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AT&T’s grandfathered unlimited data plans haven’t really been unlimited for quite some time now. Those who still pay for one know that AT&T throttles the hell out of data speeds on 4G LTE unlimited plans after they reach 5GB of usage per month and doesn’t bother to bring those speeds back up until the next billing cycle. We are talking throttling any and everywhere once that 5GB limit is reached, not just if the phone is attached to a congested network. Pretty weak, right?

Today, or at least some time since mid-March, AT&T seems to have softened its stance on 4G LTE throttling. 

Previously, their policy or statement on smartphone customers with “legacy” unlimited data plans noted that 3G/4G smartphones on unlimited plans were throttled at the 3GB mark, but only in congested network situations. It was the 4G LTE unlimited plans that were seeing the hard limit at 5GB, where even on a super fast, un-congested network, they would be throttled until the next billing cycle.

This is the exact policy last seen around March 23:

As a result of the AT&T network management process, customers on a 3G or 4G smartphone with an unlimited data plan who have exceeded 3 gigabytes of data in a billing period may experience reduced speeds when using data services at times and in areas that are experiencing network congestion. Customers on a 4G LTE smartphone will experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle exceeds 5 gigabytes of data. All such customers can still use unlimited data without incurring overage charges, and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle.

See how the statement separates the 3G/4G and 4G LTE plans?

This is what the statement looks like today:

As a result of AT&T’s network management process, customers on a 3G or 4G smartphone or on a 4G LTE smartphone with an unlimited data plan who have exceeded 3 gigabytes (3G/4G) or 5 gigabytes (4G LTE) of data in a billing period may experience reduced speeds when using data services at times and in areas that are experiencing network congestion. All such customers can still use unlimited data without incurring overage charges, and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle.

See that? The 3G/4G and 4G LTE plans are now grouped together, with the hard limit on the 4G LTE plans seemingly removed. According to this newly tweaked statement, 4G LTE unlimited data plans are only throttled when in congested areas, but are then eligible to return back to full speeds. Yay.

AT&T hasn’t actually announced anything, and they probably won’t, but if you own a grandfathered or “legacy” unlimited data plan, it sounds like your plan just got better without you lifting a finger.

Via:  AT&T
Cheers Jerry!

AT&T Quietly Removes Hard Throttling Limit on Unlimited Data Plan, Will Only Throttle in Congested Areas is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola seems to be gearing up to unleash a wave of Android 5.1 updates onto its entire line-up of devices. We first saw Android 5.1 release notes show up for the Moto X (1st gen) in Brazil a couple of weeks back, but we are now seeing sets for the AT&T Moto X (2nd gen), “T-Mobile” Moto X (2nd gen), and Moto X (1st gen) in the US. We have yet to find info for the DROID Turbo, though I can’t imagine it won’t also arrive very soon. 

Below, we have the list of changes for Android 5.1 on the Moto X (2nd gen) through AT&T, which will land as software version 23.11.21. The entire set of release notes matches up identically to the “T-Mobile” variant, which we are assuming is the “Pure Edition,” since there isn’t a T-Mobile Moto X (2nd gen). That update will arrive as software version 23.11.14 on that phone.

Motorola created both of the pages with these notes yesterday, meaning these updates should be here any minute.

Notifications & Interruptions Usability improvements include:

  • Block interruptions until your next alarm. This choice will show only when you have an alarm set within the next 12 hours. It will prevent you from missing an alarm when you choose ‘No interruptions’.
  • You can choose to enter a scheduled downtime early. For example, if you are going to bed early and change your notification settings, you can choose “Until your downtime ends”. This option will be visible when within 4 hours of the scheduled start of your downtime.
  • Adds icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show in the status bar (None, Priority).
  • You can now alter notification volume controls while media is playing. With the volume controls showing, a tap on the bell icon will bring up notification volume controls.
Heads-up
Notifications
In addition to dismissing a heads-up notification, you can now swipe it up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in your notifications tray and you can dismiss it later.
Quick Settings You can quickly select different Wi-Fi access points or different paired Bluetooth devices with a new pull-down menu on each tile. Conditional settings tiles that only show if you use the feature – like “Invert Colors” or “Hotspot” – can now be hidden via a long-press on the tile.
Camera Reduces noise in low-light shots and improves responsiveness of the viewfinder with the front-facing camera (selfie).
Device Protection Lost or stolen devices will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if reset to factory settings. Note that you must have a Google account on the device to automatically enable this feature and set a PIN, password or pattern screen lock.
Performance Improvements in the Android Runtime (ART) lead to faster application launch times.
Lockscreen If you have enabled Ambient Display, the minimum swipe distance has increased to reduce accidental interactions.
Bug Fixes Issues fixed in this release include:

