The iPhone 5s has been available for several months now inside the United States, and here near the end of November of 2013 we're seeing the first push of an unlocked, off-contract iteration of the smartphone. This device has been available off-contract inside the USA previous to today, but until now we've not seen the fully SIM-free iteration of the device.
Wireless subscribers have been hit by scheming and scamming third parties over the years who trick customers into subscribing to premium text messaging services. These services send the user text messages and then charge money to the user's wireless bill. Many consumers simply pay these bills without realizing a bogus charge has been added.
Back in August, we mentioned that smartphone and tablet maker Samsung had proposed installing kill switches on its smartphones and other gadgets by default. These kill switches would render the smartphone useless if it was stolen. The idea sounds good enough in theory, but the top wireless carriers have rejected the idea.
AT&T has announced the pending launch of a new product that helps parents keep their kids safe when they can't be with their children. The product is called the Amber Alert GPS device and will be available via AT&T for $129.99. The Amber Alert GPS is a communication and location device that will be available starting November 22.
Nokia confirmed the Lumia 2520 tablet with Windows RT last month. At the time they offered details on the tablet itself as well as the price. We were expecting Nokia to release this in the US sometime soon, and it looks like those details have just been made official. The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is coming to AT&T on November 22nd.
Coming off a rather long testing phase, Isis Mobile Wallet has launched nationwide today. The digital wallet service is arriving with support from three of the big four US carriers and basically means users will be able to make mobile payments with their NFC-equipped smartphone. The catch of course, having a supported device and finding a location that will accept mobile payments.
Late last month we mentioned that the Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone would be an AT&T exclusive in the US. One of the things we didn't know was exactly when pre-orders would kick off for the device in the US. Nokia has announced that pre-orders for the Lumia 1520 began as of yesterday.
AT&T has been working to expand its coverage map, something that will grow over the course of 2014 due to a finalized acquisition of Alltel's assets. Following this, the carrier has announced an expansion to its 4G LTE network in particular into fourteen new regions, some of which are fairly small mid-western locations.