AT&T subscribers looking for a new Lumia smartphone who don’t want to pony up $300 for a killer camera — or $200, if you live in one of the markets BGR exclusively revealed to be running Lumia 1020 sales right now — the carrier will soon have a great new option for you. Nokia’s Lumia 925 smartphone will launch next month at AT&T for just $99.99 on contract, the same price Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 900 debuted at last year. Spec highlights include an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera, a 4.5-inch AMOLED display (334 ppi), a dual-core Snapdragon processor and a 2,000 mAh battery good for 6.6 hours of continuous video playback per charge. Preorders for the Lumia 925 begin on August 28th and the phone will be available online and in AT&T stores beginning September 13th. AT&T’s full press release follows below. More →
Motorola is dead, long live Motorola – a Google company. A new chapter in Motorola’s long and storied history has begun. The smartphone maker’s pre-acquisition roadmap has now run its course and everything we see from here on out will have been developed under Google’s watchful eye. The first such smartphone is the Moto X, which BGR absolutely loved when we reviewed it earlier this month, and it can finally be called the first real “Google Phone.” The Moto X represents Google’s vision of what an Android smartphone should be, and it also marks the first time a smartphone will be made to order right here in the U.S. thanks to Motorola’s “Moto Maker.” The Moto Maker is now live and the handset is also available AT&T’s site as well as in stores starting at $199.99 on contract.
The smaller, cheaper version of HTC’s flagship smartphone now has a home at Ma Bell. AT&T announced on Monday that it will start selling the HTC One mini on August 23rd for $99.99 with a two-year service agreement. The HTC One mini features a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 4G LTE, 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, an 1,800 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The device also comes with a lot of the key features that the HTC One has, including the BlinkFeed user interface, HTC’s Zoe camera technology and BoomSound speakers. AT&T’s press release follows below. More →
Samsung’s most massive phablet to date, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, will debut on AT&T and other wireless carriers in the U.S. later this month. Following Samsung’s announcement that the Mega 6.3 would be available in the U.S. from AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular beginning later this month, AT&T announced that it will launch the new 6.3-inch smartphone on August 23rd for $149.99 on contract. AT&T will also offer the phablet for $24 per month as part of its AT&T Next plan. Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 3,200 mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera along with its 6.3-inch display. AT&T’s full press release follows below. More →
We had a lot of great things to say about Lumia 1020 when we reviewed it last month, however the phone’s $300 price tag was a tough pill to swallow. Nokia’s cutting-edge 41-megapixel PureView camera likely warrants the steep price, but in a market where Nokia didn’t gain much traction with $100 flagship phones, $300 seemed crazy. While we don’t have any hard sales numbers yet, early signs have been mixed. Amazon recently dropped the price of the Lumia 1020 to $249.99 from its $299.99 launch price after just two weeks, and the phone’s position on Amazon’s best-sellers list hasn’t budged. Now, BGR has learned that AT&T has given Nokia’s new Windows Phone an even steeper price cut in several markets. More →
T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s trash talk doesn’t seem to have hurt AT&T’s standing among its customers. The latest survey from J.D. Power shows that AT&T has overtaken rival Verizon to have the highest customer service satisfaction rating among major carriers in the United States. What has to make this particularly sweet for AT&T executives is that J.D. Power ranked T-Mobile dead last, which should take some wind out of the upstart carrier’s sails the next time it claims that AT&T customers hate their carrier. The good news for T-Mobile, though, is that it could soon get an infusion of happy customers from the recently acquired MetroPCS, which ranks first among prepaid wireless carriers for customer service in J.D. Power’s survey.
