AT&T has revealed that it is launching three new smartphones to its network. Two will be Windows Phone devices, the new Microsoft Nokia Lumia 830 and the HTC One M8 for Windows, while another HTC device is also coming to Ma Bell in the form of the Android powered Desire EYE.
Two Samsung Android tablets have finally found a whome for consumers looking to get cellular connectivity on the devices. AT&T today announced that it now carries both the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab PRO 12.2.
AT&T has announced that it will begin offering enhanced call quality through Voice over LTE (VoLTE) next week. AT&T's HD Voice will launch in select markets as the company begins testing an all-IP solution that will route calls over its 4G LTE network, but only a very select group of people will be able to use the system at first.
When the FCC hosts an auction for spectrum voluntary given up by broadcasters to sell to wireless network operators, AT&T and Verizon will not be able to acquire as much spectrum as T-Mobile and Sprint. That doesn't sit well with the nation's two largest carriers.
AT&T has announced that it intends to build a service that will allow airline passengers to connect to 4G LTE. Compared to current in-flight data, which has speeds lower than even smartphone connections and isn't always ideal for media streaming, AT&T's service would be faster by meeting 4G LTE standards. The carrier aims to have its in-flight data running by late 2015, though it would only work on flights within the continental United States, meaning flights to or from Alaska and Hawaii would not be included. The names of airlines that would run the air-to-ground network have not been disclosed.
AT&T today announced that the BlackBerry 10.2 update is rolling out now to the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 models tied to its network. The BB10 OS devices gain several new features including actionable lock screen notifications and better battery monitoring so users know which apps negatively affect battery life.
It's later than some other devices, but Android 4.4 KitKat has arrived for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. The update adds some UI enhancements, small performance boosts, and security patches. It also offers color emojis, a new lock screen with full-page album art, full-screen in some apps, better closed captioning, access to the camera from the lock screen, wireless printing, and setting volume in specific applications. Galaxy S4 Active owners can try to manually trigger the update by going to Settings > More > About Device > Select Software Update > Check for Updates. Be sure your phone has at least 75 percent battery life before applying the update.
AT&T today announced that it has launched 4G LTE service in several new places. In addition to expanding coverage in the Reno and Sweetwater markets, AT&T has added LTE in seven cities for the first time.
AT&T has once again lowered the costs of its service for individual or duo accounts. The carrier today announced that it shaved $15 off the standard plans, which lowers the cost of maintaining an individual line to only $65.
Verizon Wireless is the best performing network, followed by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Analytics firm RootMetrics recently released those rankings, which pleased Verizon and obviously upset T-Mobile.