  • Clock in the status bar isn’t updating and alarms are not going off
  • Can’t delete SMS messages when the SIM card is full
  • No ringer audio while making an outgoing call
  • Calculator floating point calculations
  • Chrome crashes on launch
  • Frequent restarts while watching Netflix
  • Wi-Fi will not automatically reconnect to your home Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi not connecting after being idle all night
  • Wi-Fi connection issues with multiple routers in one location
  • Bluetooth discovery is not triggered when you refresh settings
  • CPU wakelocks that contribute to heavier battery drain
  • Connection and synchronization issues with MS Exchange servers
  • Incorrect default APN
  • Can’t unlock the SIM with a PIN/PUK code
  • Can’t play ‘pinned’ content
  • General stability improvements

As for the Moto X (1st gen) in the US, we are looking at a software version of 222.21.2.

Let us know if you see an update on your phone!

Update:  The release notes for the 5.1 update on the Moto E (2nd gen) are available as well.

Via:  Motorola [2] [3]
Cheers Andy!

Motorola Seems to be Gearing Up for a Wave of Android 5.1 Updates, Here are the Release Notes is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile targets Verizon subscribers in new campaign

Posted by wicked May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Expect to see and hear T-Mobile become more aggressive in marketing and in luring new customers as it is now focusing its attention on Verizon. This is after targeting AT&T the past couple of years and the mobile carrier is more than ready to take on the Big Red. These three major carriers are already on top but looks like the competition will even be tighter.

T-Mobile has explicitly said in its “Never Settle” promo that Verizon customers can get a free 2-week trial on T-Mobile. For those two weeks, Verizon users must turn over their number to T-Mobile to avail of the offer. It’s up to the Verizon customer to return the phone or keep it as long as his old Verizon account is terminated.

T-Mobile is even willing to pay early termination fees up to $650 if customer decides to finally leave Verizon. That seems generous of T-Mobile but company is only determined to get more customers.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere was serious when he said the network would hit back at Verizon. Legere proudly said:

“T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network is the nation’s fastest. Not faster for the price … just faster, period. With T-Mobile, you don’t have to settle for trickery, gimmicks and carrier BS the way you do with Verizon. I’m so confident in our kick-ass network experience that we’re footing the bill so Verizon customers can give T-Mobile a try.”

T-Mobile agrees with Verizon saying “never settle” as long as the person will never settle for the following: for limited data, for two-year service contracts, for overages, for a slower LTE network, for no Wi-Fi calling, for waiting to upgrade, for waiting to much, for losing unused data, for being trapped by ETFS, for overcharging overseas, for hidden fees, and for more gimmicks. In other words, #neversettle for Verizon and that’s what T-Mobile is trying to tell us. And oh, this one is very much different from OnePlus’ Never Settle campaign.

That’s pretty straightforward but that’s marketing. I’m not sure how this aggressiveness will do for T-Mobile but Verizon should now do something on their end. Free two-week trial starts on May 13 and sign up will end on May 31.

VIA: re/code

AT&T kicks off Plenti rewards program for customers

Posted by wicked May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

AT&T_Logo_01_TAAT&T has launched a new rewards program for customers called Plenti. The program works within an app available on smartphones and allows customers to make purchases for rewards points. The carrier has partnered with many big brands for earning and spending points, including Exxon, Enterprise, and Hulu, among others.

