AT&T offering up to $300 credit for iPhone trade-in towards an iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is official, and so is the iPhone 6 Plus. Neither device, as usual, is necessarily cheap, but AT&T is offering a new limited time initiative that is aiming to make upgrading a bit easier wanting to get their hands on the new devices.

According to a report published by Bloomberg on September 10, following a phone interview with Fletcher Cook of AT&T, the Big Blue wireless network will be offering up to $300 in credit towards a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus if you trade in an older iPhone. The new offer will begin on September 12, the same day that Apple is opening up pre-orders for their new flagship handsets. Unfortunately, specifics for the deal were not revealed in the initial report.

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AT&T is also extending two of its current offers, to include the upcoming iPhone models. That includes a $100 bill credit when you buy a new iPhone on a Next plan, and add a new line to your plan. If you decide to buy an iPhone 6 with AT&T’s Next plan, you can also get $200 off an iPad.

This news follows T-Mobile’s own guarantee that the Magenta Network will offer the best trade-in values in the mobile industry. Sprint, on the other hand, just announced their “iPhone for Life” plan, which lets subscribers pay $70 per month, and “rent” the iPhone 6 — then upgrade to a new iPhone every two years.


Apple Watch Battery Life May Be Its Achilles Heel

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch on Tuesday, audience members roared with approval, making audible “oohs” and “ahhs,” as the device’s feature list was rolled out. But there was one feature — or rather, lack thereof — that Cook failed to highlight: battery life.

During the event, the company’s CEO said, “[Apple Watch] can be worn all day, for any occasion.” But as more details emerge, it’s becoming clear that the device’s battery won’t last much longer than that one day.

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The first clue that battery life posed a challenge for the Apple Watch: While on stage, Cook emphasized the efficiency of the device’s inductive charging mechanism, but did not mention how long that charge would last when its battery is fully charged.

A source claims that Apple itself is unhappy with the watch’s battery life, according to Re/Code Another source, when asked about battery life, told the tech-news site, “It’s about a day now.”

 

That super handy health-tracking app? Nice. A watch face that can transform into nearly any style? Awesome. But you’re telling me that if I don’t get the thing to a power outlet (and have the proprietary power plug with me) inside of 24 hours, it becomes an unusable paper weight? That smells like fail.

So is the paltry battery life a deal breaker? Is Apple’s reality distortion field powerful enough to erase concerns about how much juice your wrist candy has left?

We’ll know in a few months when the device goes on sale, but in the meantime, Apple Watch skeptics have a major talking point to fuel any anti-Apple schadenfreude.

Microsoft to Phase Out Nokia Brand

Microsoft is planning to phase out the use of its Nokia and Windows Phone brands for marketing purposes in favor of Lumia, according to a company document leaked on Wednesday.

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The internal memo was first acquired by GeeksOnGadgets and confirmed by The Verge. The changes are set to take affect during the upcoming holiday campaign for its phones.

“As part of our phased transition, we will drop the manufacturer name from product references during the Holiday campaign,” the document reads.

Windows Phone will simply be Windows, with Lumia used as the branding for models. Microsoft reps could not be reached for comment.

Microsoft purchased Nokia’s device and services business in September 2013 for $7.2 billion. Nokia, once a dominant player in the cellphone industry, has seen its market share decline steadily since 2010.

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This is not the first change in Microsoft’s branding around Nokia. Nokia Corporation in Finland has become Microsoft Mobile.

Everything Australians Need to Know About Getting the iPhone 6

SYDNEY — Apple announced the much-anticipated new iPhones on Tuesday, as bleary-eyed Australians tried to fight through their sleepy haze to catch a glimpse.

If for some reason you’ve been stuck under a rock (or a dooner) or just need to know the finer details of getting your goodies Down Under, here is a quick rundown.

When does it get here?

The iPhone 6 is coming to Australia on Sept. 19. If you had a dream of being first in Australia, and pretty much the world, while finally scoring your 15 minutes of fame, think again. There are already savvy teens lining at the flagship store in Sydney, 10 days out.

