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Dallas — All new AT&T cellphone subscribers starting Oct. 25 will have to subscribe to one of the carrier’s Mobile Share plans, the carrier announced in a blog post.
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Dallas – An AT&T-network version of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet became available on the Google Play store, which last week began offering a version that runs on the T-Mobile network.
The AT&T version became available Sept. 17 at $349 following Sept. 10 availability of the T-Mobile version, which is also priced at $349 but with free 2GB data for one month. Both versions come with 32GB embedded memory
New York — AT&T joined T-Mobile in announcing price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet launched at IFA in Berlin.
Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular also plan to offer the device but haven’t announced pricing or an availability date.
In a separate announcement, AT&T said it will offer an LTE-equipped version of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for the first time.
New York — U.S. carriers AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have committed to selling the Galaxy Note 3 phablet, which was launched yesterday at the IFA convention in Berlin.
T-Mobile and AT&T also committed themselves to selling the Note’s companion smart watch, the Galaxy Gear.
Sprint said it would offer the Note 3 in the fall. T-Mobile said it would offer the devices “soon,” and AT&T didn’t lay out a timetable. No carrier revealed pricing.
The Note 3 features 5.7-inch 1,920 by 1080p FullHD display and 4G LTE.
Alpharetta, Ga. — AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless will offer its no-contract cellular service nationwide though its website beginning mid-September.
The subsidiary launched operations in early May to market 4G service under the Aio Wireless brand. The subsidiary currently sells Aio service through Aio-brand stores operated by third parties and at Aio’s website in the markets where Aio stores operate.
Westlake Village, Ill. — Consumer satisfaction with their cellular purchase experience through carrier-direct channels rose among all four national contract carriers in the first half compared with the second half of 2012, a J.D. Power survey found.
AT&T’s customer satisfaction rose the most, putting the carrier in the top spot for the first time in the survey’s 10-year history.
San Diego — Leap Wireless International reported declining revenue for the second quarter of 2013, ended June 30.
Leap was acquired by AT&T last month.
Total revenues for the second quarter of 2013 decreased 7 percent to $731.5 million when compared with the prior-year period. Service revenues decreased 9.7 percent: $731.5 million in the second quarter vs. the prior-year’s $786.8 million.
Dallas – AT&T’s wireless operating revenues rose in the second quarter, but operating income margin fell and the wireless segment posted lower net income.
Wireless operating income was up 5.7 percent in the second quarter to $17.3 billion and 4.6 percent for the half to $34 billion, but operating income margin fell to 27.1 percent from a year-ago 31 percent and from the first quarter’s 27.8 percent because of second-quarter record activations of 6.8 million smartphone, which are highly subsidized.
Dallas — AT&T and Audiovox have partnered to provide network connectivity to an Audiovox telematics and location-based vehicle service system.
The plug-in OBDII device is designed to provide maintenance alerts, vehicle tracking, car location and driver scoring, among other things. A smartphone app will enable remote start and vehicle locking.
The OBDII device will use an embedded HSPA wireless modem to send telematics and location data that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, AT&T said.
Dallas – AT&T plans to emulate rival carrier T-Mobile by offering consumers no-contract wireless-service plans with unsubsidized handsets and tablets, an installment plan to pay off the devices over time, and greater flexibility in switching handsets without penalty.
Under the program, called Next, AT&T subscribers will be able to change handsets once every 12 months without a penalty or upgrade fee.