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Enjoy you four extra months of outdated device ownership next year.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.
It looks like the BlackBerry Z10 is going to be available March 15th at AT&T, making AT&T the first of the three carriers to carry the handset. We already know T-Mobile and Verizon will be carrying the Z10 towards the end of this month. T-Mobile on March 27th and Verizon 28th one day apart from each other.
It’s surprising to see AT&T sneak into the picture with the BlackBerry Z10 before the other two carriers. Either way, BlackBerry fans can’t wait for the handset arrive.
AT&T will be acquiring what’s left of Alltel after coming to an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Alltel is ATNI United States retail wireless operation, which has approximately 585,000 subscribers. The agreement allows AT&T to acquire properties that include licenses, network assets and retail stores for $780 million in cash.
Currently Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. covers about 4.6 million people in primarily 6 states across the country that are Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.
This is a good purchase for AT&T as ATNI spectrum in the 700 MHz, 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands are complementary to AT&T’s existing network. Alltel users can expect significant network upgrades and existing AT&T customers who have roaming issues in these areas will be able to take advantage of the enhanced mobile Internet experience. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2013.
AT&T has announced that the company is going to start enabling FaceTime over their Cellular network at no extra cost to their customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device.
AT&T had made FaceTime available only to customers who signed up for their Mobile Share plan. Users with “unlimited” plans still cannot use FaceTime over cellular. You will need to switch to a tiered or Mobile Share product. While I give AT&T credit for offering the service to more users, they really just need to open it up to all users.
Senior Vice President of Data and Voice Products, Mark Collins stated, “We have already begun updating our systems and processes and expect to start rolling the update out to customers on an ongoing basis beginning in the next couple of weeks. Customers do not need to do anything – the update will be applied automatically over the next few months.”
If you are in the market for a new phone or a new network AT&T has a special offer if you are interested in the Windows 8 line of devices. AT&T’s deal is simple, buy one Windows 8 phone such as the HTC Windows Phone 8X, or the Nokia Lumina 920 and get 100 dollars off a second device. This is the same deal they recently ran for Samsung devices.
Now as with all deals like this there are a few stipulations; first to receive the deal you must sign a two-year contract for both the devices, second the two devices must be the same exact model, and finally when you receive the 100 dollars off it will be taken off of the lower priced phone and if the phone is less than 100 dollars its free. You do not have to decide to buy both devices on the same day, you can buy one and return to buy the other anytime between now and February 21st.AT&T is also keeping true to their 14 day buyers remorse period, so should you dislike the phone simply take it back within 14 days of purchase and exchange it for another Windows 8 phone.
If you are activating a new AT&T account or just upgrading your existing AT&T account you can take advantage of this offer. The offer continues through January 21st.