You can pre-order the phone from Friday, 12 September.

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What is it?

The iPhones are coming to Australia in three colours — gold, silver, grey — and you can snap the 16GB version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 up outright for $A869 including GST. For the 64GB model, you’ll need $A1,000 lying around and to get your grubby hands on the brand new 128GB model, you’ll need to take out a mortgage — with the cost clicking in at $A1,129.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will hit Australia at $A999 for the 16GB model, $A1,129 for the 64GB model and $A1,249 to get the excessive space of the 128GB model. It appears size does matter.

Lifehacker did some fancy calculations for Australians and worked out the sneaky ol’ Australia Tax — where we get charged more for being in the ‘Lucky Country’ — is about $A100 per device. Just low enough that it doesn’t make sense to ship it over from the States, just high enough for us to remember we live on an island.

Where do I get it?

You can buy one outright, with no lock-in contract, for those eye-watering prices online or at Apple retail stores across the country.

If you aren’t scared of commitment, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will have a plan to lock you in for life. The plans are usually announced a few days after Apple’s big reveal. Stay tuned.

At the moment, you can put in an expression of interest with Telstra and Vodafone. While by the look of the Optus website, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d forgot about the launch. Your best bet is to check back later.

What if I already have a contract?

Fear not, this will be less painful than divorce.

Optus started the cash war, by offering new customers $A200 credit if they pay out their contract with their current provider and an extra $A250 to trade in an old device. You can claim your early exit fee credit from Optus within 21 days of signing up. The telco even signed up ’80s action hero, Dolph Lundgren, to show how serious they are about you breaking rules.

With all this show-ponying around, Telstra wasn’t going to just sit back and watch. And although they don’t have He-Man on their side, the telco matched the deal, giving $A200 credit to new customers and $A250 for trading in a device. Make sure you are ready to commit again, once you sign you’ll be stuck with Telstra for 24 months.

“Customers will be offered a $A200 credit on their Telstra mobile bill when they stay connected for 24 months, and if their device is eligible, up to $A250 credit to trade in their old mobile, depending on the model and condition,” Telstra said in a statement.

If you are in your last three months of a contract with Optus or Telstra, you can upgrade to a new smartphone without paying termination fees. Things just got interesting. Watch this space for the next installment in The Battle of the Telcos.

No Apple Pay for you

“Apple Pay will be made available in the U.S. We have no further details relating to availability outside the U.S. at this time,” the company said, as Australians sobbed into their iPhones.

That’s right, Aussies are getting the short end of the deal once again. Not only are you coughing up more dough for your shiny new toy, you also don’t get to run around town buying everything in sight by tapping your phone.

In good news, we are well ahead of the Americans in every other payment form so feel free to use PayWave with a smug smile. Oh, and there’s always the Samsung Wallet, that has been letting Aussies pay with their phones since March.

iPhone 6 Release and U.S. Carrier Breakdown

After months of rumor and speculation, the iPhone 6 release date is confirmed and the company’s two new models will arrive this fall to take on challengers like LG G3, HTC One and Galaxy Note 4. With iPhone 6 release and pre-order details still swirling for the U.S. and other regions, we want to breakdown what we know so far about the upcoming iPhone 6 release date.

For more than eight months, we saw iPhone 6 rumors touch on the iPhone 6 specs, iPhone 6 release date and more. Today, Apple confirmed many of those rumors (and squashed others) during its iPhone 6 launch event in Cupertino, California. Yes, after months of waiting, the iPhone 6 release is finally here and confirmed.

The Apple iPhone 6 is, more or less, what we expected it to be. It comes with a new design that features a thin form factor, more metal and curves, a fast A8 processor, 4.7-inch (iPhone 6) and 5.5-inch (iPhone 6 Plus) Retina HD displays, a new iSight camera with several upgrades, the company’s new iOS 8 operating system, and a price point that consumers are familiar with.

It’s a device that should be a worthy successor to the iPhone 5s and a worthy opponent to the current crop of Android smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and others.

