, AT&T is supporting innovative organizations that are helping students by:

  • Mobilizing Learning: Enables students to learn wherever they are – at school, at home or anywhere in between. AT&T is supporting organizations that use mobile technology to provide new educational content and academic support. These organizations include Curriki, where teachers can create and share content, and the Get Schooled “Text to Help” program that helps answer students’ questions about applying to and paying for college.
  • Powering Career Skills: AT&T is also funding organizations that help students find future careers and get hands-on work experience. Some of these organizations include Roadtrip Nation, Jobs for America’s Graduates and Urban Alliance. Programs and Black Girls CODE help students develop computer science and coding skills.
  • Making Connections: AT&T is also connecting mentors with students through secure online platforms working with organizations like We Teach Science and iCouldBe. In addition, organizations like Communities In Schools and Junior Achievement will provide face to face mentoring opportunities.

Through AT&T Aspire, AT&T drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. By investing in new tools and solutions that leverage our unique technologies and capabilities, AT&T helps personalize and mobilize learning for students of all ages and backgrounds.

About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2014, nearly $127 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions of people and businesses around the globe stay connected through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. We’re helping people mobilize their worlds with state-of-the-art communications, entertainment services and amazing innovations like connected cars and devices for homes, offices and points in between. Our U.S. wireless network offers customers the nation’s strongest LTE signal and the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best global wireless coverage. We’re improving how our customers stay entertained and informed with AT&T U-verse® TV and High Speed Internet services. And businesses worldwide are serving their customers better with AT&T’s mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

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Reliability and signal strength claims based on nationwide carriers’ LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. LTE signal strength. LTE not available everywhere. Global coverage claim based on offering voice and data roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offering the most wireless smartphones and tablets that work in the most countries.


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LG G Pad X 10.1 with DIRECTV available from AT&T this Friday, September 4

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

AT&T has just announced that the LG G Pad X 10.1 will be available starting Friday, September 4 online and in stores a week later. This new Android tablet from LG is ideal for big-screen viewing which you can enjoy using the DirectTV app for only $17.50 every month within 20 months under the AT&T Tablet Installment Plan3.

The LG G Pad X 10.1′s full retail price is $249.99 but still with a 2-year contract. If you already have a Mobile Share Value Plan, you can pay $10/month as an additional fee. Tablet looks really classy and stylish in Brilliant Bronze and its slim form. The rounded metallic design makes it a robust device for media viewing and productivity so you can finish tasks for school or work.

Specs include a 10.1-inch full HD widescreen display, vivid colors, 8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera for taking selfies and video calls, Gesture Shot control, 2.26 GHz Quad Core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, microSD card slot for memory expansion, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 7400mAh battery.

As for the special features, the LG Android tablet has Dual Window split screen so you can view two apps at the same time on one screen. This makes multitasking possible and a lot easier. There’s also the QPair feature that lets the user receive and respond to messages, answer calls, or check social network accounts even when phone is on the other side of the room. The tablet also features an optimized Reader Mode for a better e-reading all the time and reduced eye strain. The tablet already runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. The DIRECTV app is also installed so you can start enjoying your favorite shows on the app.


AT&T now rolling out Stagefright patch for the LG G4

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Hot on the heels of T-Mobile, AT&T has now started rolling out a software update to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G4 located in the United States. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring any new features to the handset, but it does transport a patch for the open-source operating system’s Stagefright vulnerability.

As is the norm, the update is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the upgrade manually. To do so, open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”.

Source: LG

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AT&T rolling out Stagefright patch for LG G4

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Still worried about the Stagefright vulnerability that could grant attackers control over your device with a simple MMS message? This issue left 95% of all Android users susceptible to attacks, but carriers and manufacturers have been quick to patch it up. It’s taking some companies more time than others, though.

Life is finally good again fore LG G4 users on AT&T. The carrier has started pushing out the Stagefright patch, taking many of you back to digital safety. It comes in the form of an OTA software update and seems to feature no other extra improvements.

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All you need is enough battery life to go through the process and a stable WiFi connection for downloading the data. Got that set up? Simply wait for the upgrade notification to show up. You can also go ahead and check for updates in the settings, just in case the device is taking a little longer than it should. Do keep in mind these updates tend to roll out periodically, though, so try not to smash your screen.

