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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 available on AT&T this October 24

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’ve only been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 to arrive in the US. The phone is already out in Asia after being spotted in a Thai website. Before that, it was certified by TENAA in China and then passed through the FCC. No more waiting as the new Galaxy Mega 2 is set to arrive in the country through AT&T starting October 24.

The Android smartphone will take advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Phone comes equipped with an 8 megapixel camera with 4X zoom, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 6-inch multitouch , 2,800mAh removable lithium-ion battery, 1.5GB RAM, microSD card slot, quad core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 processor, and NFC.

Key features of the handset include an Ultra Power-Saving Mode that extends battery power, Private Mode that protects personal files, Interruption-Free Experience for uninterrupted movies and browsing on a small pop-up window, and Multi-Instance Mode that allows different windows of the same app to be opened at the same time.

AT&T will be offering the Galaxy Mega 2 under different monthly plans: $23.75 with Next 12 and $19.80 with Next 18, $149 with a 2-year contract. You can also get the phone with no annual commitment for only $479.99.

AT&T is also offering the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 with a $100 bill credit when subscribers activate an existing or new line on the AT&T Next service. With the size of the screen, we can consider this a phablet already—joining the ranks of the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Motorola Nexus 6, ZTE Grand X Max, and the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2.

SOURCE: AT&T

AT&T Confirms Galaxy Mega 2 Launch for October 24

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

AT&T announced availability for the Galaxy Mega 2 from Samsung this week, which will begin on October 24 for $149.99 on a two-year contract. The device is for those who enjoy the larger type of devices, as the phone features an enormous 6″ HD display. 

Other specs include an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2,800mAh battery, Snapdragon 410 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE connectivity, Samsung’s long list of software, and runs Android 4.4+.

As mentioned, the device launches on AT&T October 24, and will be a more affordable option over the Galaxy Note 4, minus the stylus.

Interested?

Via: AT&T

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AT&T to launch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 October 24th

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has made its appearance in Thailand and is now set to hit American shores, launching on AT&T later this week. The budget phablet features a 6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.5GB of RAM, a quad-core processor and a 2800mAh battery. On the software side of things it runs Android 4.4 and features Samsung’s popular dual-window feature with the added ability to run two instances of the same app simultaneously. The phone goes for $149.99 with a new two-year contract or $474.99 outright. Any AT&T subscribers out there interested in picking one of these up on the 24th? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: AT&T

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Galaxy Note 4 now available on US carriers

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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As promised, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now on sales in countries from around the world, including the UK (check out the availability there), India, the US, and Canada.

The Note 4 was officially unveiled in early September at IFA, but Samsung only extended its availability in most world markets today, perhaps in an effort to build up inventory ahead of what shapes up to be high demand.

Here’s what you need to know about the Galaxy Note 4’s US availability and price:

Carrier versions

AT&T

  • On AT&T, the Galaxy Note 4 will be available for a pricey $825 unlocked or with a $299 down payment and a 2-year contract.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have two options: Next 18 – 24 x $34.42 or Next 12 – 12 x $41.30.
  • The AT&T Galaxy Note 4 is available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shipping.
  • Get the AT&T Galaxy Note 4

Verizon

  • On Verizon, the Galaxy Note 4 will be available from October 23 for $699 unlocked or with a $299 down payment on a 2-year contract.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have this option: Verizon Edge – 24 mo. x $29.16.
  • The Verizon Galaxy Note 4 will be available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shipping.
  • Pre-order the Verizon Galaxy Note 4
  • Get a guaranteed $200 trade-in from Samsung for any working smartphone, valid until October 22.

T-Mobile

  • On T-Mobile, the Galaxy Note 4 is available today for $ 749 unlocked.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have this option:24 mo. x $31.24.
  • The T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 is available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Ships in 4-7 days.
  • Buy the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4

Sprint

  • On Sprint, the Galaxy Note 4 is available today for $ 720 unlocked or with a $299.99 down payment on a 2-year contract.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have this option: Easy Pay 24 mo. x $30.
  • The Sprint Galaxy Note 4 is available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shiping.
  • Buy the Sprint Galaxy Note 4

US Cellular

  • On US Cellular, the Galaxy Note 4 is available today for $ 16 unlocked or with a $299.99 down payment on a 2-year contract.
  • The US Cellular Galaxy Note 4 is available in black.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shiping.
  • Buy the US Cellular Galaxy Note 4

For more details on the Galaxy Note 4, check out our Note 4 review or watch the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2Eibt5_0EVo

Are you buying a Note 4 today?

