If you’ve seen an ASUS-made smartphone here in the United States in the past few years, it’s been a real oddity. Today the folks at AT&T are about to make that change with their announcement of the ASUS PadFone X. This device brings on the heat with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel 5-inch display on a phone that can slide into and dock with a tablet that then uses said phone’s abilities.
Dominating the sales demographics on most carriers, Apple remains the top smartphone vendor, helping push smartphones to an 87% market share in the US. The Q1 2014 numbers also show a 7% growth versus last year, and highlight a breakdown of sales by OEM and carrier. Though there are some suprising statistics, Apple’s dominance is not one of them.
A regulatory filing for the AT&T acquisition of DirecTV shows the deal could go pear-shaped if the NFL doesn’t play ball. Sunday Ticket, DirecTV’s popular NFL package, is up for renewal. If they can’t come up with an amicable new deal with the NFL, DirecTV and AT&T could go their separate ways.
AT&T has inked a deal to buy DirectTV, the carrier has confirmed, spending $48.5bn to grab the pay TV service in what it says will be an unprecedented evolution in on-demand video. The agreement, a mixture of cash and stock, will be used to push non-cable broadband into new areas, as well as deliver premium TV content for whose who don't necessarily want traditional service.
According to sources, the AT&T purchase of DirecTV is going to be announced tomorrow. Those familiar with the deal say it’s finalized, and just waiting on an announcement. Breaking news of the deal on a Sunday is odd, but the source of this may be even stranger.
The FCC's vote on net neutrality proposals is sinking in, and carriers, telcos, and others with a vested interest have spared little time weighing in with their position. Unsurprisingly some of the heavyweights like Comcast and Verizon aren't mincing their words, with the general stance being one of eagerness for clarity, but at the same time warning of ominous times if things don't go exactly how they're hoping.
The team responsible for letting the world know about HD Voice with AT&T (aka VoLTE) have made a surprisingly simple case of it. They’ve suggested that upgrading to HD Voice - or High-definition Voice, if you prefer - is like trading your low-def television from the 1980s in for an HD TV from our modern market. You’ll never want to go back, they say.
GM has confirmed OnStar 4G pricing for the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models getting baked-in LTE this year, including supporting tagging your car onto your existing AT&T Mobile Share plan. Plans for those without AT&T service but signed up for OnStar will kick off at $5 for 200MB of data per month, rising to $50 for 5GB.
In the ongoing Net Neutrality debate, AT&T has chimed in claiming that a proposed change simply won’t help. The company is specifically speaking about reclassification of broadband Internet as a telecommunications service. They claim that making broad, sweeping changes don’t actually help anyone, especially the consumer.
The ability to text an emergency to 911 has long been in the works, and will finally be realized this month. Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be able to handle your 911 texts. While the program is not designed to take the place of calls to 911, it does provide a necessary option for those in dangerous circumstances.