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HTC Lead headed to AT&T, system dump leaked

HTC Lead

We’re still taking in all of the leaks that have popped up in the past day or two but one that stands out currently is the system dump for the upcoming HTC Lead. According to the information that can be stripped out of the dump, this device is starting to sound similar to the HTC Inspire 4G with some more horsepower: Read the rest of this entry

Will the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within be the US versions of the Galaxy S II?

When the original Samsung Galaxy S phone came to the U.S., it was branded as the Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, U.S. Cellular Mesmerize and the Cellular South Showcase. Is it any surprise that the same thing is going to happen all over again for the new Galaxy S II. For some reason the Fascinate 2 or Captivate 2 is just not good enough.

An online web store has a listing for a silicon gel case that’s compatible with the generic Samsung Galaxy S II, but also lists Attain (AT&T), Function (Verizon), and Within (Sprint).

Get ready for the bloatware and other tweaks from the U.S. carriers. It  will also be interesting to see if NFC makes it over on any of the U.S. versions. Read the rest of this entry

Atrix 4G Lapdock accessory drops to $299 starting May 1

Atrix 4G Lapdock Pricing

If you’ve been eyeing the Motoroala Atrix 4G and its slick little Lapdock but didn’t exactly feel all warm and fuzzy at the $399 a la carte price tag, things are looking up. According to this screen shot we just received, the Lapdock will drop to $299 on May 1, and the total cost of the Atrix with Lapdock falls to a more palatable $399. Someone feeling a little Transformer heat, perhaps?

Motorola Atrix 4G update imminent, and it’s coming soon, too

Motorola Atrix 4G update

It’s hardly been a secret that Motorola’s been testing an update for the Atrix 4G on AT&T — we’ve been going over the changelog — and now it looks like it could officially be pushed out tomorrow, April 29. Need a reminder of what’s in the 4.1.8.3 update? Here ’tis:

  • Data Speed Increased speed at which data can travel on the network.
  • Data Connection Improvements to prevent interruptions to data connection.Screen Improvements to prevent screen from freezing.
  • Email Improved ability for users to receive email notifications so you know when you have a new message. Also, improvements were made so that you are now able to use the same email login to access both MOTOBLUR™ and YouTube.
  • Skype Improvements to call audio function so it is easier for the person you called to hear you. Please note this application is not pre-loaded on the phone, but is available for download from the Android Market.
  • Wi-Fi Increased functionality by enabling Yahoo Email to be sent over a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Display Improved International Roaming Warning Message by simplifying user notification so that it only appears on the screen when you move to a new network.
  • Happenings Widget Improved Happenings Widget to ensure that you receive the latest updates across the social networks you are connected to such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
  • Calling Improvements were made to incoming and outgoing call functionality to ensure a more seamless experience.

So be on the lookout starting tomorrow, and sing out if you get it.

AT&T warns unofficial tethering will auto-trigger $25 extra fee

AT&T obviously isn’t relying on either honor or guilt to get people to stop unofficially tethering their phones. Having sent out SMS warnings last month to smartphone users caught tethering without a special data plan that they were flouting the carrier’s policies, AT&T has apparently followed up with a second message, reports TiPB, saying they’ll be automatically upgrading users to the appropriate package, an extra $45 $25 per month.

“AT&T Free Msg: We’ve noticed you’re continuing to enjoy the tethering feature with your smartphone service. Remember, you need a tethering plan ($45/mo, incl. 4GB) to use this feature, so we’re planning to update your line with the required plan soon. Visit att.com/dataplans or call 888-860-6789.”

Many iPhone owners had used unofficial WiFi hotspot apps like MyWi to share the handset’s connection out with their tablets, notebooks and other devices. While AT&T offers this functionality officially, it also charges extra for it: the regular smartphone data plan only covers on-device browsing and messaging.

What will be interesting is how AT&T reacts to the inevitable complaints from subscribers demanding they prove they have been tethering. Automatically subscribing people to a new, expensive add-on is likely to provoke no small amount of vitriol.

Update: AT&T has pointed out that the actual extra fee is $25 per month – on top of the existing $20 on-device data plan. That gets you an extra 2GB of data for use on any device for a total of 4GB.