It’s a rewards program, so it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. Spend enough money or complete offers through partners and you’ll get “points,” which you can then use to purchase things from those same retailers. Some of the offers include getting 200 points for buying 10 gallons of gas at an Exxon gas station, or 5,000 points for starting a new line of service through AT&T. For reference, 1,000 points is equivalent to 10 bucks in rewards.

AT&T isn’t the first carrier to jump into rewards programs, as T-Mobile and Verizon have both notably tried similar ideas. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this kind of stuff, as tons of credit cards offer similar (or better) offers, but if you’ve ever had a positive experience with something like this, let us know in the comments.

source: Fierce Wireless

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ASUS ZenFone 2 to be unveiled in the US this May 18

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The ASUS ZenFone 2 has yet to arrive in the United States but we’re no longer clueless as phone is set to arrive in the country this coming May 18. AT&T will be offering the latest ASUS flagship smartphone still bearing an Intel chipset. The ZenFone 2 will continue to impress with a 5.5-inch display screen, 13 megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and a 3000 mAh battery.

Even if it’s considered a mid-range phone, ASUS ZenFone 2 is set to battle with the latest flagships from other companies because of its high-end look. Expect this one to be compared side by side with the newly launched LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6, and HTC One M9 in the coming days or weeks. This phone actually comes in several variants but we’re not sure which version will be offered by AT&T.

Here’s a review of the ASUS ZenFone 2 specs: 1.8GHz Intel Atom Quad Core Z3560 processor, 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, Gorilla Glass 3, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, 2GB RAM, 5 megapixel front-facing camera, 13 megapixel rear camera with PixelMaster technology, 3000 mAh battery. This Android phone is already available in Europe, Taiwan, and India.

ASUS and AT&T will official unveil the ZenFone 2 in an event in New York on May 18, Monday. By now, you’ve probably seen that ‘Incredible Comes to New York’ poster. Let’s see how “incredible” this device is in less than three weeks.

VIA: SlashGear

LG Watch Urbane now available in the US from Verizon AT&T

Posted by wicked April - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

LG has been showing off a number of premium products lately. Before the leather-backed LG G4, there’s the LG Watch Urbane that has got some of the geeks drooling over because of its sophisticated look. The classy-looking smartwatch was listed on Google Store a couple of days ago and now we have news that it’s finally available in the United States from Verizon and AT&T.

A big leap from the previous LG G Watch and the LG G Watch R models, the LG Watch Urbane is now also available in the United States from Verizon and AT&T. The mobile carriers have finally listed the smartwatch for $349. The first to be powered by the latest Android Wear version, the LG smartwatch is stylish and impresses with its full-circle Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, modern design, and new features like WiFi support, cloud access, smart notifications, and built-in heart rate monitor.

The LG Watch Urbane also allows hand gestures, phone free usage, and drawing of emojis to send as an SMS reply. You can also search the web using just your voice or track fitness level if you’re really determined to get fit.

LG boasts of the LG Watch Urbane because of its style and function. LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company CEO and President Juno Cho said that this watch is a “perfect example that Android Wear watches can be functional and beautiful, making it a useful accessory that complements any wardrobe”. Cho further added, “No one would mistake LG Watch Urbane for a computer on your wrist”. He is right because this thing is a beauty.

LG Watch Urbane Silver

Let’s take a look at some of the specs of the LG Watch Urbane:

• 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset
• 1.3-inch P-OLED Display screen
• 320 x 320 pixel resolution, 245ppi
• 4GB built-in memory
• 512MB LPDDR2 RAM
• 410mAh battery

The dust- and water-resistant LG Watch Urbane has got some nifty sensors too: 9-Axis sensor, heart rate sensor, barometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope. You can choose between the silver or rose gold version of the smartwatch. You can easily personalize it by changing the strap with any 22mm band.

AT&T‘s LG Watch Urbane will be available in stores starting May 15, Friday while Verizon is ready to ship anytime to anywhere in the US.

SOURCE: LG, Verizon, AT&T

LG G4 is Coming to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular (Updated)

Posted by Kellex April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

According to LG, the new G4 will be available at all of the big US carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.

