Verizon follows AT&T's move, drops plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Wireless network provider Verizon is not going to sell the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This unexpected decision has to do with the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month, AT&T abandoned plans to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to subscribers after members of the congress, with the help of federal regulators, stood against it. Verizon has been going through the same thing, after dropping plans to sell the Chinese flagship to the U.S. audience. That means only channel left for Huawei to distribute its newest device is …


AT&T's CEO says the company is committed to an open internet following FCC repeal of net neutrality

Last month, the Trump FCC repealed net neutrality. Why? Well, the president seems to favor big business and what could help the carriers/ISPs more than giving them the ability to charge more for certain online content. Or it just could be Trump’s obsession with reversing every regulation put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama. It was the Obama FCC that put net neutrality in place.

While the Senate is just one vote away from passing a resolution to restore net neutrality, the Congressional Review Act gives the Senate only 60 days to vote on reversing a decision made by an independent …

DOJ sues to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner; is this Trump's payback for his CNN vendetta?

In October of last year, AT&T announced an $85.4 billion bid to purchase Time Warner. At the time, Donald Trump was the GOP candidate for the presidency, and he vowed to block the transaction if he was to become president. “It’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” Trump said at the time. The day after the election, we revisited the matter and wondered whether President Trump would follow though on his pledge. Trump’s personal animosity toward Time Warner’s CNN has recently led to reports that his administration would allow the deal to go through only if AT&T divests …

AT&T's sales numbers for the quarter suggest iPhone 8 sales are not beating any records

AT&T has reported slower sales and 900,000 fewer smartphone upgrades for the past quarter, which includes more than a week of iPhone availability.
Historically, iPhone sales are strongest in the first days of availability and in the Holiday quarter, so this is clearly a troubling sign. While AT&T does not break down unit sales by model, the iPhone has been the dominant phone on all US carriers in the past few years, so this clearly has a lot to do with lower demand for the iPhone 8.
This can be explained in …

Android Wear 2.0 starts rolling out for AT&T's LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition


Great news for LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition owners who purchase their smartwatches through AT&T, as the carrier has just announced Android Wear 2.0 is now being pushed to the wearable device.

AT&T’s LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the last version of the smartwatch received this update after Verizon released it about a month ago. Not to mention the first generation model got Android Wear 2.0 back in April.

It’s been almost seven months since Google launched Android Wear 2.0, but it looks like carriers have been delaying the release of the update for quite a long time.

Anyway, …

AT&T's refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is recalled due to counterfeit batteries

Memories of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recalls will resurface once you hear the story about the AT&T refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4. 10,200 units of this refurbished phone had to be voluntarily recalled through the FedEx Supply Chain. These units were shipped to consumers by Federal Express from December 2016 through April of this year to replace units that the carrier’s device replacement insurance agreed to replace.

The problem with these units is that the third party battery used to power up these refurbished Galaxy Note 4 models are counterfeit. If one of these phones were …

Consumer advocacy groups ask Attorney General Sessions to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner

Several consumer advocacy groups have written U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner. The groups worry that AT&T would lose the incentive to widely distribute Time Warner programming after closing on the $85.4 billion transaction. The seven groups asking Sessions to block the deal include Common Cause, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Public Knowledge and other groups.

In a letter written to the Attorney General, executives of the seven firms said that approving the deal could lead to a stifling of innovation in the …

The Cingular Flip 2 is AT&T's newest clamshell phone

AT&T recently released a brand new clamshell phone (aka flip phone) aimed at users who simply don’t need a smartphone. 

Called Cingular Flip 2, the handset is a rebranded Alcatel Go Flip (which was launched last month by T-Mobile), and succeeds a Cingular Flip introduced by AT&T back in 2016.

The AT&T Cingular Flip 2 features a large physical keypad, a 2.8-inch internal display with 240 x 320 pixels, and a smaller external screen of unknown resolution – good for peeking at notifications without flipping the phone open.

The new clamshell is powered …

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ are now being updated to Android Nougat

Not long after Sprint updated its Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to Android Nougat, AT&T this week started pushing a Nougat update to its own version of the Note 5 (N920A).

According to AT&T’s official Galaxy Note 5 support page – see the source link below – the new update brings Android 7.0 Nougat (not 7.1) to the handset, and includes the March security patch. Users are also getting two pre-loaded apps (Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass), plus improvements related to network performance. Moreover, the update is removing some apps, including AT&T Address Book, AT&T Live, and MobiTV.

The …

AT&T's handset lineup is shrinking as the carrier turns to selling services

According to a report from Bay Street Research, AT&T has drastically reduced the number of handsets that it is offering to its subscribers. In 2015, the nation’s second largest carrier had 42 Android powered handsets in its lineup. That has been cut in half. BayStreet Research’s Cliff Maldonado says that AT&T’s new strategy is based on the concept that consumers will buy either an Apple iPhone, or a Samsung Galaxy handset.

Madonado points out that Verizon added the Google Pixel series, and three different Moto Z models. He also notes that alone among the big four, AT&T hasn’t …