[via GottaBeMobile]

AT&T, Verizon Battle FCC Over 700MHz Interoperability For Smaller Carriers To Roam

Earlier this month, the FCC mandated that large carriers such as AT&T and Verizon had to share their data networks with smaller regional carriers—they are already required to share voice networks—such that roaming deals are priced reasonably. As part of this mandate, was a push for interoperability across different bands of the 700MHz network and their associated hardware so that smaller carriers can roam on the different networks of the larger carriers. AT&T and Verizon are not too pleased and cite expense and increased handset size as making this an unfavorable direction.

It’s something that smaller carriers, such as Cellular South, look forward to because it will make roaming more affordable. A handset that has a universal chip would work on all networks regardless of what band it’s running on in the 700MHz spectrum. There are currently three major bands of the 700MHz spectrum including Verizon’s C Block (class 13), AT&T’s C and B Blocks (class 17) and smaller carriers A, B, and C Block (class 12).

Qualcomm is planning on a chipset to support class 12 but says that their chips can only support up to two bands below 1GHz and three bands above 1GHz. According to the chip maker, it will be very difficult to support the right combination of bands to allow roaming between AT&T, Verizon, and the smaller carriers. In fact, it’s so complicated it could take years to develop. It’s not certain when and if the FCC will make a decision regarding this issue.

[via Phonescoop]

RBC: ‘iPads outselling hotcakes,’ iPhone 5 due in September

RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky on Tuesday reiterated the firm’s position that sales of popular Apple products like the iPad 2 likely helped Apple record an impressive fiscal second quarter. In a note to investors, Abramsky wrote that tremendous demand for Apple’s iPad 2 tablet along with solid sales of the iPhone 4 (17 million units) and Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks (3.6 million total Macs) may have led to $24 billion in revenue in the second quarter. The figure would represent 78% growth over the same quarter last year, and is above Wall Street’s consensus of $23 billion. RBC sees Apple having shipped 7 million iPads in the second quarter, which includes 2-3 million iPad 2 units and is down 5% from the year prior. The firm estimates 8 million third-quarter iPad shipments, and also notes that Apple will likely launch the iPhone 5 in September — but if it instead launches in June, it could add $1.2 billion to the firm’s $23-$24 billion third-quarter revenue estimates. RBC adjusted its full-year iPad sales forecast up from 25 million to 31 million units, thus pushing its fiscal 2011 revenue estimates from $99 billion to $102 billion and possibly helping Apple to cross the $100 billion milestone for the first time. Apple will report its fiscal second-quarter earnings on April 20th.

AT&T ups early upgrade fee by $50 on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone

If your 2-year contract with AT&T isn’t up, but you have been eyeing a new smartphone you should have purchased a few weeks ago. AT&T has confirmed to BGR that it has increased its upgrade fees for shorter 1-year contracts and for early upgrades. The new upgrade fee is $50 more on several popular smartphone categories.

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The new $50 upgrade increase is applied to the Android phone, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as all Windows Phones. If you are looking for a new smartphone on a 1-year contract that will set you back $150 more than before. I guess AT&T doesn’t want that many folks trying to upgrade early.

AT&T points out that only early upgrade customers will be affected by the price increase. The discounted prices for people eligible for upgrades remain the same for now. I would assume this means that when the iPhone 5 does come out it will cost folks that are generally offered an early upgrade to the new iPhone from an existing model more loot. Perhaps the move is in preparation for the iPhone 5.

Apparent AT&T-friendly Nexus S appears on Samsung support site

The rumors of a version of the Nexus S that’s friendly to the 850 and 1900MHz bands that AT&T uses — and that will be released in the United States and not require importing — have circulated for a while. We found it tipped in code in late February. Looks like we might be closer to an actual release, as the GT-9020A is on Samsung’s support site, with some AT&T markings on the page to boot.

Still no word on any release date or pricing, but we’d image it’d be along the lines of the T-Mobile version of the Nexus S, at $529 off-contract at Best Buy.

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Samsung Nexus S with AT&T-compatable radio shows up in online catalog

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There’s been no official word from Samsung or Google, but the Nexus S with GSM 850/1900 radio bands has shown up for sale at Negri Electronics’ online store. It’s carrying a model number of i9020T, and is available in black or white for $598.50. What we don’t know is if this is the Nexus S with an AT&T specific radio, or an unlocked import of the Nexus S from abroad. I’m sure as people order these and get them in-hand, we’ll know a bit more.

In either case, it’s a Nexus S that will work with AT&T’s 3G, and more than a few of you guys have been waiting for one of these.

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