AT&T certainly made ripples in the industry last summer when they announced that they were going to acquire Leap Wireless for $1.19 billion. Just in case you were wondering, Leap Wireless happens to also own Cricket Wireless, who is a prepaid carrier. This particular move was taken by AT&T in order to help it expand the capacity as well as performance of its LTE network. Leap’s shareholders naturally gave the deal the go ahead a few months after that, but since then, everything on the ground has remained pretty much silent. Until now, that is.
With our smartphones in tow, we usually have access to data, whether it be 3G or 4G LTE, while we drive. It’s probably not the best idea to be using your phones while you drive, which is why Audi and AT&T have recently teamed up and announced a new plan in which they will be offering 4G LTE data plans to Audi’s 2015 A3 Sedan which will be released later this month.
According to the companies, this will be the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE connection offered in North America. The goal is to provide a way for the car’s infotainment system to be used in a similar way that one uses a smartphone, but at the same time reduce the driver’s need to look at their smartphones while they drive. (more…)
While Magenta might not be T-Mobile’s official name, it is what the carrier is referred to at times, just like how some people still refer to AT&T as Ma Bell, and how Verizon is also sometimes known as Big Red. That being said, magenta is also the color used by T-Mobile in their logo and unsurprisingly they weren’t too pleased when they discovered that AT&T’s Aio Wireless used the same color as them, which ultimately led to a lawsuit. Naturally AT&T claims that they did not use the magenta color, but we guess their argument is invalid as the courts have ruled in T-Mobile’s favor.
According to a statement that T-Mobile released upon learning about their win, “The court agreed with us that Aio can’t continue infringing T-Mobile’s magenta mark by using large blocks of what it has called “plum,” and told Aio to stop using magenta or similar colors in all of its marketing and advertising, including stores, web sites and social media.” This was also followed up by a rather spiteful tweet by T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, who wrote, “Young bullies steal lunch money, old bullies steal brand colors, right #Randall? Too bad we fight for our brand color”. What do you guys think? Are the colors any cause for concern of mistaken identity?
The second largest mobile carrier in the U.S. recently announced its quarterly earnings, it posted revenue above analysts estimates and also revealed that it wasn’t bleeding subscribers as was speculated over the past few months. However, the carrier remains under pressure from its rivals, particularly T-Mobile, which posted an impressive surge in subscribers as compared to the previous year. In a bid to entice more subscribers and retain those who might be contemplating a switch, the new AT&T family plan rates have been announced, the carrier says that they’re the “best-ever.”
Even though Nokia has released better successors for these smartphones, for some Windows Phone users the love affair with Microsoft’s mobile operating system started with the Lumia 920 as well as the Lumia 820, whereas the emerging markets fell head over heels for Lumia 520. After announcing their successors last year the company confirmed it will roll out a major update for these smartphones and today it has finally followed through on its promise. The Lumia Black update for AT&T Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones has been released.
Lumia Black Update Released For AT&T Lumia 920 And 820 original content from Ubergizmo.
The wait is finally over for HTC One X users. A couple of days back the company had revealed that this update had received technical approval, which meant that the roll out was imminent. Today, the AT&T HTC One X Android 4.2 update has finally been released, a few weeks after the carrier released Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the HTC One X+. The update is being rolled out in stages, so even if it hasn’t shown up in your region, it probably will as the day progresses.
AT&T has competing in a tough market, though it appears to be holding its ground. The company has announced earnings for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2013. Revenue of the wireless division surged 16.8 percent year-over-year to $33.8 billion, translating into net earnings of 53 cents per share, beating analysts’ estimates of 50 cents per share. Over 1.2 million postpaid smartphone customers jumped on the carrier last quarter, thus accounting for 93 percent of AT&T phone sales in 4Q 2013. AT&T also soid over 440,000 cellular enabled tablets between October and December 2013.
93 Percent Of AT&T Phone Sales Last Quarter Were Smartphones original content from Ubergizmo.
In the past we have seen how AT&T has attempted to lure customers away from competing carriers, such as T-Mobile, by offering them free credit as well as the ability to trade-in their smartphone for credit as well. Last we heard, AT&T was willing to offer T-Mobile customers up to $450 in credit but now according to a new announcement by the carrier, it seems that they have their eyes set on pretty much the entire carrier industry and have revealed a new plan to lure customers away and onto their network. Based on the new plan, AT&T is expected to offer all new and existing customers $100 in credit on their bill for every new line that they open.
This offer will extend to smartphones, tablets, feature phones, and wireless home phone lines that are bundled with AT&T’s 4G LTE service. Unfortunately this is not a permanent offer as AT&T will be putting an end to this deal come 31st of March. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are in a war right now for customers, with T-Mobile being the more aggressive of the two, offering up to $650 to make customers switch over, where the $650 will cover the cost of you possibly buying your way out of a contract from a different carrier. We suppose at the end of the day the customers are the ones who win, so we can’t really complain, right?
AT&T Entices New And Existing Customers With Free Credit original content from Ubergizmo.
If you have been on the lookout for the LG G Flex, then you would be pleased to take note that the smartphone is already available via AT&T, not too soon after its pre-orders went live last week. Of course, as for our friends who happen to live across the pond, you need not fret, since the LG G Flex is tipped to arrive at over 20 different countries in Europe. T-Mobile users will have to be a little bit more patient though since their LG G Flex will only arrive next month, clearly giving AT&T a head start among the rest of the major mobile carriers in the market.
Despite the fact that Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 4.4 update for international variants of these devices, customers in the U.S., particularly those using carrier locked devices have yet to receive the update. Today, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update pre-release builds have been leaked online, coming from well known XDA Developers forum personality Designgears. The pre-release builds are bound to have more than a few bugs, but it will certainly provide KitKat hungry users their fix.
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