AT&T's wholly owned prepaid carrier Aio Wireless is now offering the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
The company on Friday started letting customers order Apple's new handsets online and in stores. The iPhone 5C starts at $549.99, while customers who want the iPhone 5S can get their hands on that device for a starting price of $649.99.
Microsoft officials committed last week to providing an ARM-based Surface 2 tablet with LTE wireless connectivity in early 2014. This week, Surface execs disclosed that the Surface 2 with LTE would debut on AT&T and Vodafone first.
A number of current and potential Surface users have been requesting an LTE Surface. However, last year Microsoft officials said that the company's telemetry data showed that the majority of potential tablet purchasers didn't want or need LTE.
As GeekWire noted, Microsoft's Surface chief Panos Panay made the announcement at a Microsoft Surface promotional event in a Microsoft … Read more
AT&T wants to get a leg up on Google Fiber.
The company said on late Monday that it would launch its "GigaPower" super-fast home Internet service on December 1 in Austin, a city that Google has said it would deploy its own speedy Google Fiber service.
GigaPower would start with speeds of 300 megabit per second, or roughly 40 times the speed of the average U.S. Internet home connection, before upgrading customers to 1 gigabit per second next year. Google also plans to offer its own 1-gigabit connection some time next year.
By moving first … Read more
AT&T announced that it will be hawking the Pebble smartwatch come September 27. It will be the first mobile carrier to sell the watch, which not only tells the time but also wirelessly connects to users' smartphones.
Pebble was one of the first smartwatches to debut after its massive Kickstarter campaign last year. The watch reached its funding goal of $100,000, and then quickly surpassing it to raise a total of $10.2 million.
The $150 Bluetooth enabled smartwatch can alert users to e-mails and social-networking updates, as well as display caller ID information. The watch face … Read more
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam believes there's a shelf life on unlimited data plans.
As the wireless world moves toward delivering more video and becomes the center of communication, unlimited offerings aren't sustainable, McAdam said on Tuesday during an investor conference.
"With unlimited, it's the physics that breaks it," he said. "If you allow unlimited usage, you just run out of gas."
Verizon last year shed its unlimited data offering, instead opting for a tiered pricing model and family data plans that offer customers a bucket of data. The plans stand in contrast to … Read more
AT&T wants to get into the wireless show business.
The company is working on technology that would enable it to broadcast video directly to its customers via its cellular network, CEO Randall Stephenson said during an investor conference on Tuesday. He said the service could come in the next three years.
If the service sounds familiar, that's because Qualcomm attempted to do the same thing with its ill-fated MediaFlo service. Qualcomm used a thin layer of spectrum to create a broadcast video service with multiple live channels that could be picked up with compatible phones. The broadcasters … Read more
The gold and silver versions of the iPhone 5S could be particularly hard to find when it goes on sale on Friday.
The odds are slim that consumers waiting in line at an AT&T store for a gold or silver iPhone 5S will actually get one, according to AllThingsD. 9to5 Mac reported that carriers and U.S. retailers will have almost no gold or silver iPhone 5S inventory tomorrow.
One carrier source confirmed as much to CNET, while another carrier said it would be as bad or worse than a year ago.
The iPhone 5S looks like it … Read more
AT&T subscribers will be able to pick up Samsung's Galaxy S3 Mini smartphone for just under a buck.
The carrier announced Wednesday that it will offer the smaller version of the Galaxy S3 for 99 cents starting Friday, September 27. That price requires the usual two-year agreement. Eager buyers can preorder the phone via AT&T's Web site starting this Thursday, September 19.
"Our Galaxy family continues to grow and we're excited to offer the Galaxy S3 Mini as an option for customers seeking a premium smartphone experience at an outstanding value," … Read more
Have a hankering for a Google Nexus 7 tablet along with LTE service? AT&T feels it has an offer you can't resist. The carrier has now partnered with Google to sell a 32GB version of the slate complete with AT&T LTE 4G data access for $349.
Of course you can also buy a 32GB Nexus 7 model for the same $349 direct from the Google Play store without having to commit to a lengthy two-year service contract. As someone who mainly uses tablets at home over Wi-Fi, or free-load off of friends and family's … Read more