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AT&T rolling out VoLTE update for Galaxy S4 Mini

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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AT&T has just started rolling out an update to its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 Mini located in the United States. The upgrade brings compatibility for VoLTE (Voice over LTE), support for Wireless Printing, and a ton of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • VoLTE inter-op call hold
  • SIM less 911 Dialing update
  • ISIM SQN re-sync for VoLTE reregistration
  • v4v6 for IMS PDN while roaming
  • Wireless Printing
  • Video Player Closed Captioning
  • Unified Location menu
  • On-device memory status and profiling

In order to install this update, you’ll need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, head into Settings, followed by About and hit the Software Updates button. You will then be prompted to download and install the upgrade.

Source: AT&T

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[DEAL] AT&T Gives Nexus 9 LTE Owners $100 Credit with Contract

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Aspirant Nexus 9 LTE owners received a little holiday incentive from AT&T. The wireless carrier is driving a promotion on many tablets, including the newly-released LTE variant of the Nexus 9, offering a $100 statement credit for adding the device to your contract.

The process here is a bit trickier than with other tablets, as the consumer must purchase the Nexus 9 LTE from Google Play and then activate it with AT&T. After activation, the credit will appear on a statement. No word on when the promotion ends.

The Nexus 9 hasn’t quite lived up to the hype before its release, with many reviewers expecting a more refined device given the price point. Still, it’s a serviceable tablet and one of the better ones out there, especially if you want access to unadulterated Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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AT&T is offering $100 off a Nexus 9 LTE with a new 2-year contract

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Tablets are a tricky beast when it comes to the WiFi vs Cellular decision. The former typically releases first and has a lower price. The cellular (LTE) models, in turn, are usually just the opposite and sometimes have different hardware. For all those who want to avoid a second contract, or rely on tethering/MiFi,  the former option is a good idea. For those who want it all, AT&T may have just the promotion to make things nice(r).

Customers who buy a Nexus 9 LTE on a new two-year contract will receive a $100 credit to their account. As AT&T is not currently stocking the device on its’ own website, the Nexus must be purchased through the Google Play Store.

Customers can receive a $100 bill credit when they activate their Nexus 9 with a two-year agreement at an AT&T company-owned store. The Nexus 9 is certified to work on the network with the nation’s strongest LTE signal, making this a perfect pairing.
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While the prospect of saving money is always a good thing, the decision ultimately boils down to a question of if you want to be saddled with a two-year agreement or not. There doesn’t seem to be any indication of the length of this promotion, but it wouldn’t be surprising to find it’s holiday related and thus it should be taken advantage of sooner rather than later.

Tuesday Poll: Contract or Month-to-Month?

Posted by Kellex December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.

This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.

And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Tuesday Poll: Contract or Month-to-Month? is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile and Sprint Causing Verizon and AT&T to Squirm

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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In a stunning announcement that will make Adam Smith believers proud, AT&T and Verizon appear to be feeling the effects of more intense market forces as an emboldened T-Mobile and Sprint offer more appealing bang for the buck to consumers.

At an investor conference Tuesday morning, AT&T CFO John Stephens admitted that the company’s fourth quarter “churn,” or turnover rate to other cellular providers, would be higher than it was a year earlier, even as its net subscriber count continues to grow. Stephens cites aggressive promotions from T-Mobile and Sprint in forcing his company’s hand. Remember a few months ago when AT&T up and offered 30GB of data across four lines for $100 a month? That would have been inconceivable a year ago.

For its part, Verizon has also cited the “highly competitive and promotion-filled” fourth quarter as an area for concern. The mobile provider is still doing well, overall, but it finds itself spending more money each quarter to retain its customer base.

Q4 earnings won’t be reported until January, but it appears the financial gurus at Big Red and AT&T are prepping shareholders for some potentially disappointing news.

And now one cannot help but wonder how much AT&T is kicking itself over the stillborn T-Mobile acquisition. All carriers create some form of competition, but locking up the GSM market would have been a game changer for AT&T, though potentially awful for the rest of us. As a consumer, you might want to consider sending the FCC a Christmas basket this year.

Source: BGR

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AT&T announces Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition availability

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

As expected, the first carrier to bring mobile virtual reality experience to the market is AT&T. The network has recently announced that it’s making the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition available starting December 12, Friday.

The Samsung Gear VR is an over-the-head virtual video and gaming device that works with a Galaxy Note 4 that brings audio and video content to the device. The Gear VR also depends on the smartphone for battery life and display. The stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen of the phone works as the actual display of the Gear VR.

Smartphone connects to the wearable device via microUSB connection. The Gear VR Innovator Edition is made with soft, flexible cushioning, and lightweight material so it’s very light and actually comfortable to wear. What will bring weight to is the phone but the Galaxy Note 4 is also light so it shouldn’t be too heavy to use.

