The massive smartphone with a bend to it coming to the United States courtesy of LG called the LG G Flex is about to arrive on AT&T this week. The folks at AT&T responsible for releasing information about this device suggest that there's a few oddities on this device that aren't there for the international version, namely AT&T apps, but also a set of powerful components that make this release just as powerful as any other iteration released nationally or internationally.
LG's G Flex will go on sale in the US from January 31st, with the curved OLED smartphone unsurprisingly commanding top-tier pricing for its unusual form-factor. The smartphone, which we reviewed last month, will be a hefty $299.99 with a new, two-year agreement, though in return you get lengthy battery life - thanks to a specially-crafted curved battery - and a 13-megapixel camera.
T-Mobile has been talking Wideband LTE at CES, with early trials showing 147 Mbps downloads, while real-time tests of the carrier's existing 4G network are already out-performing AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The carrier is using Speedtest.net results for a more timely indication of how T-Mobile's 4G compares to that of rivals. Meanwhile CEO John Legere ramped up his war with AT&T with the promise of a Cease & Desist letter.
T-Mobile and its CEO, John Legere, have been teasing its plan to offer to pay early termination fees (ETF) for customers that transfer in from another carrier. All of the details of T-Mobile's Uncarrier 4.0 plan that the ETF payoff is thought to be part of are expected to come at CES, possibly today. Ahead of the official talk about the plan, an ad has surfaced from T-Mobile.
LG has confirmed the US launch plans for the LG G Flex, with the curved smartphone set to launch later this quarter. The phone will be offered on AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Sprint, the first curved handset to hit US shelves (unless Samsung can sneak in first with its Galaxy Round, of course).
Chevrolet has detailed its "Connected by OnStar" 4G intentions for 2014, confirming which of the cars in its range will be first to get AT&T LTE as standard, and we went hands-on with some of the first apps for the new connected car platform. First announced back at Mobile World Congress 2013, the scheme will see 4G connectivity no longer the preserve of luxury vehicles alone, with GM choosing a spread of cars from the cheapest Spark through to the feistiest Corvette Stingray to be among the first models to go online. It's not just turning a car into a mobile hotspot, either; Chevrolet aims to use the technology to demystify the whole vehicle ownership experience.
Reports surfaced last month that T-Mobile had a plan to convert subscribers from other carriers. That plan involved paying some of the early termination fees for new subscribers to T-Mobile that ditched their current carrier. A source claimed that T-Mobile planned to pay up to $350 in credit to cover the early termination fees charged by other carriers for converts.
AT&T has been awarded a patent that would let the company track subscriber browsing behavior, assign them a "reputation score", and then block "high-risk" subscribers from being able to access file-sharing services. The patent is called "Methods, devices and computer program products for regulating network activity using a subscriber scoring system". In other words, the blocking system could rely on tracking software installed on subscriber computers. The patent was spotted by TorrentFreak and relayed by Gigaom.