Once all is said and done, you should be left with Android 5.1 Lollipop on software version H81010l. The file is 46.7 MB, so make sure you have enough space too. Enjoy your peace of mind!

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular Confirm Plans to Carry Gear S2

Posted by Kellex August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Where can you buy the Gear S2 from Samsung? So far, most major US wireless carriers have confirmed plans to carry it. No one gave us pricing or a date of availability, but Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular all said it’ll be in their lineups. 

T-Mobile said that for $5, you will be able to add the Gear S2 3G to your plan and get unlimited talk/text, 500MB of high-speed data, and unlimited music streaming. AT&T only confirmed that it will carry the Gear S2. Verizon said it will make both Bluetooth and 3G models available. US Cellular added “this Fall” to their launch plans.

My guess is that Sprint will join the other wireless carriers, but that electronics spots like Best Buy will sell it as well. As we know more, we will update this post.

Be sure to check out the full Gear S2 specs if you haven’t already.

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LG G Pad X 10.1 heads to AT&T this week

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


This Friday, AT&T will be adding another tablet to its deep lineup of devices. The LG G Pad X 10.1 will be available to customers online on September 4 before reaching retail stores a week later.

Key specifications:

  • 10.1 inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
  • Quad-core processor clocked at 2.26GHz
  • 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  • 7400mAh battery

Corporate synergy is in effect with the G Pad X 10.1 as the DirecTV app is pre-installed. The app offers quick access to DirecTV’s programming guide and streaming catalog. AT&T’s acquisition of the TV provider closed in July, likely meaning that many devices to come will also have the DirecTV app pre-installed.

While the two-year contract price is $249, AT&T lowers the cost to $17.50 per month for twenty months through its installment plan.

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Source: AT&T

AT&T To Offer Customers LG G Pad X 10.1 With DIRECTV App Included Starting September 4


DALLAS, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The new LG G Pad X™ 10.1 offers high performance and big-screen viewing with the new DIRECTV app already installed. AT&T2 will begin selling the tablet online at on Sept. 4 and in its retail stores nationwide on Sept. 11.  

The LG G Pad X 10.1 is available in Brilliant Bronze for $17.50 per month for 20 months with an AT&T Tablet Installment Plan3. You can add the tablet to a new or existing Mobile Share Value Plan for an additional $10 per month access charge.4 You can also buy the device for $249.99 with a two-year agreement.5

Device Features
The LG G Pad X 10.1’s slim, rounded metallic design delivers a large viewing area that is compact and comfortable. You can be productive and enjoy amazing browsing or entertainment experiences with the tablet’s 10.1-inch full HD widescreen display. The display offers you true colors, sharp text and clear images in a lightweight, portable design.

The Dual Window split screen allows side-by-side viewing of two compatible apps, offering a convenient option for multitasking. By pairing an existing Android smartphone to the new LG G Pad X 10.1, the QPair feature6 lets you answer calls, receive and reply to text messages and stay on top of social networks even when your phone is across the room. Enjoy improjeved e-Reading through Reader Mode, a solution that helps reduce eye strain by dampening the screen intensity often associated with LCD tablets.

Additional key features include:

  • DIRECTV®: The DIRECTV Everywhere app turns your tablet into an entertainment powerhouse. DIRECTV customers can watch live TV, the hottest shows and movies on demand and view your DVR playlist.7 Set your DVR from almost anywhere, discover new shows, and control your TV and more.8
  • Cameras: 8MP auto-focus rear camera. A simple hand gesture with the Gesture Shot feature of the 2MP front camera will activate a three-second timer countdown letting you capture perfect selfies.
  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1
  • Processor: The powerful 2.26 GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB of RAM delivers smooth videos, gaming and content streaming.
  • Storage: A 7400mAh battery gives long-lasting performance. 32GB9 of storage on-board, expandable by up to 128GB with available microSD card (card sold separately).

Supporting Quote
“As one of the first tablets to offer the DIRECTV app already installed, the LG G Pad X 10.1 is a game-changer for entertainment,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T. “With the G Pad X 10.1 you can walk out of an AT&T store watching your favorite shows on DIRECTV, before the service is even installed in your home. Combining this with a high speed processor, Full HD screen, and the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, the G Pad X 10.1 is a comprehensive mobile entertainment system at an affordable price.”

