Nokia Lumia 900 Up For Pre-Order At AT&T For $99.99

Earlier this year, Nokia announced the much-awaited Lumia 900 smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. The Nokia Lumia 900 runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Operating System.

Last week, Nokia announced the price and availability of this device. This handset will go on sale from April 8 in the US. If you can’t wait for the next few days, then you can go ahead and pre-order this device. AT&T has already started taking the pre-orders of the Lumia 900 smartphone at their retail as well as online stores. Currently, you can pre-orders only for the black and cyan blue variants, since the white Lumia 900 will be available from April 22.

nokia lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900 features a 4.3 inch ClearBlack display, sporting a resoulution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with f2.2/28mm Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash, auto-focus and HD (720p) video recording, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 14.5 GB user memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, SkyDrive, Wi-Fi Internet Sharing for up to 5 devices, AT&T Radio, Office 365, Xbox Live, Windows Marketplace, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Bing Maps, 4G LTE – up to 50 Mbps down/ 25 Mbps up, IE9 with HTML 5 support, AT&T Navigator, Zune, up to 60 hours of music playback in offline mode, up to 7 hours of talk-time, up to 300 hours of stand-by time and a 1830 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 900 will be available for just $99.99. If you are a new AT&T subscriber, then you can get this device for free with the usual 2 year service agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. On the other hand, Walmart is also taking the pre-orders for the black and cyan blue variant at their online store for just $50, instead of the regular $99.99 price set by the carrier. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get the Nokia Lumia 900 from AT&T or Walmart.

HTC Titan II Coming To AT&T On April 8 For $199.99

Earlier this year, HTC announced the powerful HTC Titan II at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset is the successor of the popular HTC Titan smartphone. It comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD display as well as a 16 megapixel pixel camera. This handset runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Operating System.

The HTC Titan II is the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the US. We have good news for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this handset. AT&T recently announced that the HTC Titan II will be finally available for purchase from April 8. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

htc titan ii

HTC Titan II features a 4.7 inch super LCD display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, 16 megapixel rear camera with f/2.6 28mm lens, dual-LED flash, red eye reduction and image stabilization, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for on-the-go video chat over Wi-Fi and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, 4G LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Windows Marketplace, Windows Phone Office Hub, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Outlook Mobile, A-GPS, Bing Maps, HTC Hub and a 1730mAh lithium ion battery.

The HTC Titan II offers quick access to the latest movies and TV shows via HTC Watch and on-the-go gaming with Xbox Live. This handset will be available for purchase from April 8 for $199.99 with a two year service agreement. Are you planning to buy this handset or you will go for the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC One X? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Nokia Is Paying AT&T So Employees Can Exclusively Use The Lumia 900

Since the dawn of Windows Phone, its relatively slow sales in contrast to other platforms is largely attributable to those on the front lines. Salespeople are unfamiliar with the platform, and thus naturally push Android and iOS devices to consumers far more than Windows Phone devices. To help solve this problem, it appears that Nokia and AT&T may strike a deal in which front-selling AT&T employees will have the ability to receive a Lumia 900 (for ‘Company Use’) at no cost.

They will, however, have to hand in their current ‘Company Use’ handset — which is either an iPhone or one of the flagship Android devices — in order to participate. So, it isn’t forced exclusivity, but the ability to receive the device completely free of charge may sway some employees to give Windows Phone a shot. Nokia expects that around 80% of Nokia employees will be using the Lumia 900.

So, how much will Nokia be paying AT&T to conduct this promotion? Up to $25 million, according to WPCentral. However, I think that it will be a sound investment. With employees genuinely interested and passionate in the Windows Phone OS, their ability to actually sell the handsets will be far better than if it continues to be something obscure that they don’t pay much mind to.

As a quality piece of hardware, the Lumia 900 is pretty much the perfect device to make people fall in love with the OS. Apparently, it is aptly a “hero” device, which, in carrier-speak means that it would be a heavily-promoted phone (think to the level of the iPhone and some flagship Android handsets), and will be touted significantly in stores. It will be the first Windows Phone to receive this status.

Perhaps with the iPhone available through other carriers, AT&T wishes to find a new platform to push to make itself truly unique from the competition. Whatever the case, this can only lead to good things for the Windows Phone platform.

