Once again to coincide with CES timing, AT&T is holding the 2016 AT&T Developer Summit from January 2-5, 2016 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
January 2-3 is scheduled to be the Hackathon, and Jan 4-5 is the conference. As in the years past, Life On My Mobile will be present during the keynote session on Janauary 5th to hear the latest and greatest from AT&T. Past keynotes have revealed upcoming devices and projects from AT&T, and I’m sure this year will be no different.
Photos from the event and updates will be sent our via our Twitter account: @LifeOnMyMobile
Well hello there friends and neighbors. We are days away from the crazy time of year that is CES. A gathering of tech companies and geeks from around the world in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Your staff from Life On My Mobile will be on hand to check out all the latest and greatest in the tech world, and we will pass that information on to you. We may not be the first to get things posted, but it will get done. For quicker updates, please follow our Twitter account at @LifeOnMyMobile.
In a move that is not too surprising AT&T will be ending its program of 2 year contracts and subsidized phones according to internal documents obtained by Engadget on January 8th 2016.
T-Mobile pioneered this sales method and it has been one of many offerings that has shot them to success in the past few years.
AT&T will still be offering phones via their installment / lease plan called Next which allows interest free financing of devices with multiple upgrade options. You of course still have the option of buying a device outright or bringing your own.
Not everyone will be happy with this change, there are still many people who are stuck on paying $99 or $199 every two years, getting a new phone and locked into a contract for another 2 years. These users see this as a great deal but what they are missing is they are actually spending more for the device because of the plans inflated prices over the course of two years.
In addition, switching to these new, lower priced, non-contract plans will result in users losing their “unlimited” data plans.
For some it is going to be a mixed bag of good and bad, but for the majority of users you should save money and have a little more freedom to hop to a new carrier. Let’s hope Verizon and AT&T grab onto a few more ideas from their competitors and make the wireless landscape more competitive with even more features for users.
WiFi calling on AT&T is finally available for users to enable. T-Mobile has long has this feature, but other carriers are just now getting around to activating this feature. The main point behind WiFi calling is to assist users when they are in an area with weak cellular coverage. The WiFi will act like a mobile tower and help place and receive calls for them when they would otherwise not have coverage.
With what has become standard operating procedures, AT&T has sort of followed T-Mobile’s lead in the United States by announcing a data rollover scheme. But unlike T-Mobile, AT&T is putting in 1/12th the effort.
Starting January 25th AT&T will automatically be rolling over unused data for it’s 50 million customers on Mobile Share plans. The catch is it only rolls over for 30 days. So if you have 2GBs of data left over it will sit on your account for just 30 days to be used then expire. This is in contrast to T-Mobile who lets you rollover data for 12 rolling months.
T-Mobile’s CEO John Legre took to Twitter with his thoughts on AT&T’s latest move.
The “un-carrier” wars are really getting heated and we are far from seeing things calm down, especially with John Legere at the helm on T-Mobile.
It’s almost that time of the year when all tech geeks travel to Las Vegas and get lost in a sea of technology and people for several days.
CES 2015 officially starts on January 6, 2015 and your team from Life On My Mobile will be on-site to cover all the new technology as it is unveiled. If you want to keep up with what’s happening at CES, make sure you follow @LifeOnMyMobile on Twitter.
AT&T didn’t think Mondays sucked enough, so today they enacted a policy change. Previously you were allowed to upgrade your device every 20 months at full discount. Starting on any contract ending after March 2014 you will have to wait the full 24 months to take advantage of an upgrade.
Verizon has already switched to the 24 month cycle leaving Sprint as the only major U.S. carrier still operating on a 20 month cycle for upgrades. T-Mobile has completely done away with contracts.
Enjoy you four extra months of outdated device ownership next year.