The smartphone that changes everything is now available for purchase. The HTC One is unquestionably the best Android smartphone on the market right now, and it is available for purchase beginning Friday from both AT&T and Sprint. T-Mobile will then launch the sleek new smartphone next Wednesday. The HTC One release comes at a time when HTC absolutely needs a successful launch to help stop the bleeding. Unfortunately, the One has just over a week on store shelves at AT&T and Sprint before Samsung’s Galaxy S4 launches and draws away the spotlight. More →
It looks like Samsung’s Galaxy S4, one of the most highly anticipated smartphones of year, finally has a ship date on the nation’s leading smartphone carrier. AT&T on Tuesday made the Galaxy S4 available for preorder starting at $199.99 on a two-year agreement for the 16GB model. The phone will ship by April 30th according to the carrier’s website, and Engadget reports that handsets will be delivered to those who preorder by Friday, May 3rd. The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
AT&T (T) on Tuesday announced plans to build an advanced fiber optic network that is capable of speeds up to 1Gbps in Austin, Tex. The company’s announcement came shortly after Google (GOOG) confirmed that it will launch its gigabit broadband Internet service, known as Google Fiber, in the city later next year. AT&T didn’t reveal additional details such as an estimated launch date, although the company said it is anticipating that it will “be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives.” AT&T’s press release follows below. More →
With smartphones, as with any category of consumer electronics, we have no choice but to accept compromises. This has been the case throughout the history of cell phones and it continues to hold true even with best handsets on the market today. Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 features a class-leading design with fast, smooth software, but it has a comparatively small display and lacks some of the great new functionality we’ve seen introduced on other platforms in recent years. The Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III is a sleek handset with a stunning screen and a great feature set, but it feels like a cheap toy, as does its successor. Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia 920 packs plenty of punch in a sleek package, but it’s thick and heavy, and it is missing a boatload of top apps. It’s inevitable — some level of compromise is inherent in all smartphones. More →
HTC’s (2498) new HTC One smartphone is one of the most stunning handsets ever to hit the market and it is now finally available for preorder in the United States. AT&T (T) on Thursday became the first U.S. carrier to begin taking preorders for the upcoming flagship HTC handset, which is set to hit store shelves on April 19th. Sprint (S) will then follow AT&T’s lead and make the HTC One available for preorder beginning on April 5th ahead of the same April 19th launch date. The HTC One features a 4.7-inch HD Super LCD3 display, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Links to AT&T and Sprint’s respective preorder pages can be found below.
AT&T (T) saw a fair amount of consumer backlash following its recent announcement that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 would start at $249.99, so the carrier has seemingly had a change of heart. When the announcement was first made, AT&T was careful to avoid mentioning the amount of storage its $250 Galaxy S4 would ship with, and now it has confirmed in a blog post that the 32GB version will be the handset that costs $249.99 while the 16GB model will cost a customary $199.99 on contract. Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon processor (U.S. model), up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. AT&T subscribers will be able to preorder the Galaxy S4 beginning on April 16th.
If the AT&T-Verizon takeover of Vodafone actually goes through, it might represent an earthquake in mobile roaming. AT&T’s (T) acquisition of Vodafone’s portfolio of carriers would mean that it would be able to offer American customers new roaming prices not only to major European tourist and business travel targets like the U.K., Germany and Italy, but also popular international destinations like Australia, Turkey, South Africa and Egypt. The old Vodafone-Verizon (VZ) alliance always had a major stumbling block that prevented effective roaming: The lack of a wide range of mobile phones that would have supported the different W-CDMA and CDMA2000 technologies the two carriers employed. More →
A new report claims that two unlikely partners may team up to acquire the world’s second-largest mobile carrier. According to the Financial Times, Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are working on a breakup bid for European carrier Vodafone (VOD) that would value the company at $245 billion, a 40% premium over its current valuation of $115. The deal would see Verizon take control of the 45% stake Vodafone currently owns in Verizon Wireless, while Vodafone’s business outside of the U.S. would go to AT&T. Earlier reports suggested that Verizon and Vodafone were actively discussing ways to resolve their relationship in the form of a merger or possibly a full or partial buyout. More →
AT&T (T) on Tuesday announced that it will launch the HTC One on April 19th and pricing will start at $199.99. The carrier will sell two different versions of HTC’s (2498) new flagship smartphone, a 32GB version for $199.99 and a 64 GB model that will cost $299.99 with a two-year contract, and preorder availability will begin on April 4th. Key specs include a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, a 4.7-inch full HD display, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. BGR reviewed the HTC One earlier this week and said it was the best Android smartphone we’ve ever tested. AT&T’s full press release follows below. More →
AT&T (T) is planning to follow in T-Mobile’s footsteps by deploying HD Voice technology over its LTE network by the end of the year. Per AllThingsD, AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne said that “HD Voice is part of our voice over LTE strategy” and that the company would have it up and running sometime in 2013. HD Voice, which T-Mobile said would be available on its recently launched LTE network, is a type of voice technology that aims to deliver clearer voice calls and eliminate most background noise by using an algorithm that significantly increases the number of voice frequencies transmitted.
AT&T (T) on Monday announced the availability of Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE tablet online and in stores later this week. AT&T is selling the tablet for $399 and will allow customers to add the device to their existing Mobile Share plans for $10 a month. However the carrier also says it will knock off $150 for customers who sign a two-year service agreement, lowering the overall cost to $249. The Kindle Fire HD is equipped with an 8.9-inch 1920 × 1200 pixel display, 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor. More →
Customers eagerly awaiting the arrival of the HTC One in the United States may not have to wait much longer. According to a leaked document published by Engadget, the company’s latest flagship smartphone will reportedly be available for preorder on April 5th from AT&T (T). The carrier will offer the HTC One in a 32GB model option for $249.99 with a new two-year agreement and an exclusive 64GB model for $299.99. The smartphone is equipped with a 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and a 4.3-”ultrapixel” rear camera. HTC (2498) previously confirmed that the handset would be released at the end of the month. BGR recently reviewed the HTC One and called it the best Android smartphone in the world.
Earlier this week, T-Mobile CEO John Legere revealed that his company would be the first carrier to offer Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S4 smartphone in the United States. Not to be outdone, AT&T (T) on Thursday announced that customers will be able to pre-order the Galaxy S4 beginning on April 16th. The company is offering Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone for $249.99 with a new two-year service agreement. AT&T did not announce a release date for the device, however. The Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. More →