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AT&T’s Apple SIM lock-down undermines iPad LTE flexibility

AT&T’s Apple SIM lock-down undermines iPad LTE flexibility

Apple may be trying to further squeeze out the carriers with Apple SIM, its solution to allowing travelers the easiest access to iPad data plans on local networks, but that doesn't mean the carriers themselves are going to make it easy. While AT&T and others may be participating with Apple's multi-carrier SIM scheme, once they've got customers signed up they may not let them switch away as readily as the Cupertino firm envisaged. Indeed, AT&T has confirmed to SlashGear that if you initially pick its network, there's no going elsewhere on the same SIM.

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Kindle Fire HDX 7 lands on AT&T to help Fire Phone sales

Kindle Fire HDX 7 lands on AT&T to help Fire Phone sales

You may have heard that Amazon is entering a trying financial period, and that its first ever smartphone isn't helping its cause. Some are pinning the Fire Phone's failure on its exclusive availability to AT&T but now the carrier seems to be trying to make up for lost time, sales, and pride. It is announcing the arrival of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, the 7-inch kind, and although you can buy it on its own, AT&T will give you a slightly sweeter deal if you purchase it with the Fire Phone.

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Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Just as Samsung revealed a late-season upgrade to their Galaxy S4 with the "LTE-A" model last year, this year’s Galaxy S5 Plus has arrived. Here in 2014, this means an upgrade past the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 to a higher-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 2.5GHz clock speed, Krait 450 CPUs, and Adreno 420 GPUs. What’s all that mean to the lay person? It means it can process better, harder, faster, stronger. This device also works with LTE Cat. 6 instead of Cat. 4, meaning you can go faster once again - supposing you've got LTE Cat. 6 in your area, that is to say.

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Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am's smartwatch has been officially unveiled right on time, and it's called the Puls ("pulse"). We've heard bits and pieces about the smartwatch over this past year, and it was originally expected the device would be available this summer. That didn't pan out, but is of little matter now, with the smartwatch finally be rolled out and (some of) the pertinent details with it. Among other things, the smartwatch can be used independent of a smartphone, and will be available to those in the United States via AT&T.

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Nexus 6: big for carriers, OnePlus, and Motorola

Nexus 6: big for carriers, OnePlus, and Motorola

Nexus 6 might be the phone you’re looking for this Fall and Winter, with it’s big screen and top-end spec sheet. Even if you’re a fan of Nexus (I am) and are in the market for a new phone, there’s one important aspect of the newest Nexus that will make you think twice about swarming the Play Store October 29 to snap one up. At $649, the Nexus 6 is the most expensive starting price for a Nexus phone ever.

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AT&T scores PadFone X mini exclusive, available Oct 24

AT&T scores PadFone X mini exclusive, available Oct 24

Fulfilling a promise it made, ASUS is bringing yet another of its PadFone smartphone/tablet hybrids to the US market. And just like with its namesake, the PadFone X, it is again arriving exclusively to AT&T. The PadFone X mini offers that same flexibility of a 2-in-1 device, this time in a smaller and more handy size, without losing the advantages of AT&T's 4G LTE network. Of course, it is considerably less equipped than its older and bigger sibling, but the rather low no contract price does make up for it.

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AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

Back in April, AT&T revealed that it was looking at a bunch of locations to which it might expand its gigabit Internet service. Though no timeline or definite we're-going-to-do-it promise was given, the service provider has indeed moved ahead with its plans. Four of the previously revealed locations will soon be getting AT&T's GigaPower service: Chicago, the Atlanta area, Newnan, and Decatur. Construction is set to start some time this year, but when the service will be available isn't yet known.

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Nexus 6 from AT&T accidentally revealed

Nexus 6 from AT&T accidentally revealed

Before your heart starts to skip a beat, know that this might have just been an innocent error. Either someone pressed the "Publish" button too soon or actually messed up in typing in details. Either way, those errors are leading to some hope that AT&T might have some space reserved for the Nexus 6, possibly immediately after its official launch even. If true, this would make the Nexus 6 the first ever Nexus smartphone that will be sold directly by the carrier.

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Is AT&T’s Passport roaming really the best Ma Bell can do?

Is AT&T’s Passport roaming really the best Ma Bell can do?

Death, taxes, and sky-high international roaming fees that make you wish you'd stayed in Nantucket: there are some things you can count on. Still, US carriers are making some small waves in paring back the cost of using a cellphone abroad, and latest up is AT&T with a set of three Passport plans that, from $30, include unlimited messaging and WiFi at select hotspots, along with a chunk of data and some subsidized - but still, it has to be said, not inexpensive - voice call rates.

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AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T and the FTC have settled an ongoing spat about customer billing. The dust-up surrounds add-ons customers may have found on their bill for custom ringtones and the like. Though those goods were purchased from third-parties, and added on the bill to streamline payments, many customers took issue with the practice, and felt the charges were either egregious or just plain wrong. Now that AT&T — like T-Mobile and Apple before them — has settled with the FTC, it cleans up an unfortunate mess.

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