AT&T will begin to throttle data speeds during the first week of October, 9to5 Mac reported on Thursday. The carrier could move to throttle the data speeds of its biggest data users in an effort to ensure network stability for its first LTE devices, which are expected to launch later this year. It remains unclear how low AT&T will knock the throughput down to, but 9to5 Mac says Virgin currently forces data hogs down to 256Kbps until the next billing cycle after they use more than 2.5GB. T-Mobile also throttles its data speeds after users go over their monthly 5GB “unlimited” cap. The move should actually be beneficial for most AT&T customers looking for stable performance and will only affect those who use much more data than the average customer according to the report. More →
Apple may have delayed the iPhone 5 launch until next year due to an overheating dual-core A5 chip, a new report from Sohu.com suggests. Rumor has it (and it’s purely a rumor right now) that Apple will instead launch the iPhone 5 later this year or early next when the A6 chip is available — or after it figures out the A5 overheating problems. Sohu.com also said Apple will instead introduce a slightly upgraded “iPhone 4S” device, with the same form factor as the iPhone 4, in September or October. The device is expected to feature an 8-megapixel camera, and it will also sport a faster dual-core processor, two specs that are on a par with earlier reports. With all the recent chatter surrounding a more significant iPhone update due later this year, it’s likely that Sohu.com is working with old intel in this instance. More →
Terry Gou’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. is said to have landed an exclusive contract to build Nintendo’s next-generation video game console. According to a report on Wednesday from Taiwan Economic News, Hon Hai could begin shipping the Wii 2 to Nintendo as soon as this coming October. Nintendo’s Wii console had consistently been a best seller for the gaming giant, but interest has finally begun to dwindle as competitive offerings pick up steam despite their age. Nintendo’s Wii 2 is said to be a direct attack the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and it will supposedly feature AMD’s new Radeon R700 GPU for outstanding graphics performance and HD video capabilities. With a rumored retail price between $350 and $450, the console may also be much more expensive than Nintendo’s current Wii console. A Wii 2 that lines up with these rumors would be an interesting move for Nintendo, which has found tremendous success with an inexpensive console aimed at more casual gamers compared to its competitors. More →
Ahead of the 2010 holiday season, NPD Group reports that the U.S. gaming industry took a hit in October. While software sales were up 6% and accessory sales were up 18% in the month, console sales tumbled 26% to $280 million. Overall, gaming industry sales were down 4% in October. Despite the industry’s overall hit, however, Microsoft is sitting pretty as its console sales beat Nintendo and Sony for the fifth straight month. In fact, the Xbox 360 was the only console with year-over-year growth in October. Add to that over 1 million Kinect units sold and over 4 million more Kinects expected to move before the end of the year, and you’ve got one happy gaming team over at HQ in Redmond. Hit the jump for NPD’s top-10 game titles by sales volume in the month of October. More →
And it just got interesting, folks. Starting October 28th, Apple’s iPad will kick into hyperdrive distribution and be available at Verizon Wireless retail locations. The Wi-Fi model will be bundled with a MiFi 2200 and cost you $20/month for 1GB of data usage. Pricing is set for $630, $730, and $830 respectively. Verizon will also simply sell the device independently as well so that is another distribution point Apple just locked in. Well, now that Verizon and Apple have a formal working relationship, we suppose this is the start of things to come? Hopefully. Full press release after the break!
UPDATE: AT&T will begin to offer the iPad in its retail locations beginning October 28 as well.
Reuters is reporting that the United Arab Emirates and BlackBarry manufacturer Research In Motion have resolved differences that could have potentially left 500,000 BlackBerry subscribers without data services after October 11. “The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with the UAE’s telecommunications regulatory framework,” reported WAM, a state run news agency. “All Blackberry services in the UAE will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010,” the news outlet continued. The UAE had threatened to shutter BlackBerry data services due to their inability to access RIM servers through legal means if necessary; BlackBerry data was handled by servers outside of the UAE which created a security and sovereignty nightmare for the Arab state. The WAM report also gave kudos to Research In Motion, citing “positive engagement” and professional “collaboration” from the Canadian company. More →
Here’s an interesting development, it looks like AT&T and Microsoft will be holding a Windows Phone 7 event on October 11. Despite Microsoft’s own website billing the “Worldwide Launch Event” for 3:00 PM on October 11 with T-Mobile in tow, we’ve just been sent an invitation to a 9:30 AM October 11th event; complete with appearances by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega. Looks like AT&T may be the exclusive launch partner for Windows Phone 7 after all… even if it is only for a few hours.
It looks like Best Buy Mobile wants you to get your October weekends started with a smartphone purchase. Via a press release, Best Buy has announced a new, limited-time program known as “Free Phone Fridays.” As Best Buy explains: “Beginning Friday, Oct. 1 and running every Friday in October, Best Buy Mobile will feature four free mobile phones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, as well as online at BestBuy.com/Mobile. Each week this new promotion will feature at least one high-end, in-demand smart phone. The free promotion phones require a new two-year activation.” Starting right out of the gate, on October 1, BBM will offer the Samsung Fascinate (Verizon), BlackBerry Curve (Sprint), HTC Aria (AT&T), and Samsung Gravity (T-Mobile) for $0. “The specific weekly deals will be announced in stores and online, including Best Buy Mobile’s Facebook page and Twitter account, at 1 p.m. central time on the Thursday prior to that Friday’s one-day specials.” What do you think?
Today, Nokia released a statement announcing that the much-hyped N8 smartphone would be delayed for “a few weeks” so that the Finnish company could make some “final amends” to the device. Here is what the release looks like:
The amount of preorders has exceeded our expectations and we are working hard to deliver the Nokia N8 to the market. In some markets, we had planned to start delivering the Nokia N8s to our pre-order customers by the end of September. To ensure a great user experience, we have decided to hold the shipments for a few weeks to do some final amends. We’re thrilled with the response that we’ve had to the Nokia N8 and assure everyone who’ve pre-ordered it already that it’ll be worth the wait! We expect consumers to get their Nokia N8s during October.
While the delay isn’t too severe — moving from one erroneous date in September to another erroneous date in October — it does harsh the nice mellow Nokia had going after last week’s Nokia World. The company continues to say that the N8 has had some of the strongest pre-sales numbers of any Nokia handset to date. We’ll have to wait until October to levy our judgement.
You wanted an Android tablet and and now you’ve got one. Today, Samsung announced that the very well publicized Samsung Galaxy Tab would be hitting the store shelves of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon this October/November. Samsung did not specify what the 7-inch, Android tablet would cost — instead saying carriers would announce their own pricing — but did note that a Wi-Fi only version would be coming at some point. If you want to read the good news first hand hit the break, the press release is waiting for you. More →
Pocket-lint is reporting that “multiple sources familiar with the matter” have informed them that Microsoft plans to officially announce its new mobile operating system — Windows Phone 7 — on October 11th. The site writes that the announcement will be made at an event in New York City and the device will be given an official release date, at said event, for later in the month. The October 11 date does line up with the company line Microsoft has been feeding us for months: “in time for the holiday season.” More on this as it becomes available. More →
Thanks to one of our top ninjas, we’ve been able to score this shot of an internal T-Mobile PowerPoint clearly showing the Motorola CLIQ release date listed as October which further supports our previous story about a mid-October launch. Don’t get freaked out there isn’t a picture of the CLIQ in the PowerPoint but a placeholder instead — it was only publicly announced two days ago, and you know, things have a tendency to leak…
UPDATE: Sorry for the confusion. The slide above says November, but our guy says its older and provided it to us for information purposes. There is a newer internal slide that does show October.