The Gear VR comes with a 16GB card that has pre-loaded content. More games and apps can be downloaded from the Oculus VR app soon. So far, we know only a handful of games developed: Temple Run VR Imangi Studios, Land’s End by USTWO, VR Quest, HeroBound, Anshar Wars, and theBlu. A sample of the famous Cirque du Soleil show, Zarkana filmed and viewable in 3D 360° can also be downloaded through Oculus.

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition powered by Oculus will be available for $199. You need a Galaxy Note 4 (DO NOT confuse with Galaxy Note Edge) for this to work. Device is available online at ATT.com and Samsung.com.

While this news is exciting for those who’ve been wanting to try mobile virtual reality and it’s now possible at such an affordable price, note that release is not the final version. It’s an Innovator Edition—ideal for the developers. You can be an early adopter of this wearable device but only if you are willing to let go of whatever kinks you may encounter.

Oculus made it clear already that this is not the final edition. This release for the developers will help identify what bugs and problems are out there. You can buy right from AT&T but please don’t expect that it’s perfect. Take note it’s an Innovator Edition for software developers or just about anyone who wants to help improve on mobile virtual reality.

VIA: SlashGear

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Verizon trumps all other carriers in download speeds

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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When looking at which carrier to give your hard earned money, the quality of the network is vital. Customers have no reason to stick around if the network’s coverage is spotty or speeds are frequently bogged down. Cost comes into play, but carriers in the United States are expensive as a whole. You should pay for what you get.

So which network in the United States is the speediest when it comes to downloading? Hit the break to find out the answer to that question and more.

RootMetrics performed thousands of network tests throughout the country and handed over the information to Fierce Wireless to be published. Geographical regions examined included the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Plains, Rocky Mountains, New England, Southeast, Southwest, and West. RootMetrics timed its network tests throughout a twenty-four hour period to ensure that times with higher traffic would not skew results.

Verizon was named as the the carrier with the fastest download speeds. The first place carrier’s download speeds averaged 52.21Mbps in geographical regions throughout the United States. T-Mobile came in second with 42.64Mbps and AT&T followed closely with 42.39Mbps.

In last was Sprint coming in at a meager 22.23Mbps. This should send a message to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure that there is work to be done. Rather than focusing on aggressive promotions (that actually effect download speeds), Claure should be investing in improving Sprint’s network.

Upload speeds for each carrier was about half of what the download speeds were.

To see how network speeds were in your region, click the source link below.

Source: FierceWireless

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[Deal] AT&T bundling the LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 with smartphone purchase

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Now is a great time to be an AT&T customer in the market for a new smartphone. The carrier is running a promotion that includes the option to bring home an LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 when purchasing any smartphone. For the smartphone, customers must be using the AT&T Next program while the tablet requires the signing of a new two-year contract.

Both AT&T’s website and retail stores are offering the bundle; however, only select retail stores are going to take advantage of it. Online, add the smartphone to your cart and then add the G Pad 7.0 to see the $0.99 price.

AT&T has not specified an end date for the promotion, but the carrier does say that the bundle will be unavailable once it runs out of G Pad 7.0 units to sell.

Source: AT&T

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LG and AT&T Team Up for Holiday Deals, Buy a G3 and Score 50% Off a G Watch

Posted by Tim-o-tato December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

For a limited time during the holiday season, folks on AT&T who purchase any LG smartphone can take advantage of multiple offers, including scoring a G Pad 7.0 for just $0.99 on contract, 50% off an Android Wear-powered G Watch, and 50% LG-made Tone Bluetooth headset.

To clarify, these deals are stackable, meaning you can have all of them with one purchase, when buying a LG smartphone, such as the G3

The G Watch is priced at $229 on Google Play, so saving yourself 50% is not bad at all, especially if you are already getting yourself a fancy new smartphone. In addition, LG’s Tone headset goes for $60+ on retailers, so your savings can stack up quite a bit.

If you are interested in a full lineup of LG products this Christmas, head on into your local AT&T store, or check out the promo details online.

Via: AT&T

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AT&T: Buy LG smartphone get G Pad 7.0 for $.99, 50% off G Watch and more

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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This holiday season LG is teaming up with AT&T to bring would-be customers some pretty sweet freebies. The most impressive of these deals is the ability to get the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for $.99, which is normally priced at $99.99 on contract. Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and so there’s at least a couple catches involved.

In order to get the tablet, you’ll first need to pick up a brand new LG smartphone from AT&T via an AT&T Next plan. You’ll also need to commit to two years of wireless service for the tablet, which start at $15 a month. In addition to picking up the G Pad, LG is also offering LG AT&T smartphone buyers 50% off on LG Tone bluetooth stereo headsets or 50% off on the LG G Watch. That said, I had trouble figuring out how to get the 50% off to show up on their website, so it’s possible that the 50% offers are only for in-store only.

According to AT&T, all of these deals can be used separately or in conjunction with one another. Before you take advantage of any of these offers, remember that, unlike the G Pad, the latter two offers don’t require you to carry an additional data plan for two years… just saying. What do you think of LG and AT&T’s holiday promo, a good value or not?

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