Carriers

AT&T Q2 2012 financial results see 5.1m smartphones sold

We've been getting a lot of excellent quarterly financial reports in lately. From Samsung and Qualcomm to Verizon and now AT&T, smartphones and tablets are making a lot of people filthy rich. AT&T sold a whopping 5.1 million smartphones in Q2 of its fiscal year, with 61.9% of its postpaid subscribers using a smartphone. That 61.9% figure jibes quite well with what we've been hearing from Nielsen lately, which says that in Q2, 2 out of every 3 people who purchased a phone went with a smartphone over a feature phone.

Google details carrier billing for Music, Movies, Books and more on Play Store

Carrier billing on the Android Market, now known as the Google Play Store isn't anything new. I've been able to bill app purchases directly to T-Mobile for a long, long time. Today though Google has issued an update regarding what all we can purchase and bill to carriers, and who all supports the system. If you're the type that hates giving out that credit card number (like my parents) this graph might be worth a second look.

European carriers say Nokia should go Android

If you've been following smartphone news from some non-Android sources, you probably know that Nokia's Lumia 900 has made quite the splash over on AT&T. But apparently it's not doing so hot across the pond: reports out of European cell carriers say that their retail staff can't make a case for other Lumia phones like the 710 and the 800. Why? It's the software, of course - Nokia's gone full Windows Phone 7 with their smartphone line, something that's a hard sell for European customers expecting Android.

Verizon upgrade fee isn’t as bad as it sounds

There is a lot of chatter and angry readers this afternoon regarding the news that Verizon will start charging a $30 upgrade fee for those looking to upgrade their smartphone. While I'm not a fan of the fee and don't like it one bit myself, it isn't as bad as it sounds and won't be going away either. I'll tell you why below.

Phones 4U New JUMP offers phone upgrades every 6 months

The popular Phones 4U in the UK have been running a trial since last year for a new smartphone trade in model called JUMP. This stands for "Just upgrade my Phone" and will be allowing customers to do just that. Upgrade their phones in as little as 6 months instead of the usual 1 or 2-year upgrade paths we've seen in the past.

AT&T claims you can keep your T-Mobile plan and rate after merger

If you are one of the many users over on T-Mobile that have been wondering what will happen during and after this AT&T-Mobile merger goes though (if it does), AT&T and T-Mobile have outlined a few more details to put users at ease. AT&T is now saying users will be able to keep their current rate and plan after the merger goes through, even after your contract expires from T-Mobile. This is great news for many of the long time T-Mo customers with amazing grandfathered-in plans like myself.

Sony S2 hits FCC with AT&T HSPA+ support, removable battery

Sony's S2 dual-screen Android tablet has been spotted crossing through the FCC as the Sony SGPT211US, complete with 3G/UMTS support for AT&T's bands. The tablet, announced back in April along with its single-screen sibling the Sony S1, is also listed as having a removable 3080 mAh li-ion battery. The particular modem Sony has used, at least in the tested model, is Ericsson's F5521gw, capable of up to 21Mbps HSPA+ speeds on compatible networks. AT&T, of course, has been using HSPA+ for its intermediary 4G coverage, as it prepares its LTE network. There's also 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, just as you'd expect from an Android slate. Still no word exactly on when, beyond Fall 2011, the S2 will go on sale. [via Engadget]

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE official: Pre-orders from June 8

It's not just the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1 arriving imminently; Verizon has thrown up details about its 4G LTE version of the Samsung Honeycomb slate, which is set to hit pre-order on June 8 in either gray or white. Set to arrive in stores this summer - nothing more specific than that, sadly - the Android tablet has the same 10.1-inch display and dual-core Tegra 2 processor as the Limited Edition version we reviewed recently. There's also a 3-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Verizon will also be offering a bevy of accessories, including a full-sized keyboard dock and a docking station for multimedia use. Unfortunately this LTE goodness doesn't come cheap. Verizon is asking $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model, both with a new, two-year agreement. Press Release:
Verizon Wireless Adds 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 To Portfolio 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, Exclusive from Verizon Wireless, Measures Only 8.6 Millimeters Thin 06/02/2011 BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), today announced the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 will be available on the fastest, most advanced network in coming weeks. The slim and sleek Galaxy Tab 10.1 debuts with Android™ Honeycomb and will be available in either Metallica Gray or Glossy White. Customers will be able to pre-order the device online on June 8 at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab4glte. When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits Verizon Wireless stores this summer, it will be accompanied by an array of optional accessories such as a full-sized keyboard dock and a multi-media docking station. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great option for customers who want to enjoy the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network – the fastest network in America,” said Jeff Dietel, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. “Customers can also use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 wherever they are on the nation’s largest 3G network.” Dietel added, “The tablet market is exploding as customers are discovering new uses for the technology that features a large screen, powerful processing speeds and access to Android Market™’s 200,000 applications. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is perfect for customers who want to take advantage of Google™’s new movie rental option and view their favorite film on-the-go.” “Samsung Mobile is excited to expand its mobile tablet portfolio with Verizon Wireless to include the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the thinnest and lightest tablet in the world that delivers a truly mobile multimedia experience on an Android Honeycomb platform.” The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers full support for Google™ Mobile Services, including GmailÔ, YouTube™ and more. Customers will relish the 10.1-inch enhanced display with a 1280x800 resolution HD screen, 1 GHz dual core application processor, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Both consumers and business customers will find a multitude of uses for the Galaxy Tab that range from video chat to business tools, including those that allow for the opening and editing of documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features Adobe® Flash® Player to deliver an enhanced Internet browsing experience and access to content-rich Websites. Verizon Wireless will offer two 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 models both priced with two year customer agreements: $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model. For more information on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, go to: www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab4glte.

T-Mobile Sensation 4G is $550 off-contract

T-Mobile USA's pre-interest page for the Sensation 4G went live yesterday, and now the carrier has confirmed pricing for the HSPA+ smartphone both on and off-contract. As usual for a high-end Android smartphone, the Sensation 4G will be $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement (with mandatory voice and data) after a $50 mail-in rebate. If you'd rather not be tied down to that agreement - and who can blame you - then T-Mobile USA will also offer the Sensation 4G contract-free for $549.99 plus tax. That then allows you to take your pick from the carrier's various plans, use an existing SIM, or go prepaid if you'd prefer. The T-Mobile Sensation 4G is set to land in Target stores from June 12, with wider availability in the carrier's own stores by June 15. Check out our full review over at SlashGear for all the details.