Posts Tagged ‘ATT’
RIM announces the Blackberry Z10 and Q10 for new generation hope.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 05:57 Written by LoganDX Wednesday, 30 January 2013 05:57
RIM has been struggling to keep its hold on the market with Android and iPhone offering better devices, more apps and a decidedly cooler experience. Their Blackberry handsets could be seen in every executive’s hands but not any more. Research In Motion went back to the drawing board in an attempt to reinvigorate their sluggish sales and their concentrated efforts gave birth to the Android\iPhone clone Z10 and the familiar looking Q10.
The Z10 is a sexy beast of a phone, reminding one of the reborn Motorola RAZR line. It packs 1280 x 768 pixels in a 4.2 inch screen, 2GB of RAM, a dual-core 4470 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of on board storage, LTE, WiFi, NFC, an 8 megapixel backside camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera and is capable of up to 1080p video recording. It’s also the first full touchscreen Blackberry minus the famous keyboard.
Verizon is the only carrier announcing pricing for the Z10 – $200 on a two-year contract. AT&T is sure to announce pricing soon and probably also right at that magical $200 mark. U.K. Blackberry lovers will be able to snag one up tomorrow but U.S. folks will have to wait until March.
Blackberry also wanted to keep the keyboard jockeys happy with their Q10, hit the break for details on that bad boy…
AT&T’s FaceTime shenanigans might be getting them in hot water!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:27 Written by LoganDX Tuesday, 18 September 2012 05:30
AT&T faced the ire of many iPhone users when it announced they would only be able to use FaceTime over WiFi or their new shared data plans. Users rightfully cried foul as using it on a wireless network pretty much defeats the purpose and using it on shared data almost guarantees a costly overage. What the Death Star didn’t take into consideration was it could affect the FCC’s network neutrality rules from 2010.
A bevy of open-Internet groups are making the rounds, claiming they intend to file a formal complaint with the FCC. The prevailing thought is that it forces subscribers to pony up more dough to use a feature that is a selling point of the devices. Matt Wood of the Free Press puts it perfectly: “AT&T’s decision to block FaceTime unless a customer pays for voice and text minutes she doesn’t need is a clear violation of the FCC’s Open Internet rules … it’s particularly outrageous that AT&T is requiring this for iPad users, given that this device isn’t even capable of making voice calls.”
As many people have found out, the FCC’s rules surrounded net neutrality are vague at best. No one is exactly sure if the carrier has violated the rules there but they could be in trouble if it’s determined they’re blocking FaceTime to force users over to their own competing services. That for sure is a no-no for the FCC! AT&T is of course defending their newest, customer unfriendly policy, claiming it’s to save the poor, poor abused network.
Time for the iDevice users on AT&T to wait, possibly for nothing. My geek sympathies go out to you!
2 Million iPhone 5 Pre-orders In 24 Hours
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:55 Written by Laddie13 Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:55
Apple announced that 2 million iPhone 5 preorders were taken within a 24 hour time period. This doubles the amount of first day pre-orders that were taken for the 4S from last year. iPhone 5 is now Apple’s fastest selling smart phone to date. Apple’s marketing boss Phillip Schiller had the following to say, “iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response has been phenomenal. iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”
The pre-ordering began last Friday on the Internet at 12:01 PST/3:01 EST and within an hour Apple was out of their launch day inventory. Verizon, AT&T announced by early Friday afternoon they were sold out of launch day pre-order stock as well. Read all the details from Apple’s press release: Read more: 2 Million iPhone 5 Pre-orders In 24 Hours
Unlimited Data Plans And The IPhone 5
Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 01:16 Written by Laddie13 Friday, 14 September 2012 04:00
If you are a Verizon subscriber thinking about upgrading to an iPhone 5 and would like to keep your unlimited data plan it’s going to cost you. Cheers everywhere were heard when Verizon confirmed that if you were grandfathered into an unlimited data plan that FaceTime would be free over cellular connections without having to upgrade to a new shared data plan. That also applies to the new iPhone 5 that is if you are willing to pay full price or $649 or more for Apple’s next smartphone.
No explanation has been offered on this madness but here’s Verizon’s official statement:
If you are an existing customer and want to keep your Nationwide Usage Based plan, you can keep your plan, purchase the iPhone at the discounted price with a 2 yr customer agreement. If you have a Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan, you can pay full price for your iPhone 5 and keep your unlimited data plan.
Only customers who are new to Verizon Wireless will select from Share Everything Plans. Read more: Unlimited Data Plans And The IPhone 5