AT&T announced back in July they were moving forward to acquire Leap Wireless. This could bring Cricket Wireless under the AT&T wing and the purchase price was said to be more than $1 billion. Specifically, $1.19 billion. But while the plans were spelled out, that didn't mean the deal was finalized.
AT&T has announced a new special offer for the holiday season for shoppers looking for a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The offers were available starting yesterday and one will see buyers get a free seven-inch Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet with the purchase of a qualifying Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Customers will need to sign up for a new two-year contract for the qualifying smartphones.
The NSA has received a lot of backlash for its various spying activities, but it isn't the only entity that is paying for its activities. AT&T, which has long been interested in buying a wireless company in Europe, has received substantial resistance, with it being made known that any purchase that takes place will "face intense scrutiny."
This week the folks at AT&T have announced that they'll be bringing the next-generation ATIV S Neo to the market with Samsung's manufacturing finesse. This Windows Phone 8 device will be bringing on a 4.77-inch HD display with an 8 megapixel camera on its back and a 1.9 megapixel camera up front. This device will also be coming with a set of built-in apps like the full Microsoft Office suite.
Fon and AT&T announced a partnership back in September. At the time the talk was about how AT&T users traveling overseas would now have access to additional wireless hotspots, though, there was some chatter about this opening the door for US availability. With that in mind, Fon has announced the US availability beginning today.
Coming off some earlier rumors and leaks of a US release, Samsung has officially announced the availability of the Galaxy S4 mini. The handset will be coming to four US carriers and it is set to arrive next month. While Samsung has confirmed the phone will be arriving in November, we do still need specific release dates and prices from the carriers.
The iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will each support fourteen LTE bands, the greatest number of any of Apple's 4G-capable devices so far, with carriers like T-Mobile already trying to differentiate themselves from the crowd with the promise of bundled data. The two new tablets, announced this morning, will work with nine carriers' LTE networks in the US, including the big four, though only T-Mobile is offering 200MB of free data for those who choose to slot in the carrier's SIM.
It's been a while since anyone's been particularly excited about anything coming out of Nokia. There are quite a few people to rather excited about the Nokia Lumia 1520 that's powered by Windows Phone 8.1. AT&T announced today that it would be the exclusive carrier for the Lumia 1520 smartphone when it launches in the US.
Tesla's in-car telematics system relies on AT&T's HSPA+ network, the carrier has confirmed for the first time, part of AT&T's attempt to push its new mobility options which include intelligent SIMs that can split payments between car manufacturers and drivers. The system, which Tesla currently uses for sending telematics and car status data from the Model S back to home base, as well as to stream media content to the dashboard and show other infotainment content, will soon be opened up to using the car as a mobile hotspot, allowing passengers to get online through a shared connection.
Like death and taxes, the one thing inevitable about hotel WiFi is that it'll be expensive (not to mention often slow and unreliable). AT&T is aiming to keep people off the hotel network and buying piecemeal access to its LTE instead, with the launch of a $5 day data pass for its 4G service that's targeted at users who might not normally want to pay for an ongoing data package.