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Rumors leading up to the iPhone 6 launch date suggested that we’d see a fast iPhone 6 release to counter the Galaxy Note 4 and others. As we now know, this is indeed the case. The iPhone 6 release date is confirmed for September and pre-orders will start in just a few short days for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

With the smoke still settling on the iPhone 6 release, we still don’t have every single detail but we have enough to paint a broad picture for interested consumers. Here, we nail down all of those details and provide an in depth iPhone 6 release date breakdown for those thinking about buying Apple’s brand new iPhone.

iPhone 6 Release Date

As expected, Apple’s first global iPhone 6 release date was confirmed on stage today during the company’s launch event. The iPhone 6 release date is confirmed for September 19th though that release date only applies to select countries among them, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. These countries are often in the front of the line for the iPhone release so their presence at the first iPhone 6 release is not surprising.

Apple did not go into detail about other iPhone 6 release dates so those in other regions are simply going to have to wait and see. Usually, we see other countries follow in the weeks after the initial release as Apple gets its supply lines in order. Rumors suggest that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be in short supply so we could see the company wait to iron delays out before pushing to other countries.

It’s important to note that this iPhone 6 release date applies to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. It will also be preceded by an iPhone 6 pre-order that begins in these countries on September 12th, or, this Friday.

iPhone 6 U.S. Release Date

The U.S. iPhone 6 release date is also confirmed for September 19th. The United States is a key battleground for Apple and it’s one that should be in focus as the company prepares for the arrival of the iPhone 6. Apple has also confirmed the iPhone 6 pre-order date for September 12th in the United States. It has not said what time the devices will go on sale though typically, sales start at midnight on the day of the release.

Apple says that it will offer free shipping on all orders over $50 which means those that pre-order the iPhone 6 will get free shipping with their purchase. Pre-orders tend to arrive on release day and not before so we should see a good majority of packages arrive on the U.S. iPhone 6 release date on September 19th.

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Those that don’t pre-order will be able to buy an iPhone 6 at an Apple Store starting at 8AM on September 19th. Lines for the iPhone 6 are already starting to form at some locations so there should be fierce competition to snag an iPhone 6 at Apple Stores next week.

AT&T iPhone 6

The AT&T iPhone 6 is confirmed and the carrier says that it will be coming soon. AT&T has not outlined any specific plans yet though it’s clear that it will be among the carriers that get the iPhone 6 on release day.

Apple notes that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available through AT&T which seems to hint at a pre-order on September 12th. AT&T almost always offers a pre-order so those looking to snag a device on Ma Bell should be able to starting September 12th. The carrier still hasn’t confirmed pre-sale times or whether or not its stores will open up early and we expect those details to arrive in the days leading up to the September 19th iPhone 6 release.

Sprint iPhone 6

Sprint will also be carrying the iPhone 6 and like AT&T, it’s expected to offer a September 12th pre-order ahead of its September 19th release date. Sprint, the only major U.S. carrier that still offers Unlimited Data, should deliver key details including pre-order time and release time in the days leading up to the pre-order and the release date.

In the past, Sprint has joined its rivals and Sprint customers should expect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to hit Sprint on day one for the same price as other carriers.

T-Mobile iPhone 6

The T-Mobile iPhone 6 release is confirmed and like AT&T and Sprint, it should be up for pre-order on September 12th and on sale September 19th. T-Mobile hasn’t confirmed any of its retail details though we expect it to be far more scarce than the other models. Many retailers including Best Buy and Target don’t sell T-Mobile phones so expect the T-Mobile iPhone 6 to be a little harder to find come September 19th.

 

T-Mobile is set to take the stage tomorrow as it hosts its UnCarrier 7.0 event. It’s not clear what the event entails but we would not be surprised if the iPhone 6 was involved in some way.

U.S. Cellular iPhone 6

Last year, the nation’s fifth largest carrier released the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c several weeks after its competitors. This year, U.S. Cellular will release the iPhone 6 on September 19th, same as its top rivals.

