This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.
JD Power has released their smartphone satisfaction survey, and the overall results are as you might expect. Among customers on the four major US carriers, Apple’s iPhone reigns supreme for overall customer satisfaction while Samsung is a close second. That mantle may cede in the coming years, as another finding from the survey undermines Apple’s current business model altogether.
While Google readies a Google Fiber for business test, AT&T has revealed plans to target additional consumers with its gigabit Internet network, AT&T U-verse with GigaPower. The company announced that it is eyeing 100 cities and municipalities across the nation, among them being 21 new "major metropolitan areas".
AT&T GoPhone customers are going to get the advantage of more data at no additional cost, thanks to the changes of the smartphone plans, which will come into effect from April 25, 2014. Features like access to 4G LTE network with no annual contract and Wi-Fi hotspot sweeten the deal. Truth be told, the value of a smartphone is only complete when it supported with the right data plan.
Sales of the HTC One M8 have begun in-store at carriers across the US today, with the new flagship Android smartphone turning up at AT&T locations among others. HTC surprised many by putting its new One M8 on sale the very day it was announced, though a brief exclusivity period kept it at Verizon stores only.
It’s a fight that’ll be fought on carrier displays - the HTC One M8 vs the Samsung Galaxy S5. Both devices have hit carriers this afternoon - the Samsung Galaxy S5 as early as this past Friday - with intent on taking the cake in Android-based smartphone supremacy. Of course they’re both aimed at taking the whole smartphone pie, but who is competing with who?
In a relatively unprecedented move for a top-tier smartphone in recent times, HTC has made the HTC One M8 available the same day it’s been revealed to the public. As HTC makes the HTC One M8 (the successor to the HTC One (codename M7) from 2013 their official newest smartphone, they also release it to pre-orders on some carriers and in-store availability in others. This availability includes both USA and UK carrier locations, as well.
Though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is headed to a number of Best Buy stores today, you’ll be amongst a very, very rare few if you happen to be close to one of the stores participating. This week the Galaxy S5 hits pre-order with AT&T, and as Best Buy is one of the few 3rd-party retailers that carries Samsung gear, be it AT&T or otherwise, you’ll find the device there for all the hands-on action you desire. The catch is that only around 100 Best Buy stores in the United States will be showing the Galaxy S5 off today, while the rest will be getting the device in for show inside the next couple of weeks.