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Verizon makes changes to upgrade program, mirrors AT&T’s new upgrade program

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Since first being implemented, Verizon has made a number of changes to their Edge handset early upgrade program. Now, as first reported by Droid Life, Verizon is changing their Edge device financing offer by increasing the time in which customers can make monthly payments to two years and requiring a greater percentage of the device to be paid off before they can upgrade.

Starting October 16, Verizon customers:

  • Will have additional months, from 20 to 24 months, to pay off installments on their EDGE financing plan.
  • Will need to pay off 75% of their device cost before upgrading, up from previously having to pay off just 60% of the cost.
  • Will now be able to upgrade after 18 months from when they add a new device.

Verizon will also be lowering the monthly access charges for users who buy their devices through the Verizon Edge program. The discounts will range from $15-$25 depending on the purchased data package. Verizon’s More Everything plan have also been changed. Prices for the 500 MB data plan will now cost $20 per month (instead of $30) and will include unlimited talk and text. Unfortunately, data overages will still cost $15 for every additional 250 MB.

To nobody’s surprise, these changes make Verizon’s Edge program more in line with AT&T’s Next 18 upgrade program which offers upgrades after 18 months and includes 24 monthly installments.

Although Verizon has made a number of changes to improve the upgrade program, the elimination of subsidies without actually lowering service rates means that almost a number of customers on the Edge program are still paying roughly twice for the handset.

 


Source: Droid-Life;

Special Beats Music offer from AT&T comes to an end

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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When Beats Music finally launched their own streaming music service, playing off the name recognition of their line of headphones, AT&T managed to strike a special deal for their customers. AT&T subscribers were able to get the Beats Music service for a 90-day free trial, much longer than the standard 2-week trial period. In addition, AT&T subscribers could buy a Beats Music subscription for $14.99 per month, $5 more than the normal price, but could share their subscription with other users and devices. This special package is no longer available to AT&T customers although they can still order the standard $9.99 per month Beats Music service.

According to AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, “There haven’t been any changes for AT&T customers who currently have the Beats Music family plan or who are within the free trial period. New subscribers can still get Beats Music through their app store or at beatsmusic.com.”

Since the original launch of Beats Music and the special deal with AT&T, the service was acquired by Apple for $3 billion. Apple has still not provided any indication as to what their plans are for the service and whether it will continue as a standalone offering available to platforms outside the Apple ecosystem. When the deal closed, Beats Music had about 250,000 subscribers.

source: FierceWireless

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The ASUS PadFone X mini is coming to AT&T on Oct. 24, $199 contract free on GoPhone

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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ASUS, AT&T, and Intel sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the PadFone X will be available on AT&T GoPhone for $199. That means no contract or commitments.

The PadFone X mini features a 4.5-inch IPS+ 854 x 480 display, a 1.6 GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, 1 MP front-facing camera, an Intell XMM 7160 LTE modem, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

When the phone is docked, you get a 7-inch tablet experience utilizing the 7-inch IPS+ 1280 x 800 display. The phone itself has a 2060 mAh battery and the tablet dock sports 2200 mAh.

We have the full presser after the break.

ASUS, AT&T and Intel to Bring PadFone X mini to United States on Oct. 24

PadFone X mini Available Exclusively on the Nation’s Most Reliable 4G LTE Network[1] with No Annual Contract for $199.99

DALLAS and FREMONT, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • ASUS, AT&T and Intel introduce the ASUS PadFone X mini in the U.S. with no annual contract for $199.99 on GoPhone®.
  • The PadFone X mini will be available in select national retailers in October and in all AT&T retail stores that offer GoPhone on Oct. 24.
  • Powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor and Intel® XMM 7160™ LTE modem, the 4.5-inch 4G LTE smartphone transforms into a 7-inch tablet-like experience when docked.

ASUS, AT&T and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the ASUS PadFone X mini, a 4.5-inch 4G LTE[2] smartphone powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor and Intel® XMM™ 7160 LTE modem. The PadFone X mini transforms into a 7-inch 4G LTE tablet-like experience when docked into its companion docking station. It will be available in AT&T retail stores on Oct. 24 and in national retailers by November. Exclusively on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, covering more than 300 million Americans, the PadFone X mini will retail for $199.99 on GoPhone®, AT&T’s branded prepaid service.[3] Plans start at only $40 per month for 500 MB of data and 500 minutes of talk time.

