Last month, Facebook announced that the first phone to come installed with Facebook Home is the HTC First. The price of the HTC First was set to $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. That price has dropped $99 already to a price of $0.99 with the same two-year AT&T agreement. The full retail price for the HTC First without a contract is $350.99.
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Today AT&T announced that they will be getting the LG Optimus G Pro exclusively. The G Pro is powered by Android 4.1.2 and has a 5.5-inch full HD screen. Price of the G-Pro is $199 with on contract. Sales will begin on May 3rd and the device will come with a free Quick Cover folio case. The G Pro is the successor to the LG Optimus G, which was released last year.
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Earlier today, Google announced that Google Fiber is coming to Austin, Texas. AT&T is going to be launching a gigabit network of their own in Austin, Texas too. We know that Google’s gigabit network is coming in mid-2014, but there is no word about when AT&T’s gigabit network is coming. AT&T provides a fiber to U-Verse with speeds of up to 24Mbps download.
Boingo Wireless is a company that offers global WiFi services at over 400,000 hotspots worldwide. Boingo is available in airports, hotels, cafes, and coffee shops. Today Boingo and AT&T has announced a global WiFi roaming agreement.
After some long delays due to a camera shortage, the HTC One is now available for pre-order. The phone will be available on AT&T starting April 19th with pre-orders starting on April 4th. The HTC One will cost $199.99 with a two-year agreement for the 32GB version. The 64GB version of the phone costs $299.99 with a two-year contract. Pre-orders for the HTC One will start at exactly 1PM Central Time on April 4th.
AT&T has announced HD Voice is coming to AT&T this year. At the VentureBeat Mobile Summit in Sausalito, California, AT&T Senior Vice President of Network Technologies Kris Rinne said that HD Voice is a part of the company’s LTE strategy. HD Voice requires support from the network and the devices on each side of the call. AT&T’s HD Voice will be rolled out later this year as they start to route voice calling over the LTE network.
Ericsson AB is currently in talks to acquire Microsoft Internet Protocol television (IPTV) business. Microsoft’s IPTV division creates software that is used by companies like AT&T for streaming TV on the Internet. The transaction may conclude in a few weeks. Ericsson has been looking for new ways to partner with companies that compete against cable and satellite providers lately so this acquisition would make sense. Microsoft has an interested in offloading their IPTV business because they want to focus on delivering TV through the Xbox gaming console.
Earlier this month, we wrote about how the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone was rumored to arrive on AT&T starting March 22nd. AT&T has officially announced that the Z10 will be available for pre-order on March 12th for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Below is a press release about the news:
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