Save a Fortune By Buying One of These New Phones Instead of a Galaxy S6 or iPhone

ZTE Maven ZTE Sonata 2 Price

AT&T's lineup of affordable smartphones expanded on Friday with the unveiling of the ZTE Maven. This $59.99 device comes equipped with 4G LTE wireless service, Android 5.1 and, best of all, doesn't require an annual commitment. You'll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper phone with better specs from any of the major service providers.

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BlackBerry 10 phones get the Amazon Appstore in the US

BlackBerry Classic

If you're a BlackBerry-toting American, you're about to get a ton of Android apps on your plate. As promised, BlackBerry has started the US rollout of an update that gives all BB10 devices access to the Amazon Appstore, saving you from having to sideload some of the Android titles you can't live without. You'll also get better anti-theft protection and a "fresh look" that includes faster access to common tasks.

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Source: Inside BlackBerry

AT&T fined $100 million by FCC over unlimited data throttling

AT&T Chicago store (interior 001)

The US Federal Communications Commission announced plans on Wednesday to fine AT&T $100 million for unsuitable throttling practices. The Commission issued a press release on its website this morning proclaiming the decision, charging the carrier with violating the ‘2010 Open Internet Transparency Rule.’

The move comes as the result of an in-depth investigation, where the FCC found that AT&T—the second largest wireless provider in the US—had not adequately informed its customers with unlimited data plans that it would be dramatically slowing down their Internet access once they crossed a particular threshold.... Read the rest of this post here

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Microsoft’s supersized Lumia 640 XL comes to AT&T

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL for AT&T

Microsoft might have given the boot to device leader Stephen Elop, but it's still going full steam ahead with its Windows phone launches. AT&T has announced that it will carry the Lumia 640 XL, giving the carrier its first gigantic Windows handset (5.7 inches, to be exact) since the Lumia 1520 quietly left the roster. This isn't a high-end phone by any stretch -- the Snapdragon 400 chip, 8GB of expandable storage and 720p display were old a year ago. The 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras are nothing to sneeze at in the budget class, though, and the 3,000mAh battery should last a long while with this low-powered hardware. More importantly, the price is right. AT&T's version of the 640 XL will arrive on June 26th for free on a two-year contract, $12.50 per month on a 20-payment Next plan and $250 up front. If you're just interested in getting a giant screen at a tiny price, this might hit the spot.

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Source: AT&T

AT&T faces $100 million fine for quietly throttling data speeds (update: AT&T responds)

Look, it's no secret that if you've got a old-school unlimited data plan from AT&T, your data speeds get throttled from time to time. Alright, it might be a bit of a secret -- that's why the FCC has just announced that it plans to slap the massive telecom with a $100 million fine for "severely" slowing down users' connection speeds without adequately notifying them of the pokier speeds they might face. In case you haven't been keeping count, that's the single largest proposed fine in FCC history. A senior FCC official stated that service would at times get so slow that "basic mobile applications would not function," and that people who ran afoul of AT&T's rules would get slower data speeds than others for an average of 12 days.

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AT&T Nailed With a Massive $100M Fine for Misleading Consumers on ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans

AT&T Unlimited Data Plans $100 Million Fine

Oh my. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday issued a massive smack down against AT&T for offering consumers "unlimited" data plans and then severely throttling their speeds once they reached certain limits every month. In all, the FCC hit AT&T with a huge $100 million fine for allegedly misleading consumers, although AT&T has vowed to not take this lying down.

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The LG G4 is getting updates you can’t turn down


When a software update is ready for your smartphone, you usually get a friendly notification that lets you refuse the fix if you're anxious or just busy. At least some LG G4 owners aren't getting that option, however. Customers on both AT&T and T-Mobile are reporting surprise "mandatory" patches that not only install themselves automatically, but reboot the phone as soon as they're done -- not cool if you had to make an important call. There's little in the release notes to say what they fix, either, so it's not certain just how vital the code really is.

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Source: Droid-Life

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active heads to AT&T with extra battery power

Samsung's Galaxy S6 broke cover last month and today AT&T revealed its exclusive grip on the rugged device. The IP-68 rated dustproof and water and shock resistant handset packs a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display that touts a whopping 577 PPI to handle your swipes through Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop). Inside, a 64-bit Octa-core processor and 32GB of internal storage do the heaving lifting with 16-megapixel rear-facing and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras for photo duties. In addition to staying dry in depths of up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes, the S6 Active also packs in a beefy 3,500mAh battery. That's significantly larger than the battery inside the regular Galaxy S6. And yes, when it does run down, you can juice up with wireless charging accessories or make use of the Fast Charging option to charge to 50 percent in around half an hour.

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Apple stops selling iPhones on 2-year AT&T contract, moves exclusively to Next financing plans

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As reported earlier this week, Apple has stopped selling new iPhones to customers on a two-year contract with AT&T as of today.

As first noted by MacRumors, subsidized $199/$299 prices for new iPhones on a two-year AT&T contract have been removed overnight and replaced with the carrier’s financing program called AT&T Next.... Read the rest of this post here

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Apple Stores to drop AT&T iPhone subsidy, increase trade-in value of older iPhones

Tim Cook (iPhone 6 launch, Palo Alto Apple Store)

Both online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores around the country are about to drop subsidies for iPhone models sold through carrier AT&T. Moreover, Apple is said to increase trade-in price value of older iPhone models just a little bit, according to a pair of reports Monday (here and here) by 9to5Mac.

Beginning this month, trade-in values for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s models will increase by $15, or $25 in the case of used iPhone 5s devices.... Read the rest of this post here

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