Pricing has not yet been announced. Availability information will be left up to carriers to announce, but it’s looking like June is a likely launch for the US.

LG is releasing the G4 in Korea on April 29. 

Update (Verizon):  Verizon posted this Tweet, which at least confirms that it is “coming soon.”

Update (T-Mobile):  T-Mobile announced an “exclusive” preview program where some of you will have the opportunity to get your hands on the LG G4 before it is available for purchase. They mention that the program runs through May 25, so that could be close to the launch date. In other words, you have a month before you can buy this phone. More details here.

Update (US Cellular):  US Cellular told us to expect the phone in June.

Update (Sprint):  Sprint says to expect the G4 in June as well.

LG G4 is Coming to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

LG Watch Urbane Now Available From Verizon and AT&T for $349 in Silver

Posted by Kellex April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

After popping up on the Google Store yesterday afternoon, the LG Watch Urbane is now available from Verizon and AT&T as well. You can order this premium Android Wear watch for $349 at each carrier’s online store in silver starting today. The gold version isn’t available from either spot, but Google still has it in stock with a shipping date of May 8.

The watch will reach AT&T stores on May 15. As of right now, we don’t know if or when it will arrive in Verizon stores. 

Links:  Verizon | AT&T

LG Watch Urbane Now Available From Verizon and AT&T for $349 in Silver is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active gets Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We weren’t expecting Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active but I guess since the Galaxy S4 model has gotten a taste of its sweetness, it’s rugged sibling should be getting it too. AT&T has started to release the Lollipop software update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (SGH-I537) yesterday, April 21. As with most Android 5.0 updates, this one will ready for download via Firmware Over The Air (FOTA).

If you own a Galaxy S4 Active, make sure you have at least 1GB of free memory space before downloading the file. After the update, you can enjoy some of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop features and enhancements like a new user interface, more fluid motions, priority mode to set notifications you really need, battery saving features, and Smart Lock to secure phone or tablet. With this update, apps, photos, songs, and recent search on one Android device can now be accessed on other Android devices.

As usual, AT&T recommends you backup phone data and media files first before upgrading. It’s better to be safe than sorry. For easier backing up process, you can also use Samsung Kies which will soon be replaced by Smart Switch.

The over-the-air notification should be received anytime soon but if you cannot wait, you can always do it manually. To check if software update is ready for download, go to your phone’s Home screen, choose Menu, click on Settings. Tap on the More tab and then About device. Click on Software update to check for updates. If file is ready, choose OK to start download.

SOURCE: AT&T

Software update for T-Mobile, AT&T HTC One M9 now available

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

A couple of weeks ago, Taiwanese phone maker HTC has finally responded to the complaints of One M9 owners who were saying that the camera’s 20 megapixel sensor couldn’t handle low light situations and macroshots. That’s a bit frustrating because of our high expectations but at least there’s less noise, more vibrant colors, and more details can be captured. Good thing a software update was released and it did improve photo quality and some photos were even showcased for comparison.

This week, HTC has released Maintenance Release Instructions for the HTC One M9. This particular upgrade is available for the new HTC flagship Android phone from both AT&T and T-Mobile. It is expected to offer enhancements on the camera, BlinkFeed, and the total user experience. This 1.32.502.31 for AT&T and 1.32.531.33 for T-Mobile version is the latest than the one loaded on most HTC One M9′s that have already shipped. If you own one, make sure you upgrade to this version to make the most of the unit.

To check current version, check Home> All apps> Settings> About> and Software information. Any number less than the number mentioned is eligible for the upgrade. Click ‘Continue’ to download the update. Once download is finished, choose ‘OK’ to start installation process.

Just like any software update, phone may experience several rebooting, as well as, software upgrade screens showing up. It is advisable that data are backed up and that phone charger is plugged in. Make sure you are connected to a WiFi network or 4G/LTE(AT&T), battery is at least 35%, and there’s at least 2.1GB of free storage space.

Software update for the HTC One M9 might take 20 minutes or so to finish downloading and complete the upgrade. Software update is now ready for AT&T and T-Mobile HTC One M9 owners.

SOURCE: HTC (1),(2)