Locking cell phones is so unpopular a concept that it accomplished the seemingly impossible—it managed to get the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reach a unanimous agreement when they decided to overturn it. We told you about that last week, but today President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. So go on. Provided your initial contract has expired, unlock that iPhone.
Mobile chat services are great, until you don't have an internet connection and the conversation goes dark. That's where FireChat could potentially come in, tapping into the power of iOS 7 to offer chat with other users near and far.
T-Mobile did rather well for itself last year, whether through the introduction of the iPhone, its "Un-Carrier" plans for unlocked devices, or its frequent upgrade program, and if the latest offer from AT&T serves as any indication, other carriers are starting to get worried. How worried? As of today, AT&T is offering T-Mobile users $450 when they trade in eligible smartphones.
If all the news about iPhone 5s shortages made it sound as though Apple's doing quite well for itself, you'd be right. Recent data compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley (via AppleInsider) shows that both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c ranked as two out of the three best-selling smartphones across American providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile for September, October and November of this year.
The Wall Street Journal set much of the tech world abuzz this Wednesday when it announced that China Mobile had at last penned a deal with Apple, but recent news from AppleInsider suggests that the deal is still in the negotiation stage. That's no small stumble for Apple's investors, as the deal could bring many of China Mobile's 740 million users into the Apple fold.
Using a Wi-Fi only iPad works well enough when you have an available connection, but sometimes emergencies strike and you find yourself wishing you had an LTE-enabled device. (Well, I do, anyway.) According to AllThingsD, AT&T's seeking to make those moments easier for us. It looks as though you'll still have to buy a cellular-enabled tablet, but AT&T seeks to ease some of the prohibitive costs involved by introducing a 250 MB data plan for $5.00 a day when you need it.
Almost a third of October has passed and there's still no "iPad mini" announcement from Apple, but that isn't stopping the media from reporting about it -- including word that the junior tablet is likely to come with Wi-Fi only.
iOS 6 has yet to even be released and already, AT&T is finding the update controversial with its plans to only allow FaceTime over cellular connections from the carrier's new Mobile Share data plans, which launch on Thursday.
If you're looking forward to FaceTime with your loved ones over a cellular connection when iOS 6 arrives this fall, you might want to switch up your data plan this week if you're an AT&T customer -- it's going to be a requirement.