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.
The AT&T Developer Summit is being held today in Las Vegas. I’m prepped and ready to bring you all the news as it happens from the event. The keynote starts any minute now. Tune in to the above link to see the action as it happens.
Calling all Samsung fans, AT&T is a running a promotion on Galaxy products now through the 10th of January. When you purchase a Samsung Galaxy smartphone AT&T will give you a $100 off another Galaxy product.
This requires a qualifying 2 year-agreement and data plan. You can follow this link to AT&T to take advantage of this offer.
AT&T has expanded their 4G LTE market in four new metro areas bringing their total to 113 markets, covering 160 million people. AT&T’s goal is to reach 300 million on their 4G LTE network by the end of 2014 and the company is already more than half way there.
The new markets include:
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Nashua, New Hampshire
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Once again Verizon was the highest ranked mobile carrier in the U.S. but overall their satisfaction rating has dropped. The Consumer Reports survey was based off of voice / data service quality, staff knowledge and issue resolution. These results are based on polls from 63,250 subscribers.
The carriers all maintained their positions from last year with Sprint pulling in second place followed by T-Mobile and then AT&T. AT&T has a reputation of coming in dead last in this annual survey and we don’t see them instituting any changes to improve the scores anytime soon.
While AT&T did leave this satisfaction survey with a black eye, the respondents did give AT&T the highest score for their LTE network surpassing all of Verizon’s claims of biggest and best.
The complete results are available in the January 2013 Consumer Reports magazine or online via this link. (Subscription Required)
AT&T has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Express will be available starting November 16th.
The Galaxy Express comes equipped with some powerful specs and a nice affordable price of $100 with a qualifying two-year agreement. The Express will be running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), has a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2000 mAh battery.
For a limited time when you purchase a Samsung device like the Galaxy Express, AT&T is offering up to a $100 discount off a second Samsung device. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your phone now would be a good time to look at Samsung.
AT&T and Samsung have announced that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will arrive November 9th in stores priced at $499.99. AT&T is also giving customers a chance to get $100 off the purchase of any second connected Samsung device of lesser or equal value.
- 10.1 inch display
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 3 megapixel rear camera
- Front-facing VGA camera
- 7,000 mAh battery
You can follow this link to AT&T to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.
Pictures are “Frozen memories in time” some would say, but there isn’t always enough space on your smartphone to hold all those capturing moments. AT&T understands this and has provided their customers with AT&T Locker, a free and easy-to-use picture and video sharing service for both Android and iOS users.
With AT&T Locker, customers can get 5 GB of storage for free, which is enough for up to 5,000 average sized photos.
“Customers use smartphones to capture special moments in their lives. That’s why we designed AT&T Locker to help you store those memories,” said Mark Collins, senior vice president, Data and Voice Products, AT&T Mobility. “With Easy Upload, every photo and video is uploaded directly to AT&T’s cloud, which can be accessed safely and securely anytime from a customer’s smartphone or the Web.”
AT&T Locker allows users to upload their pictures or videos to a secure online storage and easily share them to their Facebook or Twitter. Your even able to customize albums online from a web browser.
If you love taking photos and 5 GB might not be enough space for you, AT&T has different tiers of storage available at very reasonable costs. For $3.99 a month you get 30 GB of storage and for $10 a month you get 100 GB.