AT&T has announced on its public policy blog that FaceTime over cellular will be available to iPhone and iPad users with several caveats. Users must have LTE versions of iPads and iPhones and must be on a tiered plan. Previously FaceTime on AT&T was only available for customers on mobile shared plans. However, the rollout is not immediate. AT&T expects it to take 8-10 weeks, which is unusually slow. The decision has come after much pressure from customers, public advocacy groups, and the media.
Still, AT&T's policy change is a half-hearted attempt as it doesn't fully cave in to demands. It omits a larger group of customer that are not on LTE from using FaceTime over cellular on 3G and "4G." Also, it continues its hostility toward customers of grandfathered unlimited data plans on any cellular mode. The FCC has warned that discriminatory practices on citizen owned spectrums will not be tolerated in accordance with net neutrality regulations. AT&T is cherry picking customers based on monetary gains and not necessarily reasons of management of network congestion.
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Oh man--looks like the Nokia Lumia 920 is set to drop in November, and it's going to be an AT&T exclusive. That's unfortunate, since it's the new hotness from Nokia that Microsoft may just be hanging it's hat on as it pertains to Windows Phone 8, so it's a little odd that the 4G LTE smartphone won't be available on Verizon, the company that has the largest LTE network by far. The Lumia 820 should launch alongside the 920, but that is more of a mid-range phone rather than a top-of-the-line model, and that one should make an appearance on multiple carriers. That said, if you're interested in one of the colorful (yellow, black, cyan, red, white) 920 models, you're gonna have to go with AT&T come this November. No word yet on pricing.
Be sure to check out the top 5 features of Lumia 920.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 to the world on September 12th, and just 9 days later, the smartphone launched. Pre-sales hit over 2 million in the first 24 hours alone, showing that there was massive demand for the newly redesigned iPhone. According to Apple, it's the best iPhone it's ever made, but does it live up to the hype? More importantly, os it worth your hard-earned cash? We've had a few days to use the iPhone 5 (as well as its built-in operating system, iOS 6,) and we’re ready to break it all down in our iPhone 5 review.
If there's one feature to sway AT&T iPhone customers over to Verizon, it's the fact that Big Red has launched LTE in a ton of markets while AT&T plays catch-up. Tonight, AT&T closed the gap a bit with the launch of its LTE network in both Seattle and Portland, two major metropolitan areas that may have otherwise seen a hefty exodus when the iPhone 5 launches this Friday. Being that Gear Live is based here in the Seattle area, we started getting reports from a bunch of readers that their Lumia 900 devices were all of a sudden showing LTE connectivity. Sure enough, we confirmed it with our own unit, and AT&T followed up with a press release letting everyone know that LTE was now live in both Seattle and Portland areas. Readers are seeing speeds as high as 22Mbps down and 12Mbps up.
We've reached out to AT&T for information on just how large the LTE deployment is in these two metropolitan areas, as Verizon definitely has the entire greater region in each area covered in LTE.
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Today's long-awaited Apple iPhone 5 event has come and gone, and with it we received the full rundown of what the new iPhone 5 is capable of. Apple has also released one of its customary videos that highlights all of the new hotness. Check it out above, and be sure to catch all the news that came out of our iPhone 5 event live coverage.
During this morning's iPhone 5 event, Apple announced that the iPhone 5 would support LTE, and the list of carriers is huge, spanning the globe. In the US, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will all support the new iPhone LTE capabilities. Over in Canada, Bell, Rogers, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Telus, and Koodo are all ready for iPhone 5 LTE action. Where Europe is concerned, T-Mobile and the new EE network in the UK are on board. Asia will see Softbank, SKT, KDDI, KT, SmarTone, and SingTei all offering iPhone 5 LTE connectivity. All that said, get ready for much, much faster LTE data if you happen to live in an LTE-supported area, and watch your data caps!
Check out our iPhone 5 event live coverage!
Apple has announced the brand new iPhone 5 at this morning's iPhone 5 event, and it's a significant upgrade over the current iPhone 4S smartphone. The new iPhone features a 4-inch 1136 x 640 display, and is the first phone from Apple to feature 4G LTE. In the US, LTE will be supported by AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
The new iPhone measures in at 7.6mm thin and weighs 112 grams, making it the thinnest and lightest iPhone that Apple has produced to date, noting that it's made entirely of glass and aluminum. Powering it all is the new Apple A6 processor, which the company says will double the performance when compared to the iPhone 4S, while also providing double the graphics power.
This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers: it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.
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Yesterday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage to announce a slew of new Kindle hardwards, including the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Paperwhite, a cheaper entry-level Kindle, and much more. We covered all the Kindle news live, but we wouldn't hold it against you if you wanted to see the event for yourself. You can check out our condensed version above. We figured that there weren't too many people who'd wanna sit through the one hour presentation, so we squeezed it down to 25 minutes, focusing on the main highlights.
All attention was on Amazon today as Jeff Bezos took the stage to anounce the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD, as well as updated Kindle and Kindle Fire units. In case you missed any of the action, here's all of our coverage on today's event:
- Live from Amazon’s Kindle event!
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 7- and 8.9-inch tablets starting at $199
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers illuminated touch display for $119
- Amazon Kindle HD 8.9” 4G LTE Wireless offers 250MB monthly data for $50 per year
- Amazon’s entry-level Kindle is now just $69
- The new Amazon Kindle Fire: Twice the RAM, twice the performance, $159
And of course, you can now pre-order all of the new Kindle hardware:
- Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
- Kindle Fire HD 7"
- Kindle Fire
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G
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