The company offered a brief statement to Gotta Be Mobile:

U.S. Cellular today announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, beginning Sept. 19

It did not confirm a September 12th pre-order though with a release that’s now confirmed for the first iPhone 6 release day, it’s possible that we’ll see pre-orders arrive this Friday.

Verizon iPhone 6

Apple’s Verizon iPhone 6 is on its way and it’s clear, thanks to Verizon and Apple, that it will be going up for pre-order on September 12th. Verizon notes that the iPhone 6 pre-order is “coming soon” which falls in line with Apple’s September 12th pre-order date.

As we’ve noted, some Verizon stores, likely authorized resellers, are already taking down names for the iPhone 6. While we advise going through Verizon itself, these are also options to those that don’t want to go through the official road to the iPhone 6.

Verizon is always among the initial release carriers so we’ll almost certainly see the Verizon iPhone 6 release date land on September 19th with the rest of these variants.

Smaller Carriers

The iPhone usually arrives on a large swath of carriers. So it’s not surprising to learn that the iPhone 6 will be made available on “additional carriers” in the days ahead. Typically we have to wait for confirmation  but it looks like C Spire Wireless, a regional U.S. carrier, will be among the smaller carriers that offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

C Spire today confirmed that it will be releasing both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19th. It did not, however, confirm any details in regard to the pre-order. So, at this point, it’s not clear if it will be offering it early.

Other carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket remain silent though there’s a chance that they will carry the iPhone 6 later this year. Details tend to trickle out slowly so wait for the smoke to clear before jumping to conclusions.

There’s also a chance that the iPhone 6 will head to smaller regional carriers like Bluegrass Wireless. Small operators typically play host to the iPhone and we could see a repeat here with the iPhone 6.

Retailers

Retailers haven’t announced any iPhone 6 pre-order details just yet though retailers like Best Buy and RadioShack could perhaps announce something in the coming days. At the very least, we should see retailers like Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, and Walmart offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its September 19th release date.

iPhone 6 Deals

Verizon announced an iPhone 6 deal ahead of its order date. The carrier says that it will be taking in old, working iPhone models in exchange for a $200 Verizon trade-in gift card.   This $200 Verizon trade-in gift card will allow consumers to chop the 16GB iPhone 6, priced at $199.99 on-contract, down to free. Of course, there are a few caveats that consumers must be aware of ahead of the iPhone 6 pre-order date. The carrier’s fine print states that the only eligible trade-in devices are the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and the iPhone 5s.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, news and features

The all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has now been officially unveiled, but what does the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 actually bring?

Well there’s no change to the size of the screen, which still comes in at the whopping 5.7 inches that we have come to know and love, but Samsung has made some significant changes to that killer feature.

That 5.7-incher is now a Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

You can check out our hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review for our first impressions of just what has changed in this latest generation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date and price

The Galaxy note was announced at IFA 2014 on September 3. Samsung had sent invites for an event advising people to ‘Note the date’, which was a bit of a give away, and so it proved.

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We’re still waiting to hear an exact release date for the phone in territories around the world, but it looks very likely that it will launch in September, if not trickling into the start of October.

There’s been very little said about the price yet, but a listing on Indonesian site erafone puts it at IDR 9,499,000 (or roughly £490 / $810 / AU$870) which seems believable, especially since those conversions don’t include local taxes. Better start saving.

An amazing screen – again

First up, screen size. The original Note came with a 5.3-incher, the Note 2 showed up with a 5.5-inch display and the Note 3 pushed things to 5.7 inches.

Going by this logic the Galaxy Note 4 should have come with a 5.9-inch display, which would see it match the HTC One Max and LG G Pro 2, while still falling short of the 6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

But actually Samsung showed admirable restraint, keeping the Note 4 to the 5.7 inches of its predecessor, but throwing a boat-load more quality into its killer feature.

The screen now boasts Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

Plus, Samsung is throwing in what it is calling an adaptive display – one that changes depending on the light of the place you are viewing the screen – and on paper you have the optimum viewing no matter what situation you are in.