HTC Vivid On AT&T Gets The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Last year, AT&T announced the powerful HTC Vivid smartphone. This device comes with a 4.5 inch LCD qHD display as well as a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S3 processor. The HTC Vivid originally runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, last week HTC announced that HTC Vivid and 15 other smartphones will get the Android 4.0 update in the coming weeks.

We have good news for the HTC Vivid customers. AT&T has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Vivid smartphone. The latest update comes with Beats Audio, Face Unlock, advanced voice and text input, UI improvements and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

HTC vivid

  • Beats Audio – Enhance your music and video experience with Beats Audio. Whenever a media file is played using the default media players or most third-party applications, the Beats Audio indicator will appear in the notification bar. Simply tap the notification to enable or disable Beats Audio. You can also turn Beats Audio on or off in the Settings menu. Note: Beats Audio will only work when headphones or an external speaker is connected. This is to ensure the best possible audio quality.
  • Face Unlock – Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device using face recognition. It takes advantage of the device’s front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup, and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your device in front of your face to unlock, or use a backup PIN or pattern.
  • Improved email – Easier to send, read and manage through recipient auto-completion, stored text, and nested sub-folders. For enterprises, the Email app supports EAS v14. It supports EAS certificate authentication, provides ABQ strings for device type and mode, and allows automatic sync to be disabled while roaming. Administrators can also limit attachment size or disable attachments.
  • Bluetooth Mouse and keyboard – Use a Bluetooth mouse and/or keyboard with your device and adjust its settings.
  • UI Improvements – Access the notification bar on the lock screen. Drag apps/shortcuts on top of one another to create folders. New fully customizable Launch Bar at the bottom of the screen. Resizable widgets.
  • Advanced Voice and Text Input – More robust and can be used to dictate an entire email. Intelligent enough to recognize pauses, breaks and punctuation. Advanced Spell Checker.

HTC Vivid owners can download and install the update directly from the phone using Wi-Fi. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.

International 4G iPad Models Will Work on AT&T

With the introduction of the new iPad, the 4G LTE data plans cost and how they would work was not made clear. Just yesterday, it was clarified that Verizon would support the mobile hotspot functionality in the iPad data plans. AT&T will not for now though.

Yesterday, SlashGear pointed out that the WiFi + 4G iPad announced by Apple on Wednesday will not be compatible with LTE networks under development in most of the launch countries. The LTE discussion during the media event focused on five carriers in the US (AT&T and Verizon) and Canada (Bell, Rogers, and Telus). It was also noted that international markets would have other options available for cellular connectivity.

An issue with the international LTE availability comes from the fact that AT&T’s version of the new iPad released in the US support LTE on the 700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequency bands. However, Apple is distributing those same models to its international markets, but LTE infrastructure in most of those countries are utilizing 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2600 MHz bands that are not support by the device.

Now, Apple has confirmed to The Verge that those international 4G iPad models can be used on AT&T’s LTE network in the United States by travelers, even though they will not have LTE support at home. Apple says:

iPads sold internationally will be able to connect to AT&Ts LTE network when in the US with the appropriate SIM and plan.


Verizon Including Mobile Hotspot in iPad Data Plans

With the introduction of the iPad, Apple also introduced the ability to use the iPad as a hotspot, but only if carriers allow it. When announced, it wasn’t clear what the data plans for the 4G + WiFi version would be like. Also, it wasn’t clear if AT&T and Verizon would support the hotspot feature.

Today, GottaBeMobile reports that Verizon has officially announced that its data plans for the new iPad Wi-Fi + 4G will include mobile hotspot functionality at no additional charge. This will allow users to share the device’s data network and broadcast it as a WiFi signal. That WiFi signal can be used to provide data connectivity for other WiFi enabled devices.

AT&T Verizon 4G LTE iPad data plans

Unfortunately, AT&T has still yet to announce specific plans for mobile hotspot functionality on the new iPad, as a statement provided to 9to5Mac. AT&T is currently “working with Apple” on the issue, but isn’t offering the capability at this moment.

It is also worth pointing out that owning an iPad 4G + WiFi version is cheaper than owning a MiFi in the US. In the US, a MiFi usually has a $50 upfront fee and then $50/month fee for 24 months. That works out to $2,000+ before tax, and if you want to terminate the contract early, there is an additional fee. However, if you just purchase an iPad 4G+LTE, you aren’t tied to contract and only have to pay for the data plan/hotspot functionality if you want.