The Lumia 1020 was a very bold move from Nokia. “Bold,” as in “astonishingly reckless.” After its previous flagship Lumia phone struggled in America at $100, Nokia and AT&T decided to price the 1020 at $300 with a two-year contract. On Monday, the Lumia 1020 was the 13th most popular AT&T phone at Amazon. On Tuesday, it was the 25th most popular AT&T phone. On Amazon’s combined chart of the best-selling contract phones across all U.S. carriers, the Lumia 1020 didn’t even crack the top-50. More →
AT&T’s spring quarter had a bit of that “Alice in Wonderland” quality. The mammoth carrier beat Wall Street’s consensus by 10% by adding 551,000 new contract subs, up sharply from 320,000 in the spring of 2012. AT&T also sold 6.8 million smartphones, the best spring quarter result ever, and wireless data revenue soared by nearly 20%. Yet AT&T’s profit still fell by 2.1%. This company is running as fast as it can just to stay in place — and this is a sign that the American mobile market may be ripe for some big changes. More →
Reviewing Nokia phones hasn’t been easy over the past two years. It’s not that the company’s phones were bad or overly complex in some way, it’s just that we have been hoping for so much more than Nokia has been able to deliver. The Nokia Lumia 800 was a great start. The Lumia 900 was a solid follow-up and the Lumia 920 and Lumia 928 were better still. But the real problem with Nokia’s Lumia smartphone lineup has always been that while Nokia and Windows Phone in general offer plenty of nice features, they don’t really offer any compelling differentiation compared to Android and iOS, which rule the global smartphone market with an iron fist. With the Nokia Lumia 1020, that finally changes — but will it be enough? More →
It’s been a curious quarter for AT&T because it’s actually had to respond to competitive pressure from T-Mobile, the underdog carrier whose “UNcarrier” initiative at first elicited response of “whatever” from Ma Bell. But after T-Mobile unveiled its new JUMP early upgrade program for smartphone buyers, AT&T quickly responded with its own similar program known as AT&T Next. What’s more, questions have been raised about AT&T’s subscriber growth over the past quarter because both Verizon and T-Mobile have added subscribers, which implies that AT&T may post stagnant or even declining subscriber numbers in its second-quarter earnings report.
T-Mobile has come out with a new web ad that unsurprisingly takes another shot at its favorite punching bag: AT&T. Per CNET, the ad hits AT&T for allegedly being “calculating, sneaky and underhanded” with its AT&T Next early upgrade plan that the carrier unveiled as a response to T-Mobile’s own JUMP program. Whether AT&T Next is “sneaky” is certainly subjective, but independent analysis has shown that it clearly is more expensive, as ConsumerReports last week found that AT&T’s Next plan with a 3GB monthly data cap costs users around $1,830 per year while T-Mobile’s JUMP plan that offers unlimited data costs users $1,542 per year. AT&T has responded that its superior network coverage and connection speeds more than make up for the higher monthly rates it charges for its services. T-Mobile’s full ad follows below. More →
AT&T made claims last week that didn’t sit well with Verizon Wireless. In a series of advertisements, AT&T said that it now operates America’s most reliable 4G LTE network. A Verizon spokesperson previously told BGR that “AT&T can make up whatever claim they want,” adding that Verizon will “let consumers make the ultimate decision.” Building on that response, the company also took out an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal on Monday. As spotted by CNET, Verizon acknowledged that “others have tried to claim reliability,” adding that reliability is “not a hollow claim. Or a slogan. Or a fancy ad campaign.” The company also cited its track record for reliability and recent investments it has made to further improve its network, along with third-party data from RootMetrics that praised its call, text and data performance. Verizon’s full ad follows below. More →
That sound you hear is more loud crowing from T-Mobile CEO John Legere. ConsumerReports has done a good breakdown comparing the new early upgrade plans from T-Mobile and AT&T and has found that AT&T’s plan will cost you almost $300 more per year than the most expensive version of the T-Mobile plan. Although the cost of buying devices is roughly the same on both plans — AT&T doesn’t charge you any down payment but does charge higher monthly payments for buying the devices than T-Mobile does — T-Mobile’s lower monthly wireless service prices give it an annual price tag of $1,542 for unlimited data while AT&T’s higher rates give the AT&T Next plan an annual price tag of $1,830 with 3GB of data. More →