Device Eco-rating
The LG G Pad X 10.1 earned three out of five stars on AT&T’s Eco-Rating 2.0 system. The 2.0 system rates the social and environmental factors of AT&T branded handset devices and tablets. AT&T created the Eco-Rating 2.0 system to empower consumers to make better informed decisions when selecting a device. For more information about this device’s rating, AT&T’s Eco-Rating 2.0 System, and how you can join AT&T in making a difference, please visit

Supporting Resources

1Reliability based on nationwide 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
2AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
3Req’s well-qualified credit & 20-month 0% APR installment agmt. Eligible data plan is required & is extra. Deposit may apply. Tax due at sale. If wireless svc is cancelled, device balance due. Fees, other charges & restr’s apply.
4Mobile Share Value plan min of $20/mo for 300 MB plan charge plus $10/per month tablet access charge. Other devices have add’l access charge ($10 to $40/mo). Fees, other monthly charges, overage, & restr’s apply.  See for plan details.
5Monthly wireless service (voice & data) required. Early termination fee (up to $150) & other fees, charges & restrictions apply.  

6Requires smartphones with Android 4.1 and above. Bluetooth required.
7Subscription required. Limited programming available. Functionality varies by compatible device and location. Only select networks corresponding to your package selection are available for live streaming and may vary by location and device. Additional charges may apply. All functions and programming subject to change at any time. Visit for complete details. Android is a trademark of Google. Functionality varies by compatible device. Only select networks corresponding to your package selection are available for live streaming. Additional charges may apply. Other conditions apply. Visit for a list of compatible devices (sold separately), equipment requirements and complete details. GenieGo and HD DVR required. Remote viewing only available on certain devices from certain providers. Additional data charges may apply. Other restrictions apply. Visit for a list of compatible devices, equipment requirements and more information.
8Not all channels available. Standard programming fees apply. In-home live-streaming feature requires home-based Wi-Fi and connected HD DVR. Out-of home viewing requires high-speed internet connection. Content varies by device, TV plan and viewing location. Data charges may apply.
9Portion of memory occupied by existing content.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. In the U.S., our wireless network offers the nation’s strongest LTE signal and the most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best global wireless coverage*. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and secure cloud solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at

© 2015 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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*Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

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Ditch carrier contracts with these smartphones

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Carriers are expensive, and they’re only getting worse. Two-year contracts are on their way out in favor of device payment plans, thanks to revolutionary initiatives from T-Mobile. These payment plans, however, are essentially the same thing as the two-year contract options, only more expensive.

It looks cheaper on surface level, but carriers are making up for those lower prices through additional charges, upgrade fees, and so on. That begs the question: how can you ditch your carrier and save thousands of dollars on your phone bill?

It’s common knowledge that we’re paying out thousands of dollars for our smartphones over the course of a two-year contract, but, unfortunately, it’s hard to break way from that since many off-contract phones just don’t offer a premium package similar to that of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or LG G4.

While that may be true, there’re now some devices out there that do offer that same premium quality.

Google Nexus 6


Google’s Nexus 6 features a 6-inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 805 chipset, a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and it comes in 32/64GB storage sizes. As with all Nexus devices, it’s running the latest version of Android Lollipop, and will receive quick and timely updates.

Starting at $499, it’s a steep price, but that’s the only price you’ll be paying for this premium package. No contracts, no device fees, and so on. It’s 100% yours and you can take it to any of the big four carriers in the United States to find yourself the cheapest data package.

Nexus 6

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3


Alcatel OneTouch’s Idol 3 features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 615 chipset, a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and it comes in 16/32GB storage options with microSD support up to 128GB.

As far as performance goes, it’s definitely up there with the Google Nexus 6, especially with how clean Alcatel OneTouch left the software on this device. It’s also significantly cheaper at $249 while still offering a premium package.

Be sure to check out our review here.


Motorola Moto G


The Motorola Moto G (2015) features a 5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS LCD display, has a Snapdragon 410 chipset, a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and comes in two options: 8GB of storage with 1GB of RAM or 16GB of storage with 2GB of RAM. The device also supports microSD cards up to 128GB.

Prices start at a meager $179.99 for this mid-range unlocked device, and while it may not have the sheer processing power of a higher-end phone, do you really need all that power for your basic smartphone tasks?

Be sure to check out our review here.


Making the leap

Making the leap to the off-contract life can be difficult, especially if you’re in the process of a two-year contract or device payment plan. Early termination fees or paying off the remainder of your balance can be expensive all in one chunk, especially if you want to purchase a new, unlocked smartphone immediately after.