Rumor: Nokia To Launch ‘AC/DC’ And ‘Prodigy’ Apollo Handsets

According to The Verge, Nokia are readying two new Windows Phone 8 ‘Apollo’ handsets that they plan to launch later this year on AT&T. The Prodigy — aptly codenamed — is geared to be a high-end flagship device that runs the new, major Windows Phone release in all its glory. The AC/DC on the other hand will be a mid-range device.

The device names — Prodigy and AC/DC — are believed to be codenames; they will probably be branded as Lumia devices when they officially hit the shelves later on this year. While we now have an idea of what Nokia may be planning as far as Apollo handsets for AT&T, we’re still in the dark when it comes to their plans for other major carriers in the U.S. are.

We know that Verizon is, for the most part, holding off on Windows Phones until Apollo — in fact, they terminated plans to offer a Nokia handset this January/February. And from what we’re hearing, Sprint have the same ‘wait until Apollo’ thinking when it comes to their Windows Phone strategy.

One thing’s for sure: It’s definitely cropping up to be a major update. Even HTC are holding out until Windows Phone 8 before releasing any serious devices to the market.

Samsung Rugby Smart Announced; Coming To AT&T On March 4

Samsung recently announced a new entry-level smartphone, the Samsung Rugby Smart. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. The Samsung Rugby Smart is a waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof smartphone, which can be submerged in 1m of water for 30 minutes. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the US.

“We continue to bring the highest quality devices – the Rugby Smart is the ultimate smartphone to withstand extreme conditions,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “AT&T customers are now able to stay connected with a durable smartphone while experiencing even the roughest environment.”

samsung rubgy smart

Samsung Rugby Smart features a 3.7 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear facing with flash and auto focus, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, A-GPS, Samsung Kies Air, Android Market, up to 8 hours of talk-time, up to 16 days of stand-by time, and a 1650 mAh battery. This handset measures 122.4mm x 65.9mm x 12.19mm and weighs 119g.

Samsung has not revealed the complete specs of this device. No details regarding the processor and amount of RAM were mentioned in the official press release. The Samsung Rugby Smart will be available for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly minimum data plan. AT&T subscribers can get this handset from March 4. Until then, check out the video below.

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE Now Available At AT&T For $299

Samsung Galaxy Note, the company’s first phone/tablet hybrid device is finally available for purchase in the US. Last year, Samsung announced this device and released it in most of the European and Asian markets. However, the folks living in the US were left behind. Samsung finally announced the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 for those who were eagerly waiting for the arrival of this device in the US. This handset is exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the US.

samsung galaxy note lte

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE features a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, S Pen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, SAFE – Samsung Approved for Enterprise, GPS with A-GPS, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Games Hub, Android Market and a 2500 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note has already crossed the 1 million mark within 2 months of its official launch. With the launch of this device in the US market, the number is expected to double within a month. The Samsung Galaxy Note LTE is available for $299 with a 2 year service agreement. To get this device, head over to AT&T or BestBuy.

AT&T Motorola Atrix Gets A Software Update

Last year, AT&T launched the powerful Motorola Atrix smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. AT&T recently rolled out a new software update for the Motorola Atrix smartphone. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The AT&T Motorola Atrix is expected to get the Android 4.0 update during the Q3 of 2012.

The latest update is numbered 4.5.141 and it provides enhancements for better entertainment experience, greater device security and improved operational system performance. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Motorola ATRIX


  • Security – Implemented latest Google Android security fixes
  • Stability – Improvements to memory function as it relates to media applications and ability to prevent need for re-booting when phone is impacted by heavy loading or high temperatures
  • Bluetooth – Enhancement which allows you to launch voice command from bluetooth enabled headset when phone is asleep
  • Wi-Fi – Improvements to Wi-Fi settings to deliver better overall consumer experience as well as  to make it easier to use Mobile Hotspot with your phone
  • Messaging – Improvements to text messaging capability to deliver better user experience
  • Contacts – Improvements are made to maintain all phone book contacts after the OTA upgrade

This upgrade can only be downloaded over a Wi-Fi network. You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page at Motorola.