Though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is headed to a number of Best Buy stores today, you’ll be amongst a very, very rare few if you happen to be close to one of the stores participating. This week the Galaxy S5 hits pre-order with AT&T, and as Best Buy is one of the few 3rd-party retailers that carries Samsung gear, be it AT&T or otherwise, you’ll find the device there for all the hands-on action you desire. The catch is that only around 100 Best Buy stores in the United States will be showing the Galaxy S5 off today, while the rest will be getting the device in for show inside the next couple of weeks.
Starting tomorrow, Samsung will be offering the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with 4G LTE and the whole works with a ship date in early April. Meanwhile it does not appear that AT&T has a solid date for when the Galaxy S5 will be available in stores exactly. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available through AT&T starting tomorrow on pre-order with a price of $199.99 attached to a 2-year contract.
AT&T and Leap Wireless have been working to get an acquisition deal approved by the FCC. That approval came this month and the deal was quickly finalized. The purchase of Leap Wireless, which operates under the Cricket Wireless brand, means that customers of Cricket will be moving to a new network.
A new version of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet, this time packing integrated LTE connectivity for getting online while on the move, will go on sale from March 18th. The Windows RT slate will use AT&T's 4G network and be priced at $679 for the 64GB version, and is the first of Microsoft's Surface series of tablets to include integrated mobile broadband.
After months of waiting, the FCC approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, which gave it the better known prepaid service Cricket Wireless. Soon after approval was given, AT&T announced the acquisition was completed, and it seems wasted no time getting the ball rolling. As a result of the business move, the carrier's subsidiary Aio Wireless will fizzle away, being absorbed into Cricket.
AT&T revealed last July plans to acquire Leap Wireless, which would bring Cricket Wireless under its wing. In November, the company achieved stockholder approval, and earlier today received a thumbs-up on the deal from the Federal Communications Commission. Shortly after, the carrier announced a finalization of the purchase.
Audi and AT&T have confirmed pricing for the integrated 4G LTE connection in the 2015 A3, offering both 6-month and 30-month standalone subscriptions, in addition to plans to include the new sedan in Mobile Share later this year. The car, which will be officially launched this month, will come with six months of LTE service for Audi Connect in the US when new, after which data access will be priced from $99.
The battle lines have been drawn and it’s time for AT&T to make the next move in the wireless carrier price war. T-Mobile raised the bar by announcing radical new increments in the flagship Simple Choice Plans. According to their announcement documented here, T-Mobile will now offer subscribers 1GB of high-speed 4G LTE data and tethering and unlimited international texting at no extra charge. To counter this move, AT&T has decided to slash the prices of the single-line and two-line no-contract accounts.
As companies the world over trot out new and upcoming offerings at MWC 2014, AT&T has announced a further expansion of its international LTE Roaming network, ushering it in to 13 additional countries. This brings the total countries through which its customers can get LTE roaming to more than 200.