AT&T is augmenting its selection of budget Android devices with two new offerings. Samsung's 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 goes on sale this week while the HTC Desire 610 smartphone wiill be available on July 25, bringing the carrier's more budget-conscious customers more choices for their next mobile device purchase.
GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.
AT&T’s scheme for sponsored data is taking shape. The carrier has teamed up with Syntonic Wireless, which will serve as a conduit for free roaming. What began as a trial run and a few partners is quickly blooming into a new platform.
Dish has come out in opposition to the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger. Speaking to the FCC, the satellite provider says the deal presents “serious competitive concerns” for the industry. They also don’t see how any damage would be mitigated or reversed.
Amazon’s Fire Phone is a pretty cool piece of tech. It’s the right size, has a very respectable spec sheet, and the price is fair (not great). All that adds up to enough reason most people would want to snatch one up when it becomes available. In theory, I’d love to as well; here’s why I wont.
The Amazon Fire Phone has arrived exclusively on AT&T in two editions, both rolling out with a full suite of Amazon products and services. The smaller of these devices works with 32GB of internal storage, while the larger will roll with 64GB of internal storage. The device’s launch date appears to be the same regardless of size, set for July 25th, 2014.
When it comes to quiet, reserved CEOs, T-Mobile chief John Legere hardly qualifies, but the outspoken exec has been even more forthright today amid chatter of an AT&T exclusive on the new Amazon phone. Reports earlier suggested Amazon has inked a deal with AT&T to be the sole carrier offering its new, 3D-toting smartphone, something Legere believes is officially A Bad Idea.
The Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive, it's reported, and is expected to begin shipping in September in time for the 2014 holiday season. The handset, so-far unnamed, is believed to be revealed on Wednesday this week by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an event in Seattle, and use an innovative face tracking technology to deliver 3D graphics.