It even decided to get fancy and launch a variant of the phone called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which has a curved display that folds around the spine of the phone. Sadly this didn’t make it to the main device, but it’s a good test to see if there’s desire for such innovation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 power and storage

The Galaxy Note 4 bring with it a pretty impressive 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which certainly won’t be struggling to keep things moving despite the screen.

Also worthy of, ahem, note, is the 3GB RAM that the phone is running – there are still plenty of people with PCs that don’t have that kind of memory.

The internal memory of the Galaxy Note 4 is a not insignificant 64GB, which should mean you don’t have to choose between your collection of Jean Claude van Damme movies and your lovingly put-together eclectic music.

Of course, there’s a microSD slot too, with the ability to add 128GB more if you’re thinking of downloading the internet for a day.

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Motorola teases Moto X+1, Moto G2 and Moto 360 for September

Motorola won’t be making a big show at IFA 2014, but it’ll trying to steal some of the limelight with its own big event in Chicago on September 4.

The company has just fired out invitations for a big Motorola show, which strongly hints that we’ll be seeing the Moto X+1 and a new Moto G phone unveiled, while also suggesting that a release date for the Moto 360 smartwatch is on the cards.

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The animated invitation shows a colourful paper fortune teller displaying a phone with an X on the screen, another with a G on it, and a very Moto 360-esque watch. Oh, and some sort of Bluetooth headset.

It’s not like Motorola’s being subtle about any of this.

iPhone 6 running iOS 8

We’ve seen our fair share of iPhone 6 leaks over the last few months, but (as far as we can tell) they’ve all been dead units.

But today we’re bringing you shots of a device that seems to be awake and running iOS 8. The source, TMZ, said it received the pictures from a source who swiped the phone from a Foxconn factory.

While we obviously can’t confirm the validity beyond TMZ’s word, the phone certainly fits with most of the leaks we’ve already seen. It’s got the more rounded design in the edges, while the camera on the back looks to be slightly raised.

The raised camera is something we’ve heard about in earlier leaks, but we thought it might be changed come the phone’s final release. If these latest shots are to be believed (and this isn’t just an early prototype, which it might be) Apple’s new camera may not be totally flush with the rest of the phone.

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Crazy 8

But the biggest thing here is the fact that the phone is running iOS 8, making it seem slightly more plausible that this is indeed the iPhone 6. However there’s always a chance it’s a good photoshop job, don’t forget.

On the screen we can see the menu, which is blocking out some of the apps – possibly the Health app? TMZ’s source said that the phone is “noticeably” lighter than its predecessor and includes a new sensor on the front.

From what we can tell, it looks like Apple has just moved the existing light sensor above the speaker grille and made it slightly bigger, but it’s difficult to be sure just yet.

Samsung Galaxy S6 poised to bring all metal to the mainstream

The mobile community enjoyed a collective sigh of relief recently with the announcement of Samsung’s first metal smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, as the South Korean firm finally delivered a premium device design – but it’s just the start.

According to sources in Samsung’s supply chain the Galaxy Alpha – and upcoming Galaxy Note 4 – will purely just test the water with Samsung’s metal mobile design in preparation for an all-metal Samsung Galaxy S6 next year.

We already know that the Galaxy Alpha isn’t entirely metal, as it inherits the dimpled polycarbonate rear of the Galaxy S5, and this report suggests the Note 4 will probably sport a similar combination of materials.

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Of course all of this needs to be taken with a generous pinch of salt, as an all-metal Samsung flagship was mooted for both the Galaxy S4 and S5 – and both times the rumours turned out to be incorrect.

There is, however, a much stronger argument this time around thanks to the launch of the Alpha and the likes of Sony and HTC having launched multiple metal clad handsets.

We expect to see the Galaxy Note 4 unveiled at IFA 2014, and perhaps it will give us a further insight of what to expect from Samsung going forward. We’ll be reporting live from Berlin next month, so make sure you stay tuned for all the latest.