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.
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Enjoy you four extra months of outdated device ownership next year.
AT&T has finally flipped the switch and is allowing its GoPhone prepaid customers access to LTE / 4G. In the past users have only had access to the slower 3G network. This opens up a lot more opportunities to prepaid users on AT&T to fully take advantage of features in newer smartphones like the iPhone 5.
The plans on AT&T are still priced high when compared to offerings from other carriers such as T-Mobile. AT&T offers a $65 a month, 1GB plan. Be sure to shop around when looking for a good prepaid deal.
AT&T and Sprint have both announced they will be offering the HTC One on April 19th. The HTC flagship handset will be available with 32 GB of internal storage on both carriers for $199.99 with a new two-year qualifying agreement.
AT&T will also be offering a 64 GB version of the HTC One for $299.99.
The HTC One has a 4.7 inch LCD display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixel) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery.
The HTC One will be available for pre-orders through AT&T on Thursday, April 4th and on Sprint, Friday, April 5th.
You can follow the links below to sign-up to be notified when the pre-order pages launch.
AT&T will open for pre-orders starting April 16th. The Samsung Galaxy S IV will cost you $249.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement. No date was giving when the handset will actually arrive, but in the mean time you can follow this link to sign-up for more information.
Verizon and Sprint have been silent about a launch date or pre-order information. T-Mobile has mentioned that the smartphone would be available by May 1st, but no additional information has been released.
BlackBerry fans it’s starting to become a reality that the BlackBerry Z10 will soon be here. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th AT&T customers will be able to place their pre-orders for the BlackBerry 10 handset. The BlackBerry Z10 we will be available in AT&T stores March 22nd.
“AT&T customers were the first to experience BlackBerry smartphones and services in the U.S. and we are thrilled to bring the next evolution, the BlackBerry Z10, to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility. “Customers who have grown to love the tried and true BlackBerry experience will continue to enjoy the easy typing and the secure platform they expect with a fresh platform that lets them get more out of their smartphone with easy access to all their messages in BlackBerry Hub.”
The BlackBerry Z10 will cost $199.99 with a new qualify two-year agreement. If you want to pre-order you can follow this link to AT&T.