Some Apple iPhone users on AT&T can't make or take calls (UPDATE)

If you are an AT&T subscriber with an Apple iPhone, you might have found it difficult to make or answer a phone call today on your device. The nation’s second largest carrier is experiencing some sort of network issue that instantly disconnects calls once they are connected. Calls made to some iPhone models that support the AT&T pipeline are sent right to voicemail, without giving the device user a chance to answer.

UPDATE: The outage now appears to be affecting all AT&T customers regardless of the device they use.

AT&T’s @ATT Twitter account tweeted an easy solution …


AT&T dropping your calls? This setting might help

The weird voice call disconnect outage that has been affecting AT&T subscribers since yesterday, regardless of their iOS or Android affiliation, is seemingly abating, but the issue seems to stem from voice-over-LTE identifiers, so changing a setting on your iPhone might help. 

No, we aren’t talking about AT&T’s advice to keep restarting your phone until it actually begins connecting your calls, but to turn off VoLTE for the time being. On your iPhone, go to Settings>Cellular>Cellular Data Options>Enable LTE, and set it to “Data only,” instead of the “Voice&data” …

Some Apple iPhone users on AT&T can't make or take calls

If you are an AT&T subscriber with an Apple iPhone, you might have found it difficult to make or answer a phone call today on your device. The nation’s second largest carrier is experiencing some sort of network issue that instantly disconnects calls once they are connected. Calls made to some iPhone models that support the AT&T pipeline are sent right to voicemail, without giving the device user a chance to answer.

AT&T’s @ATT Twitter account tweeted an easy solution that seems to work. Restarting the affected iPhone (multiple times if necessary) is supposed to help iPhone users …

Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have their prices cut in China; analyst calls Apple a "luxury" brand

Yesterday, we passed along a report that cited demand for the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus in China for Apple’s strong showing in the country during the third calendar quarter (Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter). During that three month period, Apple shipped 38% more iPhone units in the country than it did last year. However, a fresh report from Reuters that was published today, says that the price of the iPhone 8 has been cut by as much as 20% in China. The lower price is designed to lure buyers who otherwise seem fixated on the Apple iPhone X. The tenth anniversary model launches on Friday.

As …

Report: SoftBank calls off Sprint-T-Mobile merger talks

A report out of Japan this morning states that SoftBank, majority owner of Sprint, has called off talks that were being held to merge Sprint and T-Mobile. Last week, there was word that both U.S. based carriers and their respective corporate parents (Deutsche Telekom is the majority owner of T-Mobile) had worked out the broad outline of a transaction which would have left Deutsche Telekom as the majority owner of the combined company. T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere was apparently set to run the wireless operator that would rise from the merger of the third and fourth largest U.S. carriers.  …

Gameloft calls it quits on Windows Phone, stops supporting high-profile games

French developer and publisher has just announced that it has decided to drop support for some of its high-profile Windows Phone games. The decision isn’t surprising considering Microsoft’s recent statements related to the mobile platform.

If you happen to still own a Windows Phone handset, then you should know that Gameloft will be discontinuing development for Dungeon Hunter 5 for Windows Phone, as well as Sniper Fury and Modern Combat 5.

These games and probably others will not be getting any new updates going forward. However, Gameloft is giving players …

T-Mobile, Sprint cancel post-earnings report conference calls; is merger imminent or delayed?

The four major U.S. carriers usually hold a conference call on the phone with analysts and financial reporters immediately following the release of their latest quarterly earnings report. This morning, when T-Mobile announced its Q3 numbers, it cancelled the conference call. Wells Fargo said that the nation’s third largest carrier wanted to “let the 3Q results speak for themselves.” But that might not be the real reason for the cancellation.

A little bit after T-Mobile cancelled its conference call, the wireless operator’s rumored merger partner Sprint revealed that it will report its third …

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature prevents a user from taking calls or reading texts while driving

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL both come with a feature that just might save your life. Toggle on Do Not Disturb under the Driving tab, and the phone will not alert you to incoming texts or calls if it senses that you are in a moving vehicle. This way, if you’re behind the wheel, you’ll be oblivious to calls and texts that normally you might focus on even while driving. Using your phone while steering and navigating on the road is a big no-no, and deaths due to distracted driving have been on the rise. 

The sensors in the phone and Bluetooth combine to tell the Pixel 2 or …

All Amazon Echo devices can now make calls for free on North America to the U.S., Canada and Mexico

It has been quite a week for Amazon’s Echo line up. Not only did Amazon revise the original Echo by adding a cloth cover, it made the new version of the original smart speaker shorter and fatter. The Amazon Echo Plus looks like the original Echo, adding improved Dolby sound and enhanced voice recognition. The addition of the ZigBee smart home hub makes it easier for users to control smart home products like entertainment systems, climate controls, locks and more. Other new models and accessories include the Echo Spot, the Echo Connect and Buttons.

Now, a new report published on Saturday …

Some Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users report static noise during calls

It might have escaped many of you that the number one reason to own a smartphone (besides showing off and impressing others) is to make calls. If there is a problem and you can’t hear the other end of your conversation crystal clear, that is as much of a problem as a bug in the browser is. As it turns out, several Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users are complaining about hearing static through the pair’s earpiece during cellular phone calls.

The static is not showing up when the call is heard over a headset, or if the speaker phone feature is in use. The noise can be heard when …