“The PadFone X mini is a powerful device with great features from ASUS and Intel – and all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T. “Offered at budget-friendly prices, consumers that want a quality device with no annual contract will be thrilled with the performance and value of the PadFone X mini.”

For ASUS, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Communication, Benson Lin stated, “ASUS is passionate about providing incredible experiences. We are excited to work with AT&T and Intel to bring the ASUS PadFone X mini to the U.S. This unique device offers the compelling combination of a 4.5-inch LTE smartphone and the power and versatility of a 7-inch handheld tablet that allows people the best of both world experiences.”

“The combination of Intel’s processor and cutting-edge LTE solution gives the PadFone X mini a robust, one-two punch for U.S. consumers,” said Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile Communication Group. “People are demanding more from their devices, and the phone’s unique smartphone and tablet form factor allows consumers to have more capabilities on one data plan, all at an affordable price. Intel, ASUS and AT&T have proven to be a powerful trio to deliver a fast and easy-to-use phone for on-the-go multi-taskers.”

Power, Convenience and Beauty Converge
The PadFone X mini is the first smartphone for the U.S. market powered by an Intel application processor and an Intel LTE solution. The device has an Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem and an Intel Atom processor with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, which supports four simultaneous application threads for smooth and seamless multitasking and responsive web browsing. Additional features include:

  • Automatic charging with up to 28.3 hours of battery life when the phone is docked into the station, and up to 15.8 hours of battery life on a single charge when used in the smartphone mode.[4]
  • ASUS exclusive 5-megapixel (5MP) PixelMaster camera for high-quality photos.
  • ASUS DynamicDisplay[5] technology that resizes apps for the different display sizes, as well as the ASUS ZenUI, an exclusive user interface for smart devices that includes features such as ASUS ZenUI What’s Next and Do It Later. These new features put users’ next task in front of them or allows them to mark items for follow-up.
  • The Side Flip Cover and TriCover, a stylish and practical cover lined with microfiber with a tough polyurethane outer cover for the phone and docking station that helps prevent scratches, scrapes, and dents in two different landscape orientations.

Availability and Pricing
On Oct. 24, customers can purchase an ASUS PadFone X mini from AT&T for $199.99 with GoPhone plans that start at only $40 per month. Customers can also get the PadFone X mini online at www.asus.com or www.att.com or in AT&T retail stores that offer GoPhone. Starting in October, the ASUS PadFone X mini will be available at national retailers.

ABOUT ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately U.S. $14 billion.

ABOUT AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide based on offering roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at www.youtube.com/att.

© 2014 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

ABOUT INTEL
Intel (INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.comand blogs.intel.com, and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

Intel, Intel Atom, XMM and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

SPECIFICATIONS[6]

ASUS PadFone X mini

Processor

1.6GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology

Operating system

Android 4.4 (KitKat) with ASUS ZenUI

Storage/memory

1GB RAM; up to 64GB micro SD card supported

Connectivity

4G LTE: B4/B17/B2/B5, Category 3

3G: 850/1900/2100

2G: 850/900/1800/1900

802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.0

GPS (A-GPS with SUPL 2.0)

Data-transfer speed

LTE Category 3

Display

Smartphone: 4.5-inch IPS+ panel / 854 x 480 FWVGA

Station: 7-inch IPS+ panel / 1280 x 800 WXGA

Cameras

Smartphone: 5MP (rear); 2MP(front)

Station: 1MP (front)

Battery

Smartphone: 2060mAh (removable)

Station: 2200mAh (non-removable)

Ports

3.5mm headphone jack; micro USB

Colors

Black

Dimensions

Smartphone: 5.20 (L) x 2.61 (W) x 0.25-0.50 (H) inch

Station: 8.02 (L) x 4.70 (W) x 0.44-0.83 (H) inch

Weight

Smartphone: 5.25 oz

Station: 8.81 oz

Full specifications are available at www.asus.com/us.

[1]Reliability based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
[2]LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
[3]GoPhone devices are restricted to GoPhone service during the first six months after activation, and cannot be used with any other carrier’s service. Commercial resale is prohibited except by AT&T’s authorized agents or retailers. You may not alter any of the hardware or software in GoPhone devices or export them from the US. Activation and use of GoPhone device requires GoPhone service. GoPhone service is subject to the Terms of Service described in the User Guide and Plan Terms described in the rate brochure. You must be in the GoPhone coverage area to place or receive calls. Service may not be accessible at all times due to equipment limitations and certain equipment features may not be functional with GoPhone service.
[4]ASUS measures the talk time/standby time by conductive test with RF equipment (Anritsu 8820 or CMU200 or Agilent 8960). The talking/standby time is derived from “the typical capacity of battery divided from the current measurement.”
[5]Not all applications are DynamicDisplay compatible.
[6]Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

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Motorola Nexus 6 Listing Shows Up at AT&T

Posted by Kellex October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

See that? That would be a listing for the Motorola Nexus 6, already on AT&T’s site before Google has officially announced the phone. 

