Apple and AT&T have been making big news since last Friday, when they announced that off-contract iPhones can finally be unlocked from Ma Bell’s ball and chain. While it appears the carrier is also unlocking these handsets for in-contract military service members, T-Mobile is looking forward to enlisting a few good (new) iPhone users.
It’s always an entertaining thing to watch a new device launch, especially one the carrier themselves claim will top anything they’ve done before -- including the iPhone. So why in the world did AT&T choose to launch their new flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 900, on a date when most of their stores were closed?
As reported on Friday, AT&T has curiously started to unlock off-contract iPhones, choosing Easter Sunday to kick the service off. Judging from reports online, many users have been successful at getting their handsets freed from Ma Bell’s shackles, while others are still waiting.
Color us shocked: AT&T has announced they’ll start unlocking out of contract iPhones beginning Easter Sunday, which has long been a thorn in the side of international travelers everywhere. Coupled with the fact that Apple now sells contract-free, unlocked handsets on its own, the move may mark the end of an era for many jailbreakers whose interest was mostly using their handset overseas. And there’s plenty more where that came from for this fabulous Friday, April 6, 2012. Happy Easter, everyone!
Even though the iPhone is our handset of choice, we admit to being intrigued by Microsoft’s mobile underdog, Windows Phone. Also, everyone likes a comeback story, and both Redmond and Nokia sure could use one. Judging from early reviews, AT&T’s Lumia 900 may not quite be the device to do it.
So big surprise, people are loving their new iPads, despite all the quibbles you’ve been reading about in the media. Today you’ll have four more reasons to love it thanks to a fresh batch of apps updated to take advantage of that slick Retina Display, which we have to admit, is hard to put down once we hold it in our hands. And there’s even more for this first Monday of April, so sit back and enjoy the ride as we zip through the news for Monday, April 2, 2012.
The weekend is here, and with comes the final installment of our daily recap for the month of March. But hey, don’t be sad or blue -- there will be plenty more tech news coming on Monday, when we jump head first into the month of April and see what new and delightful surprises the spring season might bring us. In the meantime, sit back and ride out the rest of March by catching up on the news for Friday, March 30, 2012.
We may be Apple fans, but we can still appreciate when competitors bring their best game to the table. Microsoft and Nokia are betting the farm with the new AT&T-branded Lumia 900, which the carrier seems to think will have a bigger launch than even the iPhone. We’re hoping that’s a misquote, but we won’t have long to wait -- the Lumia 900 will hits stores on April 8. Since you’re sitting at home plotting which AT&T store will have the shortest lines on that day, why not catch up on the day’s news for Wednesday, March 28, 2012…?
Live in Houston, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota or anywhere in Colorado? Well, congratulations -- you’re among the first to experience a new loyalty program called AT&T Plus which promises cash and prizes to the company’s most loyal customers. (Okay, there are no prizes and the cash is actually just discounts…)
March is winding to a close and our attention turns to April and beyond, wondering what exactly Apple might have up their sleeves for us in the coming months. Meanwhile, competitors like Nokia and HTC are ramping up their Windows Phone initiative with two highly anticipated devices arriving on the same day (!?!) as the kingpins of the cell phone market duke it out over a proposed “micro-SIM” standard that promises to shrink our handsets even further. If you missed today’s news, sit back and soak in what’s happening on this Monday, March 26, 2012.