AT&T's early upgrade smartphone program detailed. Spoiler: they made it $125 more expensive

By on October 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM.

AT&T's early upgrade smartphone program detailed. Spoiler: they made it $125 more expensive

Here is what we have just found out… AT&T recently modified their early upgrade program for smartphones, and due to smartphones becoming “increasingly more sophisticated” — and the cost of the devices increasing — AT&T has increased their $75 early upgrade fee to $200. That means a BlackBerry Bold 9700 that would have cost you $275 will now cost you $399. Quick messaging and basic phones are not subjected to the new change. AT&T told employees that, “This change to our exception pricing is necessary to maintain our ability to provide customers with the best selection of devices and maintain our leadership in the Smartphone category.” And hey, with Verizon charging a $350 ETF for advanced devices, it was only a matter of time before AT&T started exploring their options.

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YouTube makes your fifteen minutes of fame 15 minutes

By on July 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM.

YouTube makes your fifteen minutes of fame 15 minutes

YouTube has decided to make it markedly easier for you to get your fifteen minutes of fame. How? By upping the time limit of uploaded YouTube clips from 10 minutes to 15 minutes. Those of you who dream of posting a video of yourself singing Can’s Mother Sky into a kitchen spoon, go right ahead. YouTube’s just made your dream a reality. Here is the official word from Google:

Well, we’ve spent significant resources on creating and improving our state-of-the-art Content ID system and many other powerful tools for copyright owners. Now, all of the major U.S. movie studios, music labels and over 1,000 other global partners use Content ID to manage their content on YouTube. Because of the success of these ongoing technological efforts, we are able to increase the upload limit today.

Thanks Google. More →

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