You have two options: wait your contract out or bite the bullet and pay that lump sum. In doing the latter, you’ll save a lot of money on all sorts of fees, interest, and so on, but you won’t notice the affects of this saving for a few months down the road.

If contracts or device payment plans aren’t an issue for you, the obvious first step is to pick out and buy a smartphone.

Setting up your new smartphone


Setting up an unlocked device is extremely easy. In most cases, if you have a SIM card already, you can just pop your old one into your new smartphone, given that it’s the same size. On AT&T, I swapped the SIM out of my LG G3 and put it in the Idol 3–it worked right away, no setup involved.

If you don’t have the correct size SIM card, it’s as simple as heading to your chosen carrier’s website and ordering one of the correct size.

It may be a bit trickier to get it to work on a CDMA carrier like Verizon, however, the company has recently made it an easier process. Unfortunately, you still have to be cautious when bringing your own device to Verizon, as many phones don’t have all the necessary CDMA and LTE radios to work properly with the carrier. The same goes for Sprint.


The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that the average household spends $1226 annually on smartphone plans, and that’s no doubt increased in the past three years. I personally spend around $350/mo on my smartphone plan with AT&T, and by going off-contract, you could be spending as little as $30 per line, no matter what carrier you choose.

Prices do vary depending on how much data you need, but it still ends up being cheaper than a contract or device payment plan, as most prepaid plans for smartphones are without all of the added fees.

While it doesn’t look like much, over the next few years you could see thousands of dollars in savings. And for many of us, that couple thousand could go to things much more important.

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AT&T to begin selling the Galaxy Tab S2 on September 4th

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

galaxy tab s2 black angleIf you’re eager to pick up Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 with LTE connectivity, you’ll be able to order one through AT&T starting September 4th. Like all other carrier enabled tablets, hardware will be identical to the WiFi-only model, but it will be able to be activated on a carrier’s network as well.

The Tab S2 will be available on AT&T’s tablet installment plan for $30 a month, or $499 with a two-year contract. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 sports a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Exynos processor, and 32 GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot. It’s shaping up to be one of the best tablets Samsung has ever made, once it’s made widely available.

source: AT&T

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Stagefright patches now rolling out to the AT&T HTC One M9 and One M8

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Many smartphone manufacturers have been working hard to push out patches for the Stagefright vulnerability to their smartphones, and today we can add two more devices to that list. AT&T has just issued small updates to both the HTC One M9 and One M8 that bring patches for the Stagefright exploit. These updates only range in size from 28MB to around 55MB, so security fixes are likely the only changes present in these updates.

If you need a refresher, a new vulnerability has been recently uncovered by researchers that exploits the Stagefright media playback engine in Android. This can allow attackers to access your device through a simple multimedia message. Various OEMs, including LG, Samsung, Motorola and more have announced their plans to release monthly security-focused updates to their devices in wake of this exploit.

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As per usual, the update may take a few days to make its way to your smartphone. You can also check for the update manually through your phone’s Settings menu. Once it makes its way to your device, be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Pre-Order Now Live, Starts at $399

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Galaxy Tab S2, announced from Samsung in July, is now up for pre-order in the United States. Carriers are also getting in on the fun, as you can purchase the tablet with LTE radios inside, launching in-store through AT&T on September 4, and T-Mobile on September 3. US Cellular, Sprint, and Verizon are also confirmed to carry the device, but we have yet to learn the in-store launch date.

The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in four models, a 8.0″ and 9.7″, both sporting WiFi-only and LTE variants. For specs, the tablets feature Super AMOLED displays, octa-core processors, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing cameras, and decently sized batteries. More impressively, both tablets are extremely thin, with both models measuring in at just 5.6mm thick. For comparison the Galaxy S6, a rather thin device, is 6.8mm thick.

As for pricing, the 8.0″ WiFi-only model is $399, with the LTE model to be priced by carriers individually. At this moment, T-Mobile only has a financing option listed, $0 down (and $27.09 / 23 months + $26.92 for the 24th month). For the 9.7″ model, WiFi-only, it starts at $499.

The tablet is also available to order through retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy, who are hosting a special promotion to give buyers $100 or more off of their purchase when you trade-in an existing, qualifying tablet.

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