The HTC First isn't the most powerful device around, but it is a surprisingly good phone capable of meeting moderate expectations. The first Android smartphone to run Facebook Home layer of apps is now only $0.99 on AT&T, a surprising price drop so soon after release.
The LG Optimus G Pro will be an AT&T exclusive in the United States. AT&T has just announced that the Optimus G Pro, previously available in South Korea, will launch later this month with a special gift given to customers who pre-order the device.
AT&T is entering the phone trade-in business by offering customers a chance to earn at least $100 for the value of their existing phone when they purchase a new AT&T device. Beginning May 1, a customer can give AT&T an old phone to have $100 taken off the purchase of a new device. In the event that the trade-in value of an old phone is worth more than $100, AT&T will provide a higher discount. Consumers can bring their devices into AT&T corporate stores to get an instant appraisals and discounts or use the trade-in program website here.
AT&T has made 4G LTE service available in a slew of new areas. Beginning today, customers in places ranging from Arizona to Florida and many places in between should be able to access the latest generation of wireless data.
As it approaches 200 4G LTE markets in the U.S., AT&T's continued expansion of its 4G LTE network today has reached several new markets and expanded coverage in a few others.
AT&T Mobility has set-up a new reservation system to help customers lower the amount of time spent at wireless stores. Customers, both existing and potential, can now visit att.com/storeappointment to book an appointment at the nearest AT&T store or device support center. The reservation tool takes customer information and provides a list of available appointment times during store hours. AT&T still accepts walk-ins at its retail locations and support centers, but having a set time will make it easier for customers to be assisted on busy days.
AT&T has begun updating the LG Escape to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. LG Escape owners should start seeing update notifications beginning today, but they an press Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update Now to manually search for an update. Android 4.1 adds new notifications, Google Now, and AT&T DriveMode among other many other features.
An internal Staples memo suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch in the U.S. later this month. Engadget has posted the memo that claims the Galaxy S 4 will go on sale for AT&T on April 26. T-Mobile will follow by going on sale May 1 and Verizon will arrive much later on May 30. The May 1 date follows what T-Mobile confirmed last month, and AT&T previously announced that it will begin taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4 tomorrow. However, these dates are tentative and there are no guarantees that the phone will go on sale until carriers individually announce availability.
The Facebook Phone is real, and it's name is the HTC First. Moments after it announced Facebook Home, a new Android home screen and lock screen that better integrates Android with Facebook, HTC and AT&T announced they will be the first to release a phone pre-loaded with the software.
The LG Optimus G didn't launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but the AT&T version of the phone is upgrading to the newer version of Android. AT&T announced that the Optimus G is updating beginning today.