Now, before you freak out about the price and the fact that AT&T is using the LG G Vista as a placeholder, just realize that we are only talking about the name of the phone showing up on AT&T site as being important. That price is likely not the price of the Nexus 6 on-contract. In fact, that is the price of the LG G Vista, so since AT&T is using an image of that phone as a placeholder, the chances of them carrying over the price as well are pretty good. It was probably a cut and paste job of phone listings to get something going for the Nexus 6 listing. Again, the price means nothing.

With that said, AT&T has essentially killed off the listing for the LG G Vista to prepare for the Nexus 6. If you cruise through the maze of screens to get to a listing of LG phones and click on the LG G Vista, you won’t find the LG G Vista. No sir, you will be redirected to a page that will eventually be for the Nexus 6, but that, for now, redirects to a listing of Motorola phones. Check the image below, which is the URL currently set for the G Vista, as seen as I hover over the listing of it. Yep, that says “/motorola/nexus-6.html” as clear as possible.

Also, if you cruise through to the LG G3 Vigor listing on AT&T’s site, that is where you see the image at the top of this post, which actually says “Motorola Nexus 6″ in the recently viewed section.

I don’t want to call it a “confirmation,” but how much more info do you need? AT&T has clearly begun work on the listing for the Nexus 6 on their site because they plan to sell the Nexus 6. While we still don’t know what the price will be, I think it’s obvious that they are going to carry the phone.

Today is going to be fun.

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Via:  AT&T | Android Police

Motorola Nexus 6 Listing Shows Up at AT&T is a post from: Droid Life

Intel, ASUS to launch PadFone X mini exclusively on AT&T this Oct 24

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Three big names in the mobile industry are working together to bring the PadFone X mini in the United States. Intel and AT&T are helping Asus to release the new smartphone this coming October 24 in AT&T retail stores and some national retailers.

PadFone X is literally a phablet (phone-tablet). It’s a 4.5-inch smartphone that transforms into a 7-inch tablet when docked. The device boasts of an Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem, Intel Atom processor, as well as, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology that allows responsive web browsing and multitasking. This means you open four apps simultaneously without the phone slowing down.

Major features of this new Android phone include a 5 megapixel PixelMaster camera, the exclusive ASUS ZenUI, and ASUS DynamicDisplay technology. The DynamicDisplay allows the device to automatically resize the apps for different display sizes whether on phone or tablet mode. The ASUS ZenUI coms with the Do It Later and What’s Next features and perhaps the ASUS MyWater live wallpaper we featured recently.

The PadFone X mini also comes with a practical and stylish Side Flip Cover and TriCover. The protective cover is lined with microfiber while the exterior is a polyurethane outer cover that prevents dents, scratches, and scrapes. When phone is docked, it is charged automatically, yielding battery life up to 28.3 hours on tablet mode but only 15.8 hours when used as a smartphone.

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AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Device Marketing and Developer Services happily shared:

“The PadFone X mini is a powerful device with great features from ASUS and Intel – and all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. Offered at budget-friendly prices, consumers that want a quality device with no annual contract will be thrilled with the performance and value of the PadFone X mini.”

AT&T will release the smartphone next week with a $199.99 price tag on GoPhone– the branded prepaid service from the carrier. Phone is also available with a plan starting at $40/monthly with 500 minutes of voice calls and 500MB data.

SOURCE: Intel

AT&T Hints at Imminent Nexus 6 Release

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

att_logoThe Nexus is approaching! AT&Ts website has leaked news about the new device, notably that it will be available directly through the carrier and supposedly priced at $50 on-contract.

The information takes some looking for to be able to see, though. When you look at the page for the LG G3 Vigor, in the sidebar, there sits the Motorola Nexus 6. Don’t get too excited: the link will only take you to other Motorola phones already on the network.

The photo in the box is also the LG Vista, which will hopefully change after the release date tomorrow. *Fingers Crossed.* Hopefully the price doesn’t change, though. If you want to enter into a contract with the death star, it’d be better to enter into it with an extra $150 in your pocket, compared to the $200 price point for most flagships.

Source: